Could You Really Legally Kill Someone with a “Wanted Dead or Alive” Bounty on Their Head?
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Could You Really Legally Kill Someone with a “Wanted Dead or Alive” Bounty on Their Head?

November 18, 2019


A classic Hollywood trope is the idea of a
poster with the photo of a given criminal along with very large print text that would
say something like “Wanted- Dead or Alive”. But did these actually ever exist and could
you actually kill someone legally when such a poster was issued by the authorities? To answer the first question- yes, there are
many known instances of such “Dead or Alive” posters being put up by the state and other
entities, but that doesn’t actually tell the whole story. Just because a poster stated something like
“Dead or Alive” it did not grant any individual the right to kill the person without legal
consequences. For example, consider the infamous murder
of Jesse James at the hands of his outlaw buddies Charley and Robert Ford. Missouri governor Thomas Crittenden negotiated
with various rail companies to offer a $5,000 ($131,000 today) reward each for the capture
of Jesse James or his brother Frank. The subsequent posters noted “Wanted Dead
or Alive Jesse or Frank James”. Ultimately the Ford brothers arranged with
the governor in secret to bring their buddy Jesse in. Deal struck, on the morning of April 3, 1882,
the brothers had breakfast with James. After eating, the trio walked into the living
room. When James turned his back on the brothers,
reportedly to clean a dusty photo, Robert Ford shot him in the back of the head. Unfortunately for Charley and Robert, when
they went to collect the reward, they instead found themselves promptly arrested for murder
and soon after were sentenced to hang. You see, James was unarmed at the time of
his death, and just as importantly was not in any way resisting arrest or attempting
to flee. He seemingly didn’t even know the Ford brothers
were there to arrest him that day. To get away with killing such a person you
were attempting to collect a bounty on the person needed to be resisting in some way,
particularly in a way that threatened your own life. Thus, you could only kill them if it was self
defense, which wouldn’t have been any different than if someone attacked you outside of any
bounty scenario, with one caveat. For quite some time in U.S. history it was
legal to use deadly force against a fleeing felon, even if your own life wasn’t immediately
threatened. The logic behind this was seemingly that chasing
down a fleeing person could be dangerous in unforeseen ways. It also incentivized criminals to not try
to flee in the first place upon discovery. Granted, if no one was around to witness,
whose to say the dangerous criminal you killed didn’t actively threaten your life in an
imminent way to cause you to defend yourself? And given that bringing such a criminal in
across long distances used to be an extremely dangerous affair in many cases, anecdotally
it seems like it wasn’t uncommon to simply rid the world of the alleged criminal first
and then lie about what happened after. A body is so much safer to transport and people
were quick to believe a dangerous criminal would fight tooth and nail to escape because,
after all, in many cases they probably did if they knew being brought in was going to
likely result in a hanging. They really had nothing to lose. On that note, Teddy Roosevelt was once thanked
by boat thief Michael Finnigan for not killing him in this sort of scenario, despite the
extreme risk to Roosevelt at the time. In a nutshell a couple guys stole a boat from
Roosevelt in the dead of winter. Rather than let it go, Roosevelt dropped everything
and built a new boat, tracked them down and captured the thieves. The whole affair ended up being a few hundred
mile trek, which had to be partially on foot because ice made the river unnavigable at
a certain point. Near the end, Roosevelt had to stay awake
40 hours straight to guard the prisoners as they walked and rested. You see, he was escorting them alone at that
point and it was so bitterly cold that he worried the criminals would get frost bite
if he bound them in any way, so he didn’t. In the end, Roosevelt didn’t even press
charges against one of the men, noting he didn’t “have enough sense to do anything
good or bad.” As for the aforementioned Finnigan, while
he did find himself behind bars, he thanked Roosevelt for not killing him as most lawmen
would have done in the same set of circumstances. You can learn much more about this fascinating
saga on one of our favorite series of our BrainFood Show podcast titled The Bull Moose. Though perhaps a better title for that series
would have been: In Which Teddy Roosevelt Makes Men Everywhere Feel a Little Less Manly. In any event, going back to the Ford brothers,
they did end up getting off as the governor went ahead and pardoned them, something that
was met with mixed reaction by the general public. The speed at which the trial and pardon happened
had some accusing the governor of actually knowing before hand that James would be killed
and that the pardon had likewise all been pre-planned. Although this seems to strain credibility
because if Robert Ford had known it would be illegal to kill James in the way he did,
he could have killed him in the exact same way and just made up a story that James had
tried to attack him or flee. No one would have been the wiser in that case
