Myth of the Hanging Tree: Stories of Crime and Punishment in Territorial New Mexico

Myth of the Hanging Tree: Stories of Crime and Punishment in Territorial New Mexico

by Robert J. Torrez

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826343802
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: no
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author


Robert J. Tórrez is former New Mexico state historian.

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Myth of the Hanging Tree     1
Legal Hangings and Capital Punishment in New Mexico     23
Two of History's Forgotten Desperados     55
Murder, Politics, and Justice in Frontier New Mexico: The Framing of Perfecto Padilla     61
The Man Who Was Hanged Twice     71
Witness to a Hanging     81
Shoot-out at Gallegos Canyon     93
Judicial Gems: The Art of Judicial Sentences in Territorial New Mexico     109
"Young, Ignorant, and Immoral": Murder by Posion at Hillsboro, New Mexico     119
Paula Angel: A Search for the "Only Woman Ever Hanged in New Mexico"     131
The Old Penitentiary: New Mexico's "First New Public Building"     141
Legal Executions in New Mexico     155
Lynchings in New Mexico, 1852-1928     159
Notes     163
Index     181

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