this day in crime history: august 19, 1895


On this date in 1895, notorious gunman John Wesley Hardin, was shot and killed in El Paso, TX. Hardin was shot in the back of the head while playing dice. The shooter, John Selman, Sr, was a local constable.  The shooting was believed to have been motivated by an argument the two had earlier regarding the arrest of one of Hardin’s friends by Selman’s son.

Selman was arrested and charged with murder. The trial resulted in a hung jury. The matter was scheduled for retrial, but Selman died before that could happen. He was shot and killed during a dispute over a card game.

Further reading:

Murderpedia – John Wesley Hardin

Find a Grave – John Wesley Hardin

Wikipedia – John Wesley Hardin

7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: august 19, 1895

  1. Although Selman was wearing a badge, his own background was as bad – if not worse – than Hardin’s. He and a man named Larn were involved in numerous shady dealings in Texas, until Larn was killed by vigilantes. Selman later turned up in New Mexico with his own gang who were involved in a number of robberies, rapes, and murders. When things got too hot, he returned to Texas. The folks in El Paso presumably didn’t bother with a background check when they made him a constable.


  2. John D.:
    Well now, if THIS isn’t a case of “no good deed goes UNPUNISHED”, I don’t really know WHAT is.
    Constable does a “public service” and meets his OWN end in a similar fashion.

    Good story, though.

    Roll safe out there.


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