and there would have been no need to trust the governor to grant a pardon. Whatever the case, going back to the Wanted
Dead or Alive posters, there are a few more caveats to consider as well. First, while depictions in movies and games
often show clear photographs, in reality many historical examples were simple sketches,
and often even got the descriptions of the person wrong. Further, in the vast majority of cases, it
was lawmen themselves who would take it upon themselves to go hunt down the criminal and
collect the reward, not someone in the general public. Naturally, while finding criminals was sort
of their job anyway, criminals that had bounties on their heads tended to get much higher priority
and a lot more effort. A caveat to that was that it was occasionally
the case that a member of the general public would be deputized specifically to go capture
someone. This brings us around to who pays. In most cases, as you might have guessed from
our former mentioned instance of Missouri Governor Thomas Crittenden getting railroad
companies to put up the reward money, this usually wasn’t actually the state itself,
but rather private companies or individuals who had particular interest in seeing someone
brought to justice and wanted to incentivize law enforcement to actually do something about
it. It was also these private entities that were
more likely to have something like “Dead or Alive” put in the poster if they were
involved. The legality of killing the person wasn’t
really relevant here- only what the stipulations were for getting the reward. And if the company or person just wanted the
alleged criminal out of the way, regardless of how it happened, they might state that
they were happy to pay even if the person was killed. This would incentivize more people to try
to capture the person as the risk would be less than if it was required that the person
be brought in alive no matter what. If the wanted poster and reward were coming
from the state alone, it was far more likely that the poster would say something more benign,
and more likely that a bounty would only be paid if the person was brought in alive and
in some cases even requiring the person be convicted. Again, all of this had more to do with the
stipulations surrounding how one could get paid, rather than the legality of anything
suggested in the poster. It should also be noted that if a private
citizen aided a lawmen in tracking down or bringing in alleged criminals, from accounts
we reviewed it would seem not uncommon at all for the lawmen to go ahead and make sure
they themselves got the lion’s share of the reward, in a few instances even when the
lawmen did little but recover the body after the private citizen had done their part. For example, in the aforementioned case of
the Ford brothers who killed Jesse James, for all their trouble, they ended up only
getting a small percentage of the bounty, with the rest going to Marshal Henry H. Craig
and Sheriff James Timberlake. But to sum up- yes Wanted Dead or Alive posters
were indeed a thing, though this did not technically allow people to legally kill someone if they
found them, as is often portrayed in movies. Doing so flagrantly might just see the killer
wind up on their own Wanted poster. England’s history, bail was not in the form
of money, but rather in the form of a person who would stand trial and potentially be sentenced
in your place if you skipped town. As you might imagine from this, bounties on
those who’d skipped town were most definitely a thing going back at least as far as the
13th century in England as those who had pledged themselves as bail, but had the person skip
town, were highly incentivized to get the person back. Using money, rather than a person, as bail
finally changed in the 17th century thanks to the Habeas Corpus Act. While you’ll often read that these 13th
century instances were the first known instances of bounty hunters, this isn’t correct at
all. It seems more likely that this has been going
on since as long as civilized humans have been humaning. As for one example drastically predating 13th
century England, at some unknown point in the history of Pompeii (definitely preceding
79AD for obvious reasons), someone wrote on a wall: “A copper pot went missing from
my shop. Anyone who returns it to me will be given
65 bronze coins. 20 more will be given for information leading
to the capture of the thief.” Moving over to China in the 3rd century BC,
Emperor Qin Shi Huang is known to have used bounties for various purposes. If you’re wondering if Wanted Dead or Alive
posters are still a thing, not really. While Wanted posters are still around, and
the FBI, for example, currently uses over 5,000 digital billboards at various times
for this purpose, the Dead or Alive variety went the way of the Dodo around the early
20th century. That said, we did find one instance occurring
in 2018. In this case, in California an unnamed homeowner
who was robbed put up Wanted Dead or Alive posters with the image of the person who had
robbed him. As you might imagine, local law enforcement
did not take kindly to this, though the person in question refused to stop posting the Dead
or Alive bounty, citing freedom of speech. The police did not do anything about it, and
they eventually captured the theif. However, they did note that had something
happened to the thief as a result of the posters, there very likely would have been legal ramifications
for the homeowner.

