Texas has a deep history that stretches back centuries, and with it comes stories of legendary figures - not all are on the right side of the law. From bank robbers to gunslingers, Texas is no stranger to outlaws.

According to an article from Chron, there are quite a few. More than I had thought going in. Among them, I remember 4 in particular that have etched their names into the state's lore. Let's uncover these famous criminals who have called Texas their home.

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LOOK: EXPLORING 4 NOTORIOUS CRIMINALS FROM THE LONE STAR STATE

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Bonnie and Clyde

Perhaps the most iconic criminal duo in American history, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were notorious for their bank robberies during the Great Depression. Although their criminal spree stretched across multiple states, Bonnie and Clyde were born and eventually ended in Texas.


 

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Charles Harrelson

Known for his role as a hitman, Charles Harrelson was tied into several high-profile murders. He was the father of actor Woody Harrelson but gained his notoriety by being convicted of assassinating a federal judge in San Antonio.


 

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David Koresh

As the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh became infamously known for the 1993 Waco Siege, one of the deadliest standoffs in U.S. history. His radical teachings and control over his followers led to a tragic end, with a 51-day siege by federal agents that ended in the deaths of Koresh and 76 of his followers.


 

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John Wesley Hardin

Known as one of the deadliest gunslingers in the Old West, Hardin supposedly killed 42 men, although the actual number might be lower. He spent several years in Texas eluding law enforcement before finally being arrested and later killed in a saloon in El Paso.

These figures from Texas's criminal past are just a peek into the darker chapters of the state’s history. As Texans especially, it's interesting to remember these stories - not to glorify the actions of those who chose the wrong path, but to learn about Texas' past.

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