Death on the Gallows: The Story of Legal Hangings in New Mexico, 1847-1923

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In the old West, execution was a common form of punishment, and until 1923 hanging was the most common form of execution in New Mexico. Following exhaustive research of court records and newspaper accounts, former Las Cruces detective West Gilbreath has documented New Mexico's legal hangings, and a few illegal ones, to tell the story of how dozens of hardened criminals, and a few innocents, were dropped from the gallows and jerked to their final reward. The actual executions are presented in unvarnished form, just as eyewitnesses and the newspapers of the time described them. Most interesting, the crimes that led to the ultimate punishment are described in detail, providing a unique view of law and disorder in the land of enchantment.

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West Gilbreath was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After serving in the United States military, West joined the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department in Las Cruces, New Mexico. On February 1, 2001, West retired as the Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division to start a second career. He and his family relocated to Denton, Texas where he is a criminal investigator for the University of North Texas Police Department. West is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, and received a Heritage Award for preserving the history of the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department through the creation of the Historical Museum of Lawmen. Death on the Gallows is his first book.

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