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Murder & justice in frontier New Mexico, 1821-1846

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This volume recounts eleven homicides in New Mexico during the Mexican period. In colorfully written vignettes, the author explores the social and cultural tensions that erupted in lethal violence in this isolated Mexican territory. Homicide in frontier New Mexico was the culmination of violence between family members, between neighbors, and against and by foreigners. The author describes and analyzes the murder, motive, investigation, trial, and sentencing in each case. Even on this remote frontier, civil authorities aggressively applied their legal tools to bring the violent offenders to justice, although sentences were rarely executed.

Homicide and its aftermath provide an intimate view of social and cultural history. The testimony of farmers, laborers, and artisans reveals their struggle to live and prosper in the deserts and mountains of New Mexico. Preceding each chapter is a case summary listing the murder, investigators, alcaldes, prosecutors, defenders, lawyers, witnesses, and others.

Table of Contents

New Mexico under Mexico, 1821-1846 — Frontier justice — The bad life — Death before Christmas — The servant boy — Murder in the Bosque — Domestic violence — Death at a fandango — A matter of honor — Trouble in Tomâe — Murder within the community — Death in a mining camp — The missing peddler — Two Frenchmen — An acquittal — Conflict with foreigners.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826318008
Author:
Mocho, Jill
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Location:
Albuquerque :
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
New mexico
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
New Mexico History To 1848.
Subject:
Trials (Murder) -- New Mexico -- History -- Case studies.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
O
Publication Date:
c1997
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xiv, 245 p.
Dimensions:
9.01x6.07x.74 in. .80 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » New Mexico
History and Social Science » Americana » Western States
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

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