Determined to succeed where his predecessor had failed, Texas Ranger Capt. Lee Hall arrested King Fisher on five counts of murder on Nov. 19, 1877. Had the smartest outlaw in the Lone Star State finally run out of luck?

Seven years earlier, Fisher entered the state penitentiary to do a five-year stretch for housebreaking. But the governor took pity on the 16-year-old inmate and granted him a full pardon after four months behind bars.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 or visit

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