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George "Red Buck" Weightman

 

(? - March 4, 1896)

 

Not much is known about Red Buck's early years. He may have come from Kansas. His nickname reflected his long red hair.

 

Prior to joining Bill Doolin's gang, Red Buck was a noted horse thief and killer. He was known to have killed 4 men and reportedly would kill any man for $50.

 

Roaming through Oklahoma with Bill Doolin, Red Buck was arrested by Heck Thomas and sentenced to nine years in prison. While being transported to jail, Red Buck escaped. Red Buck was at Ingalls, OK during the big gunfight between the Doolin Gang and law officers. He was also at Dover, OK during the Doolin's robbery of that train.

 

It was Red Buck who wanted to shoot Bill Tilghman in the back, but was dissuaded by Bill Doolin. Doolin stated that Bill Tilghman was too good a man to shoot in the back.

 

Red Buck Weightman was killed by a group of law officers which included Chris Madsen near Arapaho, OK.

 

Standing five feet ten inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, Red Buck was described as strong and powerful. Many consider him the most dangerous member of the Doolin Gang.

 

George "Red Buck" Weightman is buried in the Arapaho Cemetery in Arapaho, OK. Originally, there was just a plain brick with the name "Red Buck" scratched. Today, a brick shaped headstone marks the spot.

 

 

Information compiled by Steve Grimm

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