“Deacon” Jim Miller Dangled at the End of a Rope

Jim Miller, whose regular church attendance gave him his most popular nickname, was lynched in Ada, Oklahoma on April 19, 1909 by townspeople angered by his hired killing of a former federal lawman.

Miller, related to John Wesley Hardin by marriage, is generally considered the Old West’s first professional assassin.  He survived several attempts on own life thanks to an iron breastplate worn under a heavy coat.  Suspected in a slew of unsolved murders, “Deacon Jim” may well have been the unidentified gunman that ambushed Pat Garrett.

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