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    Large Format Image of Hanged/Decapitated "Black Jack" Ketchum. Thomas Edward Ketchum, also known as "Black Jack", was an ordinary cowboy and cattle driver. In about 1897, Ketchum joined the outlaws of the Hole in the Wall Gang and pursued a life of crime, focusing on train robberies, although when not robbing trains the gang worked on several ranches in New Mexico and Texas. In 1899, he was captured; he was hanged in 1901 for attempted train robbery. Ketchum's last words were: "I'll be in hell before you start breakfast, boys! Let her rip!" Unfortunately, Ketchum was too heavy for the too-long rope used to hang him, and in the process, he was decapitated. This enlarged image, reproduced from the original postcard-sized image, shows several men kneeling by Ketchum's remains and bears the following legend on the negative: "Body of 'Black Jack' after the Hanging. Showing Head snapped off." Measures 9.75" x 7" and bears remnants of the page to which it was originally affixed. From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.

    Condition: Fine.

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    January, 2009
    23rd-25th Friday-Sunday
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