100 Comments

  • Reply Today I Found Out May 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm

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  • Reply ferdonandebull July 6, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    All felony warrants are dead or alive. Just resist hard enough.

    Fleeing felon rules have moderated but all states still have them..

    Now in Europe a lot of countries had outlaw statutes. England kept hers for a long years and Germany kept theirs through ww2.

    Since most states adopted English common law the ability to cry outlaw probably did exist.. codification of law is not necessary when you are a common law state..

    To be an outlaw was to be without the protection of the law and you could be killed with impunity..

  • Reply ferdonandebull July 6, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Pay when a sheriff cry’s possy was this way..

    The sheriff and his deputies were paid by the county. Sometimes they were allowed to keep a reward.

    If the sheriff cried possy the possy men were exclusively paid by reward.

    This was a hold over from England…

  • Reply ferdonandebull July 6, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Today if there is a reward offered and an officer catches someone the employing entity gets the money.

    Years ago the feds paid fifty bucks for deserters. Depending on your Sgt (in my organization) you might get it…

  • Reply Daniel Atkins July 7, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Ned kelly was the only person ever to be declared an out law by the British crown. Meaning he was no longer protected by laws alowing anyone to kill him at any time without repercussions.

  • Reply Andrew Hawthorne July 7, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    "Dead or Wanted posters were a way to draw in registered and recognized bounty hunters. Wanted Posters were a warning and cautionary public announcements about individual(s) that were at large. This tactic was also used because of wanderers who walked in town. If you were a bounty hunter looking for quick cash. Wanted posters or seeking information from the Sheriff usually offered a way to aquire funds."
    -A.H. Roberts

  • Reply Jared Black July 8, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Robert Ford. That dirty little coward!

  • Reply jordan secrist July 9, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    That Teddy story sounds like a story that an old man tells after dinner with a cigar. The kind of story that you hear as a kid and then think about as an adult and come to the conclusion he was exaggerating everything. That sounds like some Hollywood bs to me.

  • Reply Sean McLaughlin July 10, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    If you ever want to see a strange case of western justice, check out the story of Tom Horn. He was a lawman that murdered a young sheep herder while dealing with a land dispute and was hanged by a water-powered gallows.

  • Reply Daniel Pedersen July 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    They just didn't wanna pay up for… Typical rich white dude

  • Reply Actheman1978 July 10, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Teddy Roosevelt: The True First Avenger

  • Reply Wesley Harrison July 12, 2019 at 2:17 am

    I want to host drunk history and I want to do Teddy Roosevelt, because that man was badass.

  • Reply Alex Becker July 12, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I love these videos because they are interesting.

  • Reply mark bennett July 13, 2019 at 2:05 am

    We need to bring it back, that would help make America great again.

  • Reply Oma Cool July 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Trump thinks he can.

  • Reply Barney Braddock July 14, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Don't like your body language. You seem like a douchebag.

  • Reply Radical Rainbow July 15, 2019 at 9:04 am

    You spin me right round right round babeeeeeee —Dead or Alive

  • Reply cardboard box July 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    This seems like a sketch where someone brings the bounty in dead to who made the poster and find out there angry at the person trying to collect the bounty has they'd just killed there dad and the poster was a joke.

  • Reply Fred Smith July 19, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I guarantee you bring al bahgdadi (Isis leader) in dead you still get the massive payout. Just because the FBI top 10 don't say it, it might as well be implied. But if the CIA hasn't found the person, I doubt any civilian could without actually knowing them

  • Reply teacup ichee demongod July 21, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    You look like Michael Stevens in the thumbnail

  • Reply TarTarus Zelus July 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    You can but you may void your bount.
    Then the horse cops may not like how you did it and even if you stop the keep shooting you. ?
    Who gets the reference her?

  • Reply Sky Wizard July 24, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Why is this whole video not about Teddy Roosevelt??

