The Bisbee Massacre

Robbery, Murder and Retribution in the Arizona Territory, 1883–1884


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About the Book

In December 1883, five outlaws attempted to rob the A.A. Castaneda Mercantile establishment in the fledgling mining town of Bisbee in the Arizona Territory. The robbery was a disaster: four citizens shot dead, one a pregnant woman