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After Soapy Smith was killed in Alaska the Soap Gang members who were not jailed fled back to the states. There were members of the gang who invested their ill gotten gains into real estate and retired to a quiet life. Others met their end violently. At least one went insane, swearing his old enemies were trying to shoot him. Still others had no choice but to continue the life of a bunko man, always hoping for the big score. Some denied ever knowing Soapy Smith while others bannered their association proudly. William Wilson fits into the latter category.