  • Reply LRM12o8 July 26, 2019 at 3:26 am

    10:52 America considers this "Freedom of Speech"? Whaaat?!
    If you put up Wanted – Dead or Alive posters, you're incentivizing a crime and propagating violence against another person, also it's an act of vigilantism, and quite possibly slander, all of which would get you into serious legal trouble in most other western countries.

  • Reply Ilja Buchmüller July 27, 2019 at 12:59 am

    This clip is inaccurate in terms of a 44 people on FBI search list in 2001, see also in https://www.google.com/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/International/fbis-wanted-terrorists-15-years/story%3fid=

  • Reply G Nk July 27, 2019 at 6:03 am

    If you bring in a corpse that sorta looks like the picture how would they know different?

  • Reply Robin de Roos July 27, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Does that mean bounty hunters were sanctioned by law?

  • Reply Historicul Geomocule July 27, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Not really

  • Reply Didivs Ivlianvs July 28, 2019 at 4:36 am

    One thing you didn't cover is how a private citizen seizing someone who is wanted is not kidnapping, justifying resistance by the crook, who is presumed innocent, in self-defense with deadly force.

  • Reply Rob Ayres July 30, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I wonder how many boats Roosevelt could have built in the time it took to bring two morons to justice?
    Did Roosevelt ever have the same thought?
    Hmmmm…

  • Reply Pycho Hobo August 4, 2019 at 3:08 am

    Didn't Osama Bin Loten have a wanted dead or alive on him? I seem to remember he did. Memory is a little fuzzy but I think it was for 1.3 million. I know it was over 1 million because I was thinking on it. But I know no arabic language so it would be hard to do. ( There are of course other reason for it being hard but the language was the stopper)

  • Reply Mike Nicolette August 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    TIL Roosevelt was a bad ass

  • Reply FuckinAntiPope August 20, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Teddy Roosevelt was one badass guy. Shot and still held a speech, got his boat stolen and build another one to chase the thiefs and the worlds most favorite plushy is named after him. And there are people trying to say Trump is the best president the US ever had, hah!

  • Reply Raymond King August 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    The short answer, from what I understand was Yes, you could. However, most bounty hunters wouldn't unless they had no other choice because the bounty would be less for a dead culprit and, as the vid said, it had to be a case of self defense.

  • Reply Sandeep Athwal August 24, 2019 at 2:57 am

    You really do need to #MAGA. I'm saying this sitting in "GREAT" BRITAIN.! HOW THE HELL CAN U BACKWARDS PPL HAVE THIS SORT OF CRAP. EVEN IF IT WAS….95YEARS AGO

    #BACKWARDINBREEDS

  • Reply Jason Northcutt August 24, 2019 at 7:51 am

    The Ford Brothers should forever be known as damn cowards.

  • Reply DreScythe August 27, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    4:44 the guy on the right looks like Tom Hollen. He has been reincarnated to out time to be spidy.

  • Reply Raymond J. RITCHIE August 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    More than a few bushrangers in colonial Australia were "outlawed" and could be shot on sight no questions asked. They could and were shot on sight. Ben Hall, Captain Moonlight and most members of the Kelly gang.

  • Reply Hyper-Dimension Rising August 29, 2019 at 10:07 am

    We need more men like Teddy in the office.

  • Reply David Park September 1, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Jesse James faked his death, He became William Andrews Clark, (CLARK COUNTY, NV)
    There’s a book about it.

  • Reply David Park September 1, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Kennedy’s are Roosevelt’s

  • Reply Gustav Gnöttgen September 2, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    We need you alive

  • Reply sintruder September 3, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Only a moron would think a wanted poster was authorization to kill the wanted man.

  • Reply Brandon Pope September 4, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Teddy fuckin Roosevelt

  • Reply Omnipotent Dwarf September 8, 2019 at 1:19 am

    So that's why police yell, stop resisting, while they beat you half to death, or shoot you.

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  • Reply studinthemaking September 12, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    It was not 1960’s that the court said. You can’t show down a fleeing felony just because he running.

  • Reply Jonathan Williams September 13, 2019 at 12:54 am

    There was one person wanted dead or alive in the 21st century, Bin Ladentisch someone had brought his head into an FBI office nobody would complain and there was a rather large bounty even for information

  • Reply Cezar ProGamerRO September 14, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    So John Wick in real life?!hell yeah

  • Reply bessford September 15, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Im not an american, i dont know much about roosevelt. But the more i hear about the man, the more i respect him

  • Reply Alfieak 2016 September 15, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Wanted Bounty Bar Reward Cheap coconut Chocolate ?

