Hardin got a taste for violence at a young age. At 14, he stabbed a boy for making fun of him. A little later, he shot a slave in self-defense after they had a threatening argument. After the incident, Hardin went into hiding for fear of not receiving a fair trial. When the police caught up to him, Hardin shot 3 officers and got away. On the run again, after a series of trouble with the law, Hardin met up with Wild Bill Hickok in Abilene, Kansas. During this time, Hardin was staying at a motel and the occupant next door was snoring at a high volume. Hardin shot at the ceiling twice killing the man. Hardin escaped by jumping out the window and headed for Texas. It was here that he was finally captured and sentenced to jail for 17 years. He received his law degree in jail and practiced law when he was released. He later died when he was shot during a game of dice at a saloon in El Paso, TX.