this day in crime history: august 19, 1895

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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

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

  1. John D.:
    Didn’t know a CONSTABLE could be tried for murder, especially given the history of Hardin.

    I thought people would consider it a “public service” to be rid of him.

    And who knew that playing cards was so detrimental to one’s health back then?
    Where was the Surgeon general and his “warning” to people?
    😉

    Good post.

    Stay safe out there.

    Like

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