— OUTLAW, KILLER, ACTOR —
Under a barrage of withering gunfire, members of the Doolin-Dalton Gang ran from Ransom’s Saloon in Ingalls, Oklahoma, to the livery stable next door to get their horses and escape a posse of Deputy U.S. Marshals.
Inside the livery, outlaw Roy Daugherty positioned himself up high to provide cover while the others escaped.
From his vantage point, Daugherty took aim and gunned down Deputy Marshal Thomas Hueston, who died from his wounds the next day.
Hueston and three other U.S. deputy marshals, along with a bystander, lost their lives in a furious confrontation known as the Battle of Ingalls.
The dead lawmen were among fourteen U.S. deputy marshals who had cornered members Doolin-Dalton Gang, also known as the Wild Bunch, on the afternoon of September 1, 1893.
Bill Doolin and several gang members suffered wounds. Despite the firepower, they managed to escape. Daugherty remained behind.
Daughterty, who called himself Arkansas Tom Jones, stayed hidden until Deputy Marshal James Masterson flushed him out by hurling a stick of dynamite into the barn.
For his role in the Battle of Ingalls, the court sentenced Dougherty to fifty years behind bars. But his preacher brothers intervened and he won a parole in 1910.
Born in Missouri on New Year’s Day, 1870, Daugherty grew up in a family strict in terms of religion. Two of his two brothers became preachers.
Dougherty embraced a rebellious streak early in life, left home at 14, and headed for Oklahoma Territory.
Once there he began also using the name Arkansas Tom Jones, telling people he was from Arkansas.
He worked as a cowboy for several years and along the way met Bill Doolin. He joined Doolin’s gang around 1892 and participated in a number of robberies.
After his parole, Daugherty operated a restaurant for a couple of years in Drumright, Oklahoma, but found the business too boring. He took to the road and ended up Hollywood where he hoped to act in Western films.
Dougherty actually landed a role in a silent film, in 1915, called Passing of the Oklahoma Cowboys.
Western lawman Bill Tilghman directed the film, aimed at depicting the end of outlaw gangs. Dougherty, the only survivor of the Doolin-Dalton Gang, played himself.
Despite his freedom, Dougherty simply couldn’t live life on the straight-and-narrow. In 1917, he held up a bank in Neosho, Missouri, got captured, and sent back to prison. Released in 1921, he returned to the outlaw trail again.
Shortly after being released, he robbed another bank, this one in Asbury, Missouri, and once again went on the run.
Lawman tracked Dougherty to Joplin, Missouri, where he engaged in a gun battle—his last. He died August 16, 1924, at the age of 54, resisting arrest.