this day in crime history: february 18, 1878

On this date in 1878, 24 year old John Henry Tunstall, an English-born rancher, was shot and killed in Lincoln County, NM. Tunstall’s men, including a young upstart who came to be known as Billy the Kid, vowed revenge. And thus began New Mexico’s Lincoln County War.

Further reading:

Legends of America – New Mexico’s Lincoln County War

The Death of John Tunstall

Wikipedia – John Tunstall

4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: february 18, 1878

  1. John D.:
    Amazing that no one (including me) knew HOW such range wars started.
    And who was there at the beginning like Billy the kid.
    Very good find.

    Stay safe out there.

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