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By Jeffrey Burton

After Tom Ketchum were sentenced to demise for trying to delay a railway teach, his lawyers argued that the penalty used to be “cruel and strange” for the offense charged. The charm failed and he turned the 1st individual—and the last—ever to be done for against the law of this type. He used to be hanged in 1901; in a macabre finishing to his lifetime of crime, his head used to be torn away by way of the rope as he fell from the gallows. Tom Ketchum was once born in 1863 on a farm close to the perimeter of the Texas frontier. on the age of 9, he stumbled on himself an orphan and was once raised by means of his older brothers. In his mid-twenties he left domestic for the lifetime of an itinerant path driving force and ranch hand. He lower back to Texas, murdered a guy, and fled. quickly afterwards, he and his brother Sam killed males in New Mexico. A yr later, he and different former cowboys robbed a educate in Texas. The occupation of the Ketchum Gang was once lower than manner. of their day, those males have been the main bold in their style, and the main feared. They have been accused of crimes that weren't theirs, yet their confirmed checklist is lengthy and lurid. Their downfall was once led to via what one editor known as “the magic of the phone and telegraph,” by means of quarrels among themselves, and by means of their reckless defiance of ever-mounting odds. Jeffrey Burton has been discovering the tale of the Ketchum Gang and similar outlaws for greater than 40 years. He has mined unpublished resources, relations files, own recollections, trial transcripts and different court docket papers, authentic correspondence and stories, census returns, and modern newspapers to kind truth from fiction and supply the definitive fact approximately Ketchum and diverse different outlaws, together with Will Carver, Ben Kilpatrick, and Butch Cassidy.

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