— CAPTURING BILLY THE KID — A posse led by Sheriff-elect Pat Garrett waited in hiding along a moonlit road to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, poised to spring an ambush on Billy the Kid and several other outlaws.
Former buffalo hunter Garrett campaigned for the job of Lincoln County Sheriff on a reform ticket in November 1880, vowing to end the lawlessness and violence disrupting southeastern New Mexico.
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— FIRST-EVER LAWMAN TO ARREST BILLY THE KID — When the eastbound Southern Pacific rolled into the railroad siding at Gage, New Mexico, late on a Saturday afternoon, four masked men stormed out of hiding and opened fire, killing the engineer and messenger guard.
The bandits—Christopher “Kit” Joy, Mitch Lee, Frank Taggart, and George Cleveland—made off with $518 in coin and $312 in currency.
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— THE AMBUSH OF PAT GARRETT — On a gray and cloud-covered Saturday, Pat Garrett guided his buckboard along Mail-Scott Road toward Las Cruces, New Mexico, toward his Bear Canyon Ranch. Beside him sat Carl Adamson, who expressed interest in buying the property.
The sale, however, involved a complication.
Garrett had leased the ranch to Jesse Wayne Brazel, […]
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— A MYSTERIOUS DEATH — When a Taos County, New Mexico, deputy tried to serve a judgment in a breach of promise suit, no one answered the door at the home of 69-year old Arthur Rochford Manby. Three days later, he returned, broke in the front door, and made a grisly discovery.
Authorities found Manby’s swollen, decapitated body on a cot in the bedroom of his rambling Spanish-style […]
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