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

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

  1. John D.:
    Never knew Billy got his start THIS way (revenge)…very interesting bit of history.
    Perhaps Tunstall was a good influence on him…until his untimely death?
    Good story.

    Roll safe and stay warm out there.

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