The history of human hunting goes back to a gang of mainly Negros and Indians who sought to be famous for their outrageous crimes in the mid to late 1800’s.
In a previous post, I published photographs of an old stenographers notebook that was used for registering guests at a remote hiker’s cabin on Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii.
It was one of Mike Carr/Lee Harvey Oswald’s keepsakes and it contained four important pieces of information as I remember it, but the photos are posted here reference.
1. A lodger had handwritten a very long and detailed entry about seeing a vehicle full of young people, children actually, with their parents he assumed, passing by and all these youngsters were waving at him as if they knew him. They were heading towards the cabin just after he had left. After seeing these people, he realized that he’d forgotten his axe at the cabin and so he turned back to get it.
When he arrived he found the ground very much torn up by car wheels and the axe gone. No one was there. This is when he made the entry in the guest register describing the event.
2. The entry made reference to “problems” at the Parker Ranch.
3. The Park Ranger signed his last name Fink, also the maiden name of Arlene’s mother, and the name of a bar in TelAviv where BiBi hangs out with friends.
4. Mike Carr/Lee Oswald took the guest register and saved it.
What is Parker Ranch?
Parker Ranch is a well known working cattle ranch on the Island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaii, now run by a charitable trust. How did the Parker’s obtain it? It’s prime property, very large and part of it was sold to the Rockefellers.
It was broken up into several ranches and bequeathed to family members. Part of the original Parker Ranch remains.
The names of the owners include Harris.
Please make note of the date 1898 and thereabouts. 1898 is the year of the Bayonet Revolution in Hawaii and it’s an important year for many outlaws, the Marshals who supposedly arrested them and the Judges who supposedly condemned them to hang. Yes, they all disappeared that year, one way or another.
Now here’s a short description of
Rufus Buck (18??-1896) –
“A Creek Indian who had served time for minor offenses in the Fort Smith, Arkansas jail, Buck decided to make a name for himself in the summer of 1895. Forming the Buck Gang, he and four other men began to stockpile weapons before going on a ten-day murder and robbery spree in Indian Territory. Buck bragged to anyone who would listen that “his outfit would make a record that would sweep all the other gangs of the territory into insignificance.” Beginning on July 30, 1895, the outlaws killed U.S. Deputy Marshal Garrett when he tried to stop them from a store robbery in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. They then went on to rob a number of settlers in the next ten days, killing two more men, and raping two women.
All five members were hanged at Fort Smith on July 1, 1896.”
Here’s more detail:
Rufus Buck Gang – AFRICAN AMERICAN and INDIAN Robbers
Rufus Buck Gang (1895) – Led by Rufus Buck, this Creek Indian gang also included Sam Sampson, Maoma July, and brothers, Lewis and Lucky Davis. All of them had been apprehended on minor offenses and served time in the Fort Smith jail before going on their criminal spree in the summer of 1895. With the desire to become known as the most famous outlaws in the Wild West, Buck allegedly boasted that “his outfit would make a record that would sweep all the other gangs of the territory into insignificance.”
Beginning with stockpiling a small cache of weapons in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, their spree began on July 30, 1895 when they robbed a town grocery store. When U.S. Deputy Marshal Garrett, one of the few black marshals in Indian Territory, responded to the call, the bandits shot him down. On their way from that murder, they abducted and raped a woman named Mrs. Wilson.
For the next two weeks they began to holdup a number of stores and ranches in Indian Territory, preying on white and Indian settlers indiscriminately.”
Human hunting by the Buck Gang who at this point has plenty of stolen cash:
”In one incident an elderly salesman named Callahan, who the gang had just robbed, was offered a chance to escape if he could outrun the gang. When the old man was successful, the brutal teens killed his assistant in frustration.”
“They killed a man named Gus Chambers when he resisted the gang’s theft of horses. They then robbed a stockman, taking his clothing and boots and fired at him as he fled naked.”
“Two days later the gang raped Rosetta Hansen while they held her husband at bay with Winchesters.”
“They were finally caught up with outside Muskogee, Oklahoma by a combined force of U.S. Deputy Marshals and the Creek Lighthorse police, led by Marshal S. Morton Rutherford on August 10th. The ensuing gunfight between the lawmen and the outlaws lasted almost a full day, before the teens finally surrendered.”
“Though the Creek wanted to hold the gang for trial, the U.S. marshals prevailed and the outlaws were taken to Fort Smith, Arkansas to face “Hanging” Judge Isaac Parker.”
“When they were brought to court later in the year they were convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to die by Parker.”
“However, the initial verdict was appealed and the execution delayed. However, in the end, their appeal failed and Parker was given the opportunity to re-sentence them to death. The execution of the five members of the Rufus Buck Gang on July 1, 1896 was the second to last execution to occur at Fort Smith. The Buck Gang were the only men to die on the gallows in Fort Smith for rape.”
Charles “Charlie” Bryant, aka: Black Face Charlie (18??-1891) – A member of the Dalton Gang, Bryant was killed in a gunfight with U.S. Deputy Marshal Edward Short, which left both men dead.
The Parker Ranch Foundation was first begun by Richard Short.
—-Roscoe “Rustling Bob” Bryant – A former John Kinney Gang member, he became a member of Selman’s Scouts following the turmoil of the Lincoln County War in New Mexico. He was shot and killed by other members of Selman’s Scouts in October 1878 near Seven Rivers, New Mexico.
Rufus Buck (18??-1896) – A Creek Indian who had served time for minor offenses in the Fort Smith, Arkansas jail, Buck decided to make a name for himself in the summer of 1895. Forming the Buck Gang, he and four other men began to stockpile weapons before going on a ten-day murder and robbery spree in Indian Territory. Buck bragged to anyone who would listen that “his outfit would make a record that would sweep all the other gangs of the territory into insignificance.”
Beginning on July 30, 1895, the outlaws killed U.S. Deputy Marshal Garrett when he tried to stop them from a store robbery in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. They then went on to rob a number of settlers in the next ten days, killing two more men, and raping two women.
All five members were hanged at Fort Smith on July 1, 1896.
These men look like the Buck gang:
Willis and Harris
In 1861 Charles Harris bought Kahuku Ranch, now the Parker Ranch. I now live on part of the original property.
To be continued…