American Hangman

A Biography of Amos Lunt, the Executioner of San Quentin

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About the Book

In the 1890s, Amos Lunt served as the San Quentin hangman, tying the nooses that brought the most dangerous criminals in the Wild West to their deaths. A former police chief who became the hangman of San Quentin due to an unfortunate turn of events, Lunt stood on the gallows alongside bank robbers, desperadoes and assassins throughout a five-year career.
This book follows Lunt’s trail from the Santa Cruz police department to the San Quentin State Prison. Covering his interesting friendship with a series of death row inmates to the gradual deterioration of his sanity, it is a one-of-a-kind biography that profiles an American executioner. Also profiled are his subjects—twenty of the West’s most heinous criminals—as well as Lunt’s preparations for their hangings and their final moments on the gallows.

About the Author(s)

Writer and researcher Tobin T. Buhk lives in Jenison, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Tobin T. Buhk
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8592-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4601-5
Imprint: McFarland