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this day in crime history: october 5, 1892

On this date in 1892, members of the Dalton gang–Bob, Emmet and Grat Dalton, Dick Broadwell, and Bill Power–rode into the town of Coffeyville, KS. Their mission: a spectacular double bank robbery. It was a great plan, but for two serious miscalculations. The first being that Coffeyville was the hometown of the Dalton boys. In spite of attempts to disguise themselves, they were recognized when they entered the banks. The second miscalculation involved the tolerance of the local population for bank robbery (they had none), and the lengths they would go to in thwarting would-be bank robbers. Said lengths involved guns, lots of guns.

The townsfolk armed themselves and confronted the Daltons as the gang emerged from the banks. After a fierce gun battle, four of the townspeople lay dead. As for the gang, four of the five were killed, leaving a wounded Emmet as the lone survivor. After being tried and convicted, Emmet Dalton was sentenced to life in prison. His sentence was commuted in 1907. He moved to California, where he wrote a book and even acted in a few Hollywood movies. He died in 1937 at the age of 66.

Further reading:

Historynet – Dalton Gang’s Raid on Coffeyville

EyeWitness to History.com – The Dalton Gang’s Last Raid, 1892

Emmett Dalton – His Life After the Coffeyville Raid

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4 Responses to “this day in crime history: october 5, 1892”


  1. 1 Pat
    October 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    They’d make great halloween decorations.

  2. October 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

    John D.:
    Goes to show you should never rob a town where folks KNOW you and NEVER piss off intolerant folk IN that town…
    (lesson learned there – the HARD way, eh?)

    Roll safe out there.


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