Pearl Hart’s reputation as an outlaw comes more from the frenzy that her story created. After her abusive husband left to fight in the Spanish-American War, she needed money to visit her dying mother in Canada. She paired up with a known gambler, Joe Boot, and the two planned a stagecoach robbery. They were unsuccessful and were captured and imprisoned. After a jailbreak, she was later arrested for mail tampering with her partner Boot. The media went crazy when they found out Hart was staying in an all-male prison due to the lack of women’s facilities in the area. Reporters from all around came to conduct interviews and to snap a photo. She was reported as having plenty of charm while telling her story.