  • Reply M CJ September 19, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    When the hangman catches you, you don't die by no bullet!

  • Reply Jeffrey Johnson September 19, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    We should bring back the "Dead or Alive" posters, but change them to "Dead or Deader" posters.

  • Reply Gerald O'Hare September 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    This was an interesting video. Thank you.

  • Reply Tahoe Jones September 24, 2019 at 4:09 am

    By order of request, dead is preferred.
    Not rocket science.

  • Reply Leto Master September 25, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Thx I was wondering if I’d lose honor if I’d bring the bounty in dead

  • Reply x x September 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Teddy Roosevelt: gets boat stolen
    Also Teddy Roosevelt: builds a new boat and tracks the mother fuckers down… And gets thanked for it.

  • Reply Cherry September 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Law enforcement has always been corrupt apparently

  • Reply apop- his September 27, 2019 at 6:51 am

    So that's answer why cop shot everybody even today. ?

  • Reply B. Jones September 30, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Boba Fett requests your location

  • Reply TnseWlms October 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    On an episode of "The Streets of San Francisco," a man offers a million dollar reward for the capture of his daughter's murderer, dead or alive. The police arrest him for violating California Penal Code 630. I looked it up in the library and that penal code section prohibits a minor from getting a body piercing without parental consent. Nevertheless, his reward causes a whole chain of mishaps around the city and the man ends up in a lot more legal trouble than the murderer who is eventually caught.

  • Reply Jesse Rydberg October 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    So it means reward still applies even if the wanted is dead on delivery.

  • Reply Theresa & Jason October 4, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Teddy is like chuck Norris

  • Reply Ted Nugent October 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    We need hundreds of these posted in bars, churches and post offices right now. Starting with the clintons and company.

  • Reply D Town NV October 9, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Robert Ford you coward. RIP Jesse James.

  • Reply Brad Butcher October 9, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Well, hells yeah, you don't have to feed or watch em'. Just don't shoot em' in the face or you might end up in the noose

  • Reply domo mitsune October 10, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Back in the old west days, you could just plant a gun on the one on the wanted poster. You could say that you didn't shot an unarmed man if they had a revolver in their hand.

  • Reply Roman Wickenhagen October 10, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I love yalls’s videos, but it still cracks me up that most of these videos could be like 20 seconds long and just go like “Could you kill someone with a wanted dead or alive bounty? Yes.”

  • Reply Nelson Stack October 12, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    anyone wanna just throw out the answer so i dont have to wait 11 mins. lol.

  • Reply Keith Adams October 14, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Im fairly certain that Osama Bin laden had a dead or alive bounty put on him by the U.S.

  • Reply Matt Supertramp October 16, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Had to listen to Bon Jovi after this

  • Reply Buzz Krieger October 16, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Used to be legal to use deadly force on a fleeing suspect in the US? Nope, it still is (with caveats)

  • Reply Lois Walsh October 21, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Easier to kill them through their doctor.

  • Reply Yannick Naert October 21, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    You could kill the bounty’s but you first needed to acquire a bounty hunter licence from the local sheriff for 15 gold.

  • Reply Robert Huffman October 22, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    The 2018 home owner is in the right, stating wanted dead or alive is not the same as kill this mofo on sight!

  • Reply Modest Badger October 24, 2019 at 9:11 am

    More to the point, the posters say, "Dead or Alive", not "Murdered or Alive".

    At no point do they legally confer a status which allows you to make somebody 'dead', if they're not already or unless another law, or contract, gives you that privilege.

  • Reply David Dawson October 24, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Shooting someone in the leg will cause them to turn around, of course wondering about the pain in his leg, then yell, "He's coming right for us," and fire in self defense.

