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Will Christian - AKA Black Jack, Ed Williams, 202 - died 1897

    Will Christian and his gang were active in the 1890's in New Mexico and Arizona.  Will and his brother Bob ran the "High Fives" gang that robbed banks, trains and stagecoaches.  Christian started out with the nickname 202, because he was such a large man, but his skill with the six gun soon earned him the name Black Jack.

    In the summer of 1895 in Guthrie, OK., the Christian brothers were arrested for killing a peace officer.  A short time later they broke out of jail and headed over to Arizona, where they carried on their lawlessness.  On August 6, 1895, the High Fives gang tried robbing the International Bank in Nogales, AZ.  Although, the attempt failed when one of the gang members, Jess Williams, who was riding out of town with Bob Hays, was shot at by local newspaperman Frank King, which caused Williams to drop the bag of money.  Later that month, a posse led by Sheriff Bob Leatherwood out of Tucson had a showdown with the gang near Skeleton Canyon.  A deputy, Frank Robson, was killed in the shootout and the High Fives' headed south to Mexico.  Another posse was formed after getting word that Christian and the gang were back at it in Arizona, this was in 1897.  The posse ambushed the gang and killed Christian in what is now known as Black Jack Canyon.  As was customary in those days, Christian's body was put on public display.

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