Lawman: Born in Indiana in 1851, Sam Bass later moved to Texas. He was hired as a deputy by a Sheriff W.F. Eagan, but preferred horse racing. In 1876, with two associates, Bass drove some cattle from Texas to Kansas but took off with the money instead of giving it to the cattle owner.
Sam Bass and one of the men named Collins went to the town of Deadwood, where they spent almost all the money on liquor and dance hall girls, and hey even tried to set up their own bar and whorehouse, but drank and gambled away any profits they made. Bass then recruited more gang members and robbed a Union Pacific train getting $60,000.
One of the gang members wounded in a robbery gave the names of the others, and that set the Pinkertons as well as other lawmen on their trail. An informer (Jim Murphy) infiltrated the gang and when they went to rob the bank in Round Rock, Texas, the gang ran into a trap set for them by Texas Rangers. Bass was shot and wounded badly, and unable to ride, was found by the posse, and taken back to town, where he died a few days later on his 27th birthday.