Captain lightfoot robbing maj bray captain lightfoot the last of the new england highwaymen the clergyman revealed himself as a notorious robber in disguise captain thunderbolt so named because he struck fast and without warning and he offered 20 year old martin a place in the fraternity of highwaymen. Ireland native michael martin also known as captain lightfoot was introduced to a life of crime by a highwayman known as captain thunderbolt with the law hot on their trail the thieves parted company martin emigrating to new england where he continued to rob travelers until his 1821 arrest and execution. Captain lightfoot the last of the new england highwaymen by michael martin frederick w waldo a desperado in the shadow of the gallows recounts his life of crime in this rollicking seventeenth century memoir. This is a chronological list of highwaymen land pirates mail coach robbers road agents stagecoach robbers and bushrangers active along trails roads and highways in europe north america south america australia asia and africa from ancient times to the 20th century arranged by continent and country. A desperado in the shadow of the gallows recounts his life of crime in this rollicking seventeenth century memoir michael martin better known as captain lightfoot confessed his history of highway robbery to a boston reporter shortly before his execution martin had cut a dashing figure as captain
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