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Abel Atherton is a minor, unseen character mentioned in Red Dead Redemption 2.


A wealthy landowner, Abel Atherton purchased several ranches and acres of farmland in West Elizabeth circa 1907, most recently acquiring Hanging Dog Ranch.[1]

In order to pressure holdouts into selling their land to him, Atherton hired the Laramie Gang to intimidate David Geddes into selling Pronghorn Ranch. According to Duncan Geddes, Abel is far richer than David.

Abel is later mentioned again during an optional random encounter, in which John can come across a woman fleeing from a homestead, who explains that her husband is being harassed by men hired by Atherton. If the player accepts, John will dispatch the thugs holding the homestead owner hostage.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2