"The tracks of the murderers bore on to the west but they were white men who preyed on travelers in that wilderness and disguised their work to be that of the savages."
Holding Up the Pay Escort, by Frederic Remington
Public DomainHolding Up the Pay Escort, by Frederic Remington - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Travellers passing through remote areas of the Old West ran the risk of falling victim to the many road agents (an American term for a highwayman) who made their living through robbery and murder. It was not uncommon for road agents to disguise their work in such a way that their victims would appear to have been killed by Indians.