Unsolved Mysteries of the Old West
Two subjects continue to fascinate people—the Old West and a good mystery. This book explores and examines twenty-one of the Old West's most baffling mysteries, which lure the curious and beg for investigation even though their solutions have eluded experts for decades. Many relate to the death or disappearance of some of the best-known lawmen and outlaws in history, such as Billy the Kid, Buckskin Frank Leslie, John Wilkes Booth, The Catalina Kid, and Butch Cassidy. Others involve mysterious tales and legends of lost mines and buried treasures that have not been recovered—yet.
disappearance, Fountain was serving as special prosecutor for the Southeastern New Mexico Livestock Association and had only days earlier secured grand jury indictments against thirty-two men for cattle theft. Among those indicted were a number of prominent area ranchers including Jim Gilliland, Oliver Lee, and William McNew. McNew was a good friend of and sometime business partner with Albert Bacon Fall. The rift growing between Fountain and Fall became well known throughout the region, and some
told a friend where the bodies were buried—at a high elevation in the San Andres Mountains. The site, he said, was marked by a cairn of stones. The man, whose identity was never revealed, stated that, “Upon making camp [we] drew straws to see who would murder the . . . child. One who drew the short straw quickly severed Henry’s head with a knife. . . . They threw his body into a pit of alkali so that no trace would ever be found. Then, after separating, [we] agreed to rendezvous in the high San
of gold nuggets on a small deer hide he rolled out by the fire. Stewart was stunned at the large size of the nuggets and said as much. Sublett replied that the larger ones were easier to pick up, the smaller ones were simply left on the ground. Just another rake of a hand through the gravel, said Sublett, would yield a sackful of the large nuggets. In the morning, Sublett returned to Odessa and it was the last time Stewart ever saw him. Several weeks later Stewart, trying to remember Sublett’s
July 11, five days after the shooting, stated that Warren Earp’s killing was the result of a feud that had “existed between Boyett and Warren Earp,” and had its origins in the bloody warfare between the Earp brothers and the cattle rustlers in southeastern Arizona during the 1870s. Another article appeared in a San Bernardino, California, newspaper that stated Warren Earp was a victim of a feud that had its origins twenty years earlier. If it is true that Warren Earp died as a result of a feud
was soon to become the wife of Reverend Harper, that he had a confession to make. He told her that he had killed “one of the best men whoever lived, Abraham Lincoln.” He asked the woman to bring him a pen and paper and when she did he scribbled, “I am going to die before the sun goes down,” and signed it “J. Wilkes Booth.” George recovered from this suicide attempt and several weeks later moved to Enid, about sixty-five miles to the north. During the morning of January 13, 1903, while staying at