Legal Executions After Statehood in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah

A Comprehensive Registry


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About the Book

Since statehood was achieved in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, 322 men and 2 women have been executed. The first of these post-statehood executions took place in Nevada on October 30, 1868, and the last took place in Arizona on October 26, 2010. This text provides a case history for each execution, including details of the crimes committed, pursuits and captures, the particulars of the legal processes, and the executions. There have been five methods of execution available in these states, and death by hanging, lethal gas, electrocution, firing squad and lethal injection are all represented.

About the Author(s)

R. Michael Wilson has been researching and writing about the history of the American West for more than a decade. A retired law enforcement officer, he is the author of numerous books on crime and capital punishment. He is a member of the Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America.

Bibliographic Details

R. Michael Wilson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 401
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6326-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8464-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction      3

Arizona      15

Colorado      96

Nevada      195

New Mexico      288

Utah      312

Bibliography      375

Index      379

Book Reviews & Awards

• “When it comes to capital punishment, R. Michael Wilson knows his stuff”—Wild West

• “Wilson, describes, by state and in chronological order from 1868–2010, each legal execution since the statehood of five southwestern states”—Reference & Research Book News