Carlotta J. Thompkins was a notorious gambler, known for her masterful poker skills around Texas. She married a fellow gambler, Frank Thurmond, who was convicted of murder in Georgia. The couple escaped to San Antonio, where she gained serious notoriety for her skills. Lottie has associated with other well-known Wild West characters, such as Doc Holliday. She also inspired the character of Miss Kitty Russell on Gunsmoke.