The women of that lifestyle were often as tough and mean as the men they hung out with, and some were even as good at shooting as the men, if not better! Here is the story of Laura Bullion...one of those ladies.
Bullion was born into a life of crime. Her father was a bank robber, and Bullion, after spending her teenage years as a prostitute, joined the Wild Bunch Gang and became known at the “Rose of the Wild Bunch”. Bullion sold stolen goods and made connections that kept the bunch in steady supply of horses. She was romantically involved with several members of the gang, on and off. On certain occasions she dressed as a man and joined the rest of the gang in train robberies. In 1901, she was arrested with $8,500 worth of stolen banknotes in her possession. When she was released from prison, Bullion retired from her life of crime and became an interior designer in Memphis, Tennessee. Bullion died of heart disease in 1961. Her gravestone is embossed with a rose and thorny vines and reads “The Thorny Rose.” Bullion was the last surviving member of The Wild Bunch Gang.
See what I mean? You have to admit that making the jump from outlaw to interior designer is certainly the indication of just how determined this woman could be, no matter the career choice she made.
Coffee in the kitchen once again. Still wet outside.