“TEXAS JOHN SLAUGHTER”

GAMBLER & LAWMAN

— THE MEANEST GOOD GUY — John Horton Slaughter sat at a poker table on Commerce Street in San Antonio, Texas, in 1876, and watched the dealer distribute the last hand. Something about the cards troubled him, but he kept playing.

A short time later, Barney Gallagher slammed his hole-card down and claimed victory.

When he leaned over the table to gather in his winnings, Gallagher found himself […]

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THE MAN FROM HELLDORADO

DEP. SHERIFF BREAKENRIDGE

— ANTI-EARP TOMBSTONE LAWMAN — Two masked gunmen kicked in the door of the Tombstone Mining and Milling Company office in Charleston, Arizona, late in the evening on March 25, 1882, but left bars of silver bullion and cash in the office vault when the heist went wrong.

The robbery attempt went bad from the moment Billy Grounds and Zwing Hunt stepped through the door.

One of the four men inside […]

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LYNCH MOB JUSTICE

John Heath

Outlined against the warm glow of sunset, five heavily armed men rode into the southern Arizona Territory mining town of Bisbee on a quiet Saturday, December 8, 1883.

All five wore masks, but no one seemed to notice, possibly because of the approaching darkness.

When the gunmen reached Goldwater & Castaneda Mercantile Emporium on Main Street, they dismounted. Three stayed with the horses. The other two entered the […]

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