— NO REDEEMING VALUE —
One of the most hunted outlaws in the country sat in a darkened cell, in Knoxville, Tennessee, awaiting transfer to a federal prison, but he didn’t plan on waiting around for relocation formalities.
Harvey Logan, better known as Kid Curry, worked his way east from Wyoming robbing banks and trains until he got into a shootout with police in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Although he took a bullet, he wounded three law officers and escaped before taken into custody.
His long journey on the wrong side of the law began when Harvey Logan turned nineteen. He and two brothers, along with a cousin, left Missouri and headed for Wyoming where they stole enough cattle to start a ranch.
Logan learned the art of cattle rustling at the hands of a master—Big Nose George Curry, who plied his trade along the Powder River in the 1870s. Big Nose Curry’s luck ran out, and he got lynched in 1882.
After Curry had died, Logan decided to adopt his mentor’s surname and began calling himself Kid Curry.
Along the way, Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan built his reputation as a bank robber and stone-cold killer.
Some accounts say he tangled with at least eight men in street gunfights and sent all of their to their graves. Others say he may have killed more lawman than any frontier outlaw.
Writer Mark T. Smokov, in his book, He Rode with Butch and Sundance: The Story of Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan, says such stories don’t hold up in fact-checking and contends no one has ever substantiated the number of killings attributed to Curry.
Regardless of the numbers, William Pinkerton of Pinkerton Detective Agency described Curry—hunted by the law on fifteen murder warrants—as “the only criminal I know of who does not have on single good point.”
Eventually, Curry joined up with Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, one of the most successful bank and train robbers throughout the West.
When the law started closing in on the Wild Bunch, Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid decided to flee to South America.
Curry, in the meantime, kept robbing banks and trains and made his way east.
His luck ran out in Tennessee when authorities took him into custody for forging bank notes—the same notes taken June 2, 1899, when the Wild Bunch robbed the Union Pacific Overland Flyer near Wilcox, Wyoming.
On November 30, 1902, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court sentenced Logan to 20 years at hard labor. Less than a year later, on Saturday, June 27, 1903, Curry escaped. According to the Pinkerton agency, he ended up in Colorado.
After a botched train robbery the following year near Parachute, Colorado, he got wounded during a gunfight. But rather than face the medicine, the outlaw put a bullet in his head.
There were those, however, who disputed the suicide, suggesting Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan eventually ended up in South America.