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The Van der Linde gang, also known as Dutch's Boys, are the main villainous protagonist faction of the game Red Dead Redemption II; many of the characters play pivotal roles within the original game, Red Dead Redemption.


The van der Linde gang was formed sometime around the 1870s when a con man named Hosea Matthews attempted to rob Dutch van der Linde at a campfire in Chicago, however he failed doing so, then they laughed it off and started a partnership.

Eventually Dutch and Hosea find a kid named Arthur Morgan who was an orphan, Dutch and Hosea took him and mentored him. Arthur started to look Dutch and Hosea as father figures. eventually they pick up a young John Marston, Dutch and Hosea started robbing from the rich and giving to the poor however they stopped doing this after a bunch of heists.

Dutch at one point was friends with Colm O'Driscoll, and formed a partnership that went on for a while but ended when Dutch killed Colm's brother and Colm killed Annabelle, the woman Dutch loved

They later pulled of the first bank heist in 1887, where they stole five hundred thousand dollars and redistributed it to the poor and the homeless, however the gang's generous streak ended soon and they stopped distributing money, and eventually let the gang get into money lending with Leopold Strauss who took desperate people and pushed them into deals that made his life better at the expense of others.

They later picked up other notable members like Sean MacGuire, and Lenny Summers, Javier Escuella, and Bill Williamson.

Red Dead Redemption II

With the 1800s coming to an end so was the outlaw era, and Dutch started going insane, constantly having to remind the gang that they could outrun the federal agents and live freely. Eventually after a failed bank robbery, Dutch and key members of the camp are temporarily stranded in Guarma and Hosea gets killed by federal agents. This leads Dutch to grow more insane and paranoid to the point of tearing the gang apart through the deception of Micah Bell. Eventually, the gang gets split up in two sides and Micah Bell kills Arthur Morgan as the gang ends up being officially disbanded.






  • Simon Pearson
  • Josiah Trelawny
  • Reverend Orville Swanson
  • Mary-Beth Gaskill
  • Tilly Jackson
  • Jack Marston
  • Jenny Kirk †
  • Karen Jones
  • Uncle
  • Leopold Strauss
  • Kieran Duffy †
  • Molly O'Shea
  • Abigail Marston †

Temporary Members

  • Cleet †
  • Joe †



  • O'Driscoll Boys (formerly)
  • Colm O'Driscoll (formely)
  • Marston Family (formerly)
  • Annabelle (Dutch's ex-lover)
  • Bessie Mathews
  • Susan Grimshaw's unnamed husband
  • Seamus
  • Clay and Clive Davies
  • Aladen Carruthers
  • Thomas
  • Native Americans
  • Wapiti tribe


  • O'Driscoll Boys
  • Colm O'Driscoll
  • U.S. Government
  • U.S. Military
  • U.S. Army
  • City people
  • Lawmakers
  • Sheriffs
  • Rival gangs
  • Murfree Brood
  • Angelo Bronte
  • Braithwaite family
  • Gray family
  • Leviticus Cornwall
  • Pinkertons
  • Andrew Milton
  • Edgar Ross
  • Archer Fordham
  • Bureau of Investigation
  • Anderson Boys
  • Del Lobo Gang
  • Foreman Brothers
  • Laramie Gang
  • Night Folk
  • Porter family
  • Skinner Brothers
  • Watson Boys
  • Banditos
  • Bollard Twins Gang
  • Walton's Gang
  • Cornet Brothers
  • Black Gang
  • Pedrosa Brothers
  • Ugly Gang
  • Lemoyne Raiders


  • Out of the 29 members of the Van der Linde Gang: 14 (Jenny, the Callander brothers, Sean, Kieran, Hosea, Lenny, Molly, Grimshaw, Arthur, Strauss, Cleet, Joe, Micah) died during the events Red Dead Redemption 2. 13 are alive by the end of the epilogue (John, Abigail, Jack, Uncle, Sadie, Charles, Javier, Bill, Dutch, Swanson, Pearson, Mary-Beth, Tilly), with the fates of two members left unclear (Karen and Trelawny). In Red Dead Redemption, six more members died (Javier, Bill, Dutch, Uncle, John, Abigail), leaving only nine members (Jack, Sadie, Charles, Swanson, Pearson, Mary-Beth, Tilly, Karen, Trelawny) possibly still alive.
    • The only confirmed living former member is Jack Marston.

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Van der Linde gang
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Chapter 1: Colter
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Chapter 6: Beaver Hollow
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