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    Over Sized Cabinet Card Of The Hanging Of Stage Coach Robbers "The Ruggles Brothers". Oversized cabinet card, measuring 5 1/4" x 8 1/2" of the hanging of John and Charles Ruggles, on a Franklin, Redding, Ca. mount. Charles had been robbing stage coaches for sometime before his brother John joined him. On May 10, 1892, the brothers robbed the Weaverville stage, but the take was small. The men settled on a location on top of a hill five miles north of Redding to pull off their next robbery. The stage would be moving slowly, and the horses would be tired from the uphill journey. The brothers stopped the stage on May 12, 1892, and everything went according to plan, until Charles was hit with buckshot fired by a guard riding inside the coach. More shots rang out, and soon passenger George Suhr, driver Johnny Boyce and guard Amos "Buck" Montgomery were all wounded. John Ruggles ran up to Montgomery and shot the seriously wounded man in the back, killing him. Boyce regained control of his team and drove off as fast as the horses could run. John, thinking that Charles was mortally wounded, said goodbye to his brother, grabbed the money and fled the scene. A posse found Charles where he was shot and took him into custody. His wounds looked worse than they were, and he was soon recovering in the Redding jail. Under questioning by Wells Fargo detective John Thacker, Charles admitted that the other robber was his brother John. A reward of eleven hundred dollars was placed on John's head. John Ruggles was arrested while eating a meal at a restaurant in his hometown of Woodland, California, by a Yolo County deputy sheriff. Taken by train to Redding, John was overcome with joy upon seeing that his brother was not dead. A trial was set for July 28, 1892. On July 24, a group of masked men entered the jail and took the brothers out of their cell. They were hanged together from a derrick. No one was ever prosecuted for the lynching. Presented is a graphic image of their hanging. A very scarce image in fine condition. The Eric C. Caren Collection.

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