— FOUR DEAD IN FIVE SECONDS — The slender, well-dressed lawman crossed the street to grab a late lunch at the Globe Restaurant when he noticed a large band of heavily armed Mexicans riding into El Paso, headed to an inquest into the deaths of two vaqueros. Authorities discovered their bodies near a ranch outside the city.
Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire glanced at his pocket watch. A little after 1 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 1881. […]
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— BIBLE-TOTING KILLER FOR HIRE — A long-running feud between Sheriff Bud Frazer and “Deacon Jim” Miller reached the boiling point when two stood face-to-face on a Pecos, Texas, street, April 12, 1894.
About a year after being elected Reeves County sheriff in 1890, Frazer hired J.B Miller as deputy about a year later—a decision he would later regret.
Most of the people in Pecos liked Miller.
He wore a badge, went to church […]
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— — Eyeing a big pay-day, the Jim Hughes Gang waited in ambush at Devil’s Kitchen, situated at the west end of what would later be called Skeleton Canyon in Arizona Territory.
In the valley below, the Estrada Gang, a band of Mexican bandits, made camp so they could enjoy a siesta in the hot afternoon sun of July 1881.
The canyon, in the far southeast corner of Arizona, served as a corridor […]
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On a grey and cloudy Christmas Eve afternoon in 1886, Sam Sixkiller was feeling a bit under the weather, so he rode into Muskogee, Oklahoma to pick up some medicine.
Unarmed and off-duty, the deputy marshal swung down from the saddle, walked into a store and retrieved his medication, and then left.
As he stepped onto the platform, two men stepped from the shadows to confront the lawman. The pair, according to historians, […]
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