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A professional who enjoyed living dangerously in the early west as horse theft was considered a serious crime and many a horse thief saw the one way trip to the hanging tree. Horse thieves were rated as no good, dirty, rotten scoundrels
A man coveted his possessions in the west in this order: first his horse, second his rifle, third his dog, and fourth his wife. Steal his wife but beware of the wrath rendered if one was to steal his horse
Butch Cassidy, the notorious outlaw, was charged with horse theft but was finally convicted of resisting arrest which landed him in prison for two years