|On June 12, 1973, while tearing a house down
for his dad and thinking the electricity had
been shut off, John climbed an electric pole to
cut some wires. Problem was, he was dead
wrong about the status of the wires. 7,200
volts of electricity ran through his entire body
for an unbearable 10 seconds. John
remembers the electrocution clearly. He tried
to release his grip, but could not. It burnt
through his fingers of his right hand, releasing
his grip and fell 25 feet to his death.
After lying dead on the ground for
approximately five minutes, he came to with
his sidekick pounding on his chest and giving
him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Gary
Hughes delivered John back from the dead,
but he was in bad shape. The electricity
grounded to the pole through his abdomen,
leaving his intestines protruding. The voltage
had also burnt his left thigh, as well,
exposing his thighbone from his knee several
inches up. His flaming clothes had to be put
out upon reaching the ground. He couldn't
focus his eyes, he thought he was blind.
|John S. Payne, the
notorious One Arm Bandit,
was born to a rancher in the
oil rich town of Shidler,
Oklahoma on April 19,
1953. Ranch life with four
brothers taught John to
“Get out of the way or get
run over". John believes
"When the going gets
tough, the tough get going"
and "If there is a will, there
is a way".
|His occupations have included: Rancher, Saloon Owner, Gambler,
Wild Cattle catcher, and Professional Rodeo Entertainer!
|In 1975 John took a liking to Judy
Crabtree and they married. John
and Judy are responsible for what
is now the most sought after gang
in the rodeo world today, The One
Arm Bandit Gang.
|John has headlined the
most wanted list since
|Thanks to family and friends, The One Arm
Bandit & Co. has won the prestigious title
of PRCA “Specialty Act of the Year” an
unprecedented 12 times.
|John Payne aka The One Arm Bandit
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|John believes anything can
be accomplished through
sheer nerve, determination,
and the drive to excel in