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Mel Thaxton
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Nickname(s) Sheriff
Gender Male
Location Transitory
Affiliations Law enforcement in New Austin
Law enforcement in West Elizabeth
Family Unnamed Wife
Unnamed Father
Weapon Schofield Revolver
Cattleman Revolver
High Power Pistol

The problem is, something such as killing a man becomes mundane in this kind of work.

Mel Thaxton on being a lawman

Mel Thaxton is a minor character featured in Red Dead Redemption.


Mel is a lawman who operates in the New Austin and Tall Trees regions. He can be frequently found in Armadillo, patrolling the streets with Alden Renshaw.


Mel is first seen during the mission "Exhuming and Other Fine Hobbies", in which he, along with Benton Manning, is guarding Moses Forth in Benedict Point. After John Marston steals the horse of him or his comrade, he abandons his post to give chase, allowing Seth Briars to get to Moses.

Mel can also often be seen wandering the streets of Armadillo, MacFarlane's Ranch, Manzanita Post, and Blackwater. However, if Marston has a bounty, Mel will track him to multiple locations around New Austin and Tall Trees.

He can also be encountered during the "It Might Help If You Aim" random event, in which he is chasing a criminal along with Hank Bellamy. Marston has the option of either helping the lawmen by shooting the fleeing felon, or helping the felon by killing his pursuers.


The only reason to do this job is the free pokes you get down at the whorehouse.
Mel Thaxton
Saved us from doing our job and we thank you for it!
Mel Thaxton after the player helps him
If my daddy would hurry up and die earlier, I may find a better pursuit.
Mel Thaxton
The marshal is an idiot, that's why this place is profile!
Mel Thaxton complaining about Marshal Johnson
Mel Thaxton during gunfights
There is no need for this sir! You can let me go!
Mel Thaxton when hogtied
This is all my daddy's fault, I will get rid of the job soon, no I hope.
Mel Thaxton complaining about his father
As long as I don't die i'm going to quit this job and find summer time.
Mel Thaxton
I still hear stories about one Mexican boy.
Mel Thaxton
I got a nose like a bronco buster of mine.
Mel Thaxton
I'm awake you asshole, no thanks for your bull company!
Mel Thaxton arguing with Benton Manning
What a terrible place, not even a Saloon.
Mel Thaxton complaining about Benedict Point
Who ever built you knew what was doing.
Mel Thaxton greeting a prostitute
This whole organization stinks! And we have Marshal to blame.
Mel Thaxton complaining about Marshal Johnson
Okay daddy, you win.
Mel Thaxton when injured
I sure hope that the Federales will take care of that Mexican guy so I can get my female.
Mel Thaxton
My wife is golden.
Mel Thaxton
I hate my wife!
Mel Thaxton when drunk


  • His character model is available for use in the Outfitter under the name RJ Peart.
  • Upon further inspection, the player can see that Mel has a small knife strapped to his left leg.
  • Somethimes when drunk he may say "I hate my wife!", which explains that he may have a wife.
  • He can also keep saying, when drunk or injured he will shout "Finish me off daddy, Finish me!" Or ,"I never was planning to be a lawman, my daddy wanted me to be a lawman!"
  • Occasionally in Armadillo saloon, he can be heard complaining about Marshal Johnson.
  • Judging by some of his quotes, it appears that Mel may have been physically abused by his father at one point during his childhood.
  • In Undead Nightmare he can be seen on a loading screen in Tall Trees.
  • He wears the same outfit as Phillip Ross only that his outfit is recolored.
  • Mel can be heard saying that he wants to give up his life of a lawman to live an "easy life".


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