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

  1. John D.:
    That’s wild that Billy the Kid got his start with revenge as a motive.
    Sure didn’t end that way with him.

    The whole story smells of some sort of “set-up” to me.
    (especially with the “politics” involved).
    Can you say “corruption”?

    Very good story.

    Roll safe out there.

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  2. Interesting how Hollywood often portrays the 24-year-old Tunstall as an older father figure to the kid. Of course they often cast middle age actors to play the 20-something Al Capone.

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