The Jesse Evans Gang

Jesse Evans Gang, aka: The Boys (1872-1879) – Lead by Jesse Evans, this gang was actively involved in cattle rustling and armed robbery in New Mexico in mid 1870’s, and for a while Billy the Kid rode with the gang. When the feud between the Dolan faction and John H. Tunstall began, each trying to control business interests and the cattle industry in Lincoln County, the Dolan-Murphy faction hired the Evans Gang to act as “enforcers.” It was after this occurred that Billy the Kid quit riding with the Evans Gang and would eventually support the opposing Tunstall faction, known as the Regulators. Some of the gang’s members were eventually involved in the “posse” that was formed by Sheriff William Brady to confront John Tunstall, an event that left Tunstall dead and ignited the Lincoln County War.

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