The Molasses Gang

I left one gang out of yesterday’s post because it deserved more than an entry on a list.

Active from 1871 to 1877, The Molasses Gang got its name for a rather peculiar string of robberies.  They would walk into a shop and ask the owner to help settle a wager they had made about how much molasses their hat would hold.  Then, when their hat was filled to the brim, they would force it onto the shopkeeper’s head and loot the store while he struggled to free himself.

They were reportedly not well respected by other gangs due to their tendency to become bored in the middle of a robbery and walk out.


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