Author: Pepper Anne
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Bob Leach was a throwback to an era of legendary Texas desperados. He was a conman, a kidnapper, a cattle rustler, a stickup man, and more. But far from practicing his depredations in the Wild West heyday of the 1880’s, Leach was a modern-day badman who became one of the most sought-after criminals in Texas history; from landing in a Comanche County courtroom on charges of larceny to ending up in a Callahan County Jail where he later escaped.
After his capture, Leach was carted off to prison where he met and married his then wife. The pair ran a larceny scheme raking in millions while blackmailing guests at a party ranch. According to witnesses, guests enjoyed ranch style amenities during the day light hours and running around bareass from one orgy to another at night, and everyone was being videotaped in the process just to be blackmailed for it later.
Everything came to an abrupt end when one of Bob’s girlfriends blew the whistle on them. The wife turned herself into a Texas Ranger and Bob went on the run. Once he was captured he was then taken to the Grayson County Jail, but it seemed his escapades were not over yet.
He and four other inmates broke out of the tiny jail located in Sherman and were soon labeled by the media as “The Grayson County Five”. They led a massive posse of Texas lawmen on a state-wide chase. The reign of terror lasted for four days, including taking a husband and wife hostage in their home, before ending in a shootout against law enforcement. Bob released the couple and surrendered peacefully to authorities, but not before turning the gun on his compadre.
The real story about the “Modern Day Cattle Rustler” has yet to be told as new evidence has been uncovered that would warrant reopening the old cases.