Jason Luce

  Jason Luce was probably a brother of Bill Hickman's second wife, Sarah Elizabeth Luce Hickman.  He was a member of Hickman's gang, and in 1860 he saved Bill's life when he stabbed Joe Rhodes with a Bowie knife as the latter was climbing through a window of the room in which Bill was confined recovering from gunshot wounds.  He later committed a crime and Hickman attempted to defend him in court.  I know it's tempting to relate Bill Hickman's gang, Hickman's Hounds with modern gangs, who wear baggy pants, bandannas and gang colors.  This would be a mistake.  They were more like the Jets in West Side Story, except that they couldn't dance as good.
Click on the green triangle to learn more about Jason's crime and its consequences.
If you don't like what you just read, you may want to read either or both of these accounts by Montana writers.  To skip to the part where Luce or Bunton is discussed, hold down the Ctrl key while pressing "f" (for find), and type "Bunton" or "Luce" in the search box that will appear.

To read about Wilford Woodruff's interviews with Jason, click here.
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