This report references one or more of the enduring lies that the inept horse thief and train robber Thomas Vernon told about himself:
that he was "Buffalo" Tom, the rodeo star; and that he was Thomas Averill, the fantasy love child of Jim Averill and Cattle Kate.
He was neither.
ACME wire photo, 6½x8½ inches, distributed by Newpaper Enterprise Association, to accompany story about the apprehension of the fugitive Tom Vernon, wanted for train robberies in
Saugus, Calif., and Cheyenne, Wyo. (Wire photo went out Dec. 3, 1929; Vernon was captured Dec. 1, 1929.)
SF BUREAU | AIRMAIL | CLEVE | NY ACME | DEC. 3, 1929
Tom Vernon, ex-cowboy and circus performer, and former convict, has been arrested at Pawnee, Okla., charged with wrecking and robbing the passengers on
a Southern Pacific train near Los Angeles, and a Union Pacific train near Cheyenne, Wyo., identification being claimed through showing this photograph
to robbery victims. Vernon is said to be the son of a couple lynched as horsethieves, the mob also lynching the boy. Indians cut him down before he was
dead, and raised him. He learned locomotive firing while a convict in Folsom Prison, Calif., and is said to have served at least five prison terms in
California, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Wyoming and California authorities are reported engaged in a battle to be the state allowed to extradite him from
Oklahoma for trial.
California won the fight for extradition.
LW2982: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photograph purchased 2017 by Leon Worden.