  • Reply Duke Airsoft October 27, 2019 at 4:35 am

    As someone who has assisted in prisoner transport a few times, I have to say even with modern equipment they don't make it easy. I don't fault the old cowboys for bringing back a corpse lol

  • Reply Cisco4kid1990 October 29, 2019 at 10:06 am

    that is not the case you can be a regular cowboy and turn in a criminal and get the reward it doesn't always go to the sheriff and that's only if you allow that to happen cuz back in those days people where afraid of cops and criminals but the fact is they where the same even the Wyatt family where criminals as well as police so any body could win and become a sheriff its more so a popularity thing but you just needed to know how to use a gun but like I said you can claim to be a bounty hunter and not need any paper work to claim you are some police force many cowboys who didn't want to be criminals and didn't get to be sheriff just became bounty hunters instead
    your English so you go based off bias English legends but this is not the American truth dead or alive ment they could be killed and it was easier for them to be taken dead that's why they said dead or alive they would only be asked to be alive if it wasn't for murder or a serious offense unlike murder and horse theft but yea you should look this up in the wild west dead or alive was normal it wasn't tell the end of the West and when the east started to take over that the laws where changed so they would have to stand trail and be hung if they lost but before this it was just kill them so we didn't have to do it our selves it was cheaper to just kill them cuz you had to pay court fees but yea whatever keep making your half videos

  • Reply NVclosetmedgrower October 30, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    2:35 was? Look at nevada laws. Cops here can use lethal force against any known felon or person caught committing a felony if they are in the act of evading the police.

  • Reply John Miller October 31, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Teddy is an absolute beast.

  • Reply Halfcan Tan November 1, 2019 at 4:37 am

    So were the brothers hanged ?

  • Reply ken karish November 3, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Depends, If they look like trouble, Yeah!

  • Reply tlozfreak888 November 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I never think i can hear more ridiculously badass stories about Teddy, but I do.

  • Reply Spectonimous November 8, 2019 at 4:34 am

    It's still legal to use deadly force against fleeing suspects even if they don't pose an immediate threat to you. Follow the news bro.

  • Reply Michael Zimmerman November 9, 2019 at 8:33 am

    We should bring that law back, shoot any fleeing fellon.

  • Reply Mi Drums November 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    That's a good question. I watched a 12 minute video.

    The answer is no.

  • Reply Gloria GI November 10, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Teddy Roosevelt was such a badass! I immediately forgot what the video was about when they told his story ?

  • Reply Jay Ocq November 11, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Ever heard of the pinkertons? This is how they operated!

  • Reply Tess Tickle November 12, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Legally… probably not.
    But with no fingerprints, no DNA, no cctv or iPhone every 5’, and a fraction of to population around today, I’m willing to bet that you could do it anyway and get away with it.

  • Reply Dog wag November 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Hello……dead or alive…..can't you read!

    Oh…..this is the government……they don't mean what they say! You know what I mean.

  • Reply Clayton Benignus November 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Can you turn yourself in to collect the reward?

  • Reply DeepFried Oreo November 13, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Robert Ford didn't know it was illegal because the governor left that out specifically so he would most likely do such and brag about it. Clearing the governor, an intelligent man, from being the lead in the poorly setup plan.

  • Reply Zynouger November 13, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    "They stole his boat.
    he built a new boat.
    Chased and caught the thieves.
    Did not bother using lethal force and no charges pressed.

    …I got nothing

  • Reply LeAnn Kennett November 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Actually the facts surrounding Teddy Roosevelt bringing men who are wanted dead or alive still alive makes me respect him way more and makes him seem like an even tougher customer. As you mentioned before it’s far easier to cheat the hangman and just kill a bounty than to haul them kicking and screaming all the way to either the courthouse or jail.

  • Reply JWW JWW November 15, 2019 at 3:27 am

    another great vldeo

  • Reply CAROLINA PATRIOT November 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Until 40-50 years ago, a dangerous criminal could be declared an outllaw in NC. This proclamation by the governor authorized members of the public to use any amount of force necessary to apprehend the suspect. If the apprehension attempt put the citizen at risk, it was fine to shoot the suspect in the back, armed or not.

  • Reply Worthington November 15, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    So… Duh jango wasn't based on real life???

  • Reply FAT COUNTRY November 16, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Man Teddy Roosevelt was a bad motherfucker

  • Reply Stephen Clementson November 16, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    WANTED, DEAD….OR DEAD!

  • Reply Hircines Hunter November 17, 2019 at 5:22 am

    So… ?

    A random a#$%@&* made history in 2018 ?‍♂️

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