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Lay had come out west to Denver, and became an outlaw after mistakenly believing he had killed a man. All right; hurry up. Several detroit craps of the posse cornered the Ketchum blackjack in the kitchen a few days later, still in the same area of the Territory.

This is memorialized by the inscription on a shoe brush: 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 Jailed for life after the killing of Sheriff Farr after the Folsom robbery, he was released in According to contemporary accounts, the Ketchums rode into Liberty on June 12 and purchased supplies.

After gathering a posseHerzstein set out on the outlaws' trail. Please dig my grave very deep. Kid Curry would kill nine lawmen over the course of the next eight years. Elzy died aged 65 in Los Angeleson November 10, Black Jack and his gang would often visit the ranch of Herb Bassett, near Brown's Park, Colorado, who was known to have done business with several outlaws of the day, having supplied them with beef and fresh horses.

Several other notable outlaws operated out of Hole In The Wall, which was a hideout for numerous outlaw gangs which operated separately. He landed on the ground with a blow that knocked the wind out of him.

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Afterwards his head was sewn back onto the body for viewing, and he was interred at the Clayton Cemetery. Powers and her lover, J. On September 3,they committed their first robbery at Twin Mountain.

That evening, a thunderstorm began, and they returned to the store, owned by Morris and Levi Herzstein, who invited them to take shelter. Seeing his comrades fall, Anastacio Borgue turned his horse and rode out of the arroyo. Wright, were arrested for the murder, but it was too late for Carver and the Ketchums.

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Caption reads "Body of Black Jack after the hanging showing head snapped off. Fearing the law, they closed their joint saloon and gambling venture in San Angeloand hit the outlaw trail. The train conductor, Frank Harrington, saw Tom approaching the moving train. Sam Ketchum and two deputies were wounded seriously, and the gang escaped.

Capture and death[ edit ] Ketchum on the scaffold before hanging, April 26,Clayton, New Mexico Sepia-tone photo from a contemporary postcard showing Tom Ketchum's decapitated body.

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Within six months, Mrs. He returned to Alma, New Mexico Territory and lived there for two years. He and Ketchum did not like each other, and Ketchum avoided Curry as much as possible. Later, the law was found to be unconstitutional. If it's from Herzstein's it's correct. Morris Herzstein moved to Clayton shortly after the killing in Liberty, and finally into the Texas Panhandle area. He left Texas inpossibly after committing a crime.

Joining the Hole-In-The-Wall gang[ edit ] Following this event, Thomas Ketchum joined other outlaws of the Hole in the Wall Gang and continued a life of crime, blackjack in the kitchen on train robberies, although when not robbing trains they worked for several ranches in New Mexico and Texas. The gang supposedly robbed the train just outside NuttNew Mexico Territory, a water station twenty miles north of Deming.

Three of the train robberies that the gang committed were near the same location, between Folsom and Des Moines, New Mexico Territory.

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Outlaw "Bronco Bill" Walterslater noted for the legend of his "hidden loot" near SolomonvilleArizonais also believed to have begun riding with the gang at this time. Love [4] and Sheriff Ed Farr [5] engaged the outlaws in another gun battle, resulting in both Love and Farr being killed, while the posse wounded at least two unknown members of the gang.

However, in earlya dispute concerning their share of robbery loot prompted the Currys to leave the gang. He recognized him, grabbed a shotgun, and shot Tom in the arm, knocking him off his horse. He stayed with Louis and Walter Jones, who in had built a large merchandise store at Alma. Sam Ketchum escaped, but was found a few days later by Special Agent Reno at the home of a rancher, where he was arrested.

The posse, composed of just four men, took the two outlaws by surprise in the Plaza Largo arroyowhere a shootout immediately began. The train continued, and the next day a posse came out and found Tom beside the tracks, badly wounded.

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.

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There, the posse engaged them in a gun battle. He was transported to medical facilities at Trinidad, Coloradoand his right arm had to be amputated. Morris was the father of Albert Herzstein, who became one of the founders of Big 3 Industries in Houstonand is the man who helped the museum in Clayton to become a reality years later.

During this time, Tom Ketchum was once identified mistakenly as "Black Jack" Christian, another outlaw, and that became his nickname as well. The second major crime attributed to Tom was the murder of a neighbor, John N.

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He was nursed back to health and then sent to ClaytonNew Mexico Territory, for trial. Returning the next morning to open his store, Levi Herzstein found that both the store and post office had been burglarized. Seconds later both Levi Herzstein and Hermenejildo Gallegos lay dead.