Thu, April 02

1899 ATROCIOUS MURDERS: Prisoner Ketchum is Visited by Sheriff Munds.


"Yesterday Sheriff J. L. Munds, of Prescott, Ariz., came to this city to have a look at Tom Ketchum, the wounded robber at the penitentiary, for whom he had been hunting for the past two months. At Camp Verde some months ago Ketchum killed two merchants and wounded a third man while seeking to rob a store." ...

"The Arizona sheriff, Munds, has been searching for Ketchum ever since, and had a posse with him in the Datil mountains in Socorro county, when he found a paper at a sheep ranch which told of the arrest of the man wanted in Arizona. He promptly came to this city to ascertain whether the prisoner was the one for whom he had been looking and found this to be the case."

"Should the charge against Ketchum of robbing the train be waived by the territory and the complaint against him by the government of interfering with the mails be withdrawn, the outlaw could be taken to Arizona and convicted of murder. As Ketchum was apprehended before a reward was offered for his last criminal act, it is likely that the officers can secure no reward unless it be the amounts offered in Arizona. Conviction for earlier crimes in New Mexico might not result from trials, as witnesses could not now be found, perhaps, unless it should be in the case of the murder of the postmaster at Liberty."

"Ketchum's condition yesterday following the amputation of his arm was satisfactory to the surgeons. McGinnis, the other robber at the prison is non-communicative."

(Carlsbad Current; Carlsbad, New Mexico; September 9, 1899; page 1; from the Santa Fe New Mexican.)

"FULLY IDENTIFIED: The Folsom Train Robber in Jail, is the Camp Verde Murderer."

"A Jerome, Ariz., special to the Phoenix Republican says: Captain John Boyd, who was wounded in the leg by the assassin of Rogers and Wingfield on July 2 at the time of the murder, is in Jerome. He has seen the photograph taken of the Folsom train robber who is now in jail at Santa Fe, which was taken by Reese M. Ling, district attorney of this county, when Ling went to extradite the prisoner."

"Captain Boyd declares positively that the picture is a faithful portrait of the Camp Verde murderer. It is possible the identification may induce the New Mexico authorities to turn the prisoner over to Yavapai justice."

"The Prescott Courier of September 5 says: Sheriff Munds returned yesterday afternoon from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he visited the territorial prison and saw Ketchum, alias Black Jack. The sheriff says that Ketchum is certainly the man wanted in this county for the Verde murders. Munds offered to pay the officers at Santa Fe $1,000 if they would allow him to bring Ketchum to Prescott to stand trial, and Munds further agreed to see that they got the $750 should Ketchum be convicted here of the Verde murders, the officers at Santa Fe to keep the $1,000 whether Ketchum should be convicted or not. They would not allow Munds to take Ketchum to Prescott. The $1,000 which Munds offered for him is made up of $500 offered personally by the sheriff and $500 by relatives of the murdered men."

"The penitentiary surgeon has amputated Ketchum's arm and says that Ketchum has one chance in one hundred to recover. The surgeon thinks it is doubtful if Ketchum confesses, if he dies of blood poisoning, as his death will be so sudden and unexpected by himself that he will have no time to confess."

(Arizona Silver Belt; Globe; September 14, 1899; page 3, column 3.)

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