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Description[Tombstone] Law Enforcement: Pair of Real Photo Lynching Postcards. 1) unused postcard captioned, in the negative, "Doctor Huerta Ellente, Leader of Gang, Hung in Mexico for Holdup and Murder". What appears like a crease is in the photo itself, as this is a "photo of a photo". 2) unused postcard showing a crowd assembled around a telegraph pole used to hang a criminal, captioned, in the negative, "Hanging of John Heath, Tombstone Arizona 1885". The card was likely sold at a souvenir shop decades later. Heath was convicted as an accessory to murder in the Bisbee Massacre, a botched holdup that took place on December 8, 1883, resulting in the deaths of four innocent people. The five cowboys convicted in a separate trial where hung on March 28, 1884 and buried in Boothill Cemetery. Lynch was convicted based on the testimony of a jailhouse snitch. A lynch mob abducted Heath from the Tombstone Courthouse jail and lynched him on February 22, 1884. He joined his comrades in Boothill Cemetery.
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