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Burk Shannon
Biographical information
Full Name: Burk Shannon
Occupation: Rancher
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: American
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue/Brown
Born: 1829
Died: 1859
Family/Relatives: Booth Shannon [Twin brother]
Spouse Hallie Shannon
Romances/Domestic Partners: Little Joe
Children: 0
Appeared on:
First Episode: The Trap
Last Episode: The Trap
Portrayed by: Steve Cochran

Personal Information[]

Burk Shannon is the older brother and twin to Booth Shannon. Burk married Hallie to spite his brother, Booth, anything he wanted Burk had to have it. Burk believed that there was something going on between his wife and Little Joe. It wasn't helped by the fact that when Little Joe would visit the Shannon's, Hallie would flirt with him and it made Burk extremely jealous. He would write to his brother about his suspicions.

Unable to take it anymore Burk tricked Little Joe into coming over to his ranch under the pretense that there were rustlers nearby that he had spotted earlier.

When Burk split up the team he and Joe went off together and decided to split up, but instead of circling around Joe he followed him and when he was able to get a clear shot, he fired at Little Joe.

Joe thinking he was being attacked by rustlers shouted out to Burk to warn him he was by the rustlers since he knew he was nearby. After being fired upon again Joe unleashed a barrage of rifle shots at whom ever was firing at him. When he went to have a look, Joe realised that he'd accidentally shot Burk. He died and was interred at the Virginia City Cemetery.