Tue, April 07

1899 ATROCIOUS MURDERS: Prisoner "Black Jack" Ketchum Owns Up.

"TOM KETCHUM OWNS UP. He is the Original Black Kack. --- The Prisoner Likely to Die. --- He and McGinnis Given a Hearing."

"United States Marshal C. M. Foraker and Sheriff Cicero Stewart, of Eddy county, arrived last evening, bringing with them W. H. McGinnis, charged with train robbery in Union county, and also with the murder of Sheriff Farr of Colorado. They also brought with them Tom Ketchum, one of the men who recently attempted to hold up a train on the Colorado & Southern and was shot by the conductor of the train. Tom Ketchum is badly wounded in the right arm by eleven buckshot from the gun of the conductor and it is feared that blood-poisoning has set in and that he will die the same as his brother, Sam Ketchum, did at the penitentiary from a wound in the shoulder, a short time ago. Sheriff Stewart, after assisting in delivering the two men at the penitentiary, left last night for Eddy county."

"Tom Ketchum was taken in charge by United States Marshal Foraker at Trinidad, where the outlaw was in the hospital. Ketchum refused to have his arm amputated and attempted suicide. He first asked for a revolver with which to shoot himself, and when that was refused, took the bandages from his arm, when alone wrapped them around his neck and put his foot into the loop, trying to strangle himself. He was unconscious when found and it was two hours before he regained consciousness. At first he was sullen and surly but later became talkative and told Marshal Foraker that he had committed a number of robberies, but was not with his brother when the recent train robbery near Folsom was committed. In fact he did not know that his brother was dead until Marshal Foraker told him. "If I had known that the train had been held up near Folsom only a short time before, I would not have made the attempt a second time," said Ketchum to Foraker."

"Marshal Foraker is convinced that Ketchum is the original Black Jack. Ketchum at first gave his name as Thomas Stevens but admitted later being Tom Ketchum. He said when arrested that the affair at Folsom was his first attempt at train robbing and that he was formerly a peaceable cowboy and was alone in the hold up. But he admitted later having has accomplices in the last hold up at Folsom."

McGinnis was a non-communicative prisoner."

"Both prisoners were given a hearing this forenoon at the penitentiary by U. S. Commissioner J. P. Victory."

"The prisoners waived examination on the nominal charge of interfering with the United States mail and were asked to furnish $1,000 bond for their appearance at court. More serious charges will be made later."

"It is related that the brother of the Ketchum's at San Angelo, Tex., some months ago supplied Tom and Sam Ketchum with money to start in the cattle business in Idaho. The two outlaws afterwards separated and independently sought their old stomping ground in northeastern New Mexico, and without the knowledge of each other resolved to rob the Colorado & Southern train, upon different occasions and both met with disaster." - New Mexican.


"A telegram dated Jerome, Ariz., August 25, gives the following information:

"The man who held up the express train on the Colorado & Southern on the 17th and was captured at Trinidad, Colo., has been identified by the officers of this (Yavapai) county as the Camp Verde murderer and a requisition was made to-day for his return to Arizona."

"The accused proved to be "Black Jack" and is now in the hands of the United States officers at Santa Fe, N. M. When captured, "Black Jack" had the hand made purse, 45 Colt revolver, saddle and blanket described minutely by those at the scene of the crime. The officials state that the identification is firmly established."

"The murders for which "Black Jack" is wanted here is one of the most atrocious crimes known in the history of the territory. July 2, R. M. Rogders and Clinton Wingfield were shot and instantly killed in an attempt to rob their store at Camp Verde. Since then Sheriff Munds and a posse with bloodhounds have been on the trail which led into New Mexico and Colorado."

(Carlsbad Current; Carlsbad, New Mexico; Saturday, September 2, 1899; page 1.)

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