Selman's Scouts (AKA: The Rustlers, The Wrestlers)
Selman's Scouts, also called the Rustlers or the Wrestlers, were by far the worst gang to inhabit Lincoln County in the days of the Lincoln County War. The Jessie Evans Gang, John Kinney Gang, and the Seven Rivers Warriors, were all bad groups of rustlers and killers, but unlike them, Selman's Scouts had no pretext of fighting for a cause. Most of them didn't even fight in the war at all, technically, having arrived in Lincoln County from Texas in August of 1878 (although a few of them were ex-members of other Lincoln gangs that did fight in the war). They came to take advantage of the current state of anarchy and lawlessness running rampant throughout the county and there only goal, apparently, was to reign down as much terror on the community as possible. Their brutality and callous regard of all human life (including members of the their own gang) made the Evans and Kinney Gangs look like lightweights. From late September through mid October 1878, the Scouts stole horses and cattle wherever they came across them, murdered innocent men and boys without warning, raped women, pillaged businesses and houses, and burned ranches to the ground, all without any sense of rhyme or reason. Eventually, posses of Lincoln citizens went after the gang and Governor Lew Wallace issued a proclamation threatening martial law if the lawlessness did not stop. Due to this, most of the gang ended up fleeing back to Texas, but a few managed to be captured or killed. Although their time in Lincoln County lasted but a couple of months, their trail of atrocities was not soon forgotten.
- John Selman (leader), shot and killed by George Scarborough in El Paso, Texas on April 5, 1896.
- 'Tom Cat' Selman, lynched in 1882 under mysterious circumstances.
- Roscoe 'Rustling Bob' Bryant, former John Kinney Gang member, shot and killed by other members of Selman's Scouts in October 1878 near Seven Rivers, New Mexico Territory.
- Bob Speakes, former Seven Rivers Warrior, enlisted in the Texas Rangers in 1880, was quickly discharged after his past was unearthed, and disappeared.
- Jake Owens, former House employee, died of natural causes in Carlsbad, New Mexico on Dec. 24, 1935.
- Charles Snow (AKA: Johnson), joined up with the Clanton Gang and was shot and killed by Mexicans in an ambush in Guadalupe Canyon, Arizona on Aug. 12, 1881.
- Augustus M. 'Gus' Gildea, died of natural causes in Douglas, Arizona on Aug. 10, 1935.
- Reason Goble(s), disappeared in 1879 into Texas.
- John W. Irving, former John Kinney Gang member, robbed and killed by unknown persons in the White Sands, New Mexico Territory in Dec. 1878.
- Charlie Moore, robbed and killed by unknown persons in the White Sands, New Mexico Territory in Dec. 1878.
- Caleb Hall (AKA: The Prowler, John Collins, Sam Collins), former John Kinney Gang member, died of natural causes at Cripple Creek, Colorado on March 12, 1935.
- Ed Hart, former John Kinney Gang member, shot and killed by John Selman in Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory, in Sept. 1878 for allegedly attempting to assume the role of gang leader.
- H. J. Bassett, disappeared sometime after late Nov. 1878.
- Frank Wheeler, shot and killed by Sam Perry in Hillsboro, New Mexico Territory on July 16, 1879.
- V. S. Whitaker, possibly killed by a posse led by Juan Patron near Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory on Oct. 10, 1878.
- John Nelson, possibly killed by a posse led by Juan Patron near Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory on Oct. 10, 1878.