Night Visions 10 David B. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Seeing his comrades fall, Anastacio Borgue turned his horse and rode out of the arroyo. ThePremium offers ad free access to all CBR content and so much more! Later, the law was found to be unconstitutional, but way too late for Thomas Ketchum. The cowboy turned and fired his revolver six times into the trees and then ran and stood right over the scout. The photograph was the same man that the scout had seen at the hideout.
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Want to Read saving… Error rating book. On August 16, , Tom Ketchum, supposedly knowing nothing of the July 11 hold-up which ended in the death of his brother Sam, single-handedly attempted to rob the same train again at the same place and in the same way that he and Sam and others had robbed it just a few weeks earlier. The train conductor, Frank Harrington, saw Tom approaching the moving train.
He recognized him, grabbed a shotgun, and shot Tom in the arm, knocking him off his horse. The train continued, and the next day a posse came out and found Tom beside the tracks, badly wounded. He was transported to medical facilities at Trinidad, Colorado , and his right arm had to be amputated. He was nursed back to health and then sent to Clayton , New Mexico Territory, for trial. At the trial, Ketchum was convicted and sentenced to death. He was also the only person who suffered capital punishment for the offense of "felonious assault upon a railway train" in New Mexico Territory which did not become a state until Later, the law was found to be unconstitutional.
Ketchum was executed by hanging in Clayton. Nobody in Clayton had any experience in conducting hangings; the rope was too long, and since Ketchum had gained a significant amount of weight during his time in jail, he was decapitated when he dropped through the trap door. His last words were reported by the San Francisco Chronicle as: Please dig my grave very deep. All right; hurry up. A popular postcard was made showing the body. Afterwards his head was sewn back onto the body for viewing, and he was interred at the Clayton Cemetery.
Western actor Jack Elam portrayed Ketchum in an episode of the —55 syndicated television series Stories of the Century , tales of the American West starring and narrated by Jim Davis. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved December 29, Archived from the original on December 21, John Jacob Astor William H.
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