High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Ben Thompson (born in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, England on November 2, 1843; died March 11, 1884) was a gunman, gambler, and sometime lawman of the Old West. He was one of the most spectacular gunmen of the Old West, and his skill with a pistol is considered to be among the finest there was. Many of his most famous contemporaries including Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holliday, John Wesley Hardin and James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickock knew Ben personally, some considering him a trusted friend, others a lethal enemy. Ben Thompson had a colourful career as a private in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, and subsequently fought in Mexico before being imprisoned for murder. After his release from prison, Ben made his name as a gunman and a gambler before being offered the job as Marshal in Austin during which time he slashed the crime rate. He was murdered in the Vaudeville Theatre in San Antonio on March 11, 1884.