The fates of the two surviving members of the Sam Bass Gang could not have been more different.
Jim Murphy and Frank Jackson played much different roles in the last stages of the gang's existence.
The Texas Rangers caught up with the gang at Round Rock, thanks to a tip from one of Bass' own men, Jim Murphy. His betrayal ultimately ended in Bass' death.
On the other hand, Frank Jackson, the often overlooked hero of the Round Rock attack (from an outlaw's perspective), lived a charmed life compared to Murphy. Partly because of luck and daring, the 17-year-old Jackson's rescue of Bass defied the odds. Jackson wanted to stay with Bass and fight it out with the Texas Rangers and the posse. But Bass insisted that the boy get out while he still could. (Read the rest of the story in the Aug. 11, 2013, edition of The Graham Leader.