Black Jack Ketchum Hanging Issue of the Arizona Gazette Newspaper and Two Postcards
Phoenix. Very Good. 1901. Newspaper. Three items related to the hanging of train robber Black Jack Ketchum, an outlaw who operated in New Mexico and Arizona. The first item is a complete issue of the April 27, 1901 issue of the Phoenix newspaper The Arizona Gazette, with the front page reporting the hanging that occurred the day before in Clayton, New Mexico, including the fact that "The rope broke and his head was jerked off." Issue is toned, with chips and holes where it was bound; pages are separated. 21" x 14 1/2". The other two items are divided back silver gelatin postcards from the early 1900s depicting the event, two famous images in very good condition, each 3 1/2" x 5". One is of Ketchum on the gallows, "The Hanging of 'Black Jack' the Outlaw", and the other is "Body of 'Black Jack' after the Hanging. Showing head snapped off," with two men squatting over the body and hooded head. Murderer and train robber Thomas E. "Black Jack" Ketchum was caught on April 17, 1899, the day after he was seriously wounded trying to rob a train by himself. His injuries resulted in the amputation of his arm while in jail. He was hung on April 26, 1901. The famous and extra gruesome hanging was apparently a mistake of the drop being too great for a man of Ketchum's weight. ; B&W Photographs . (Inventory #: 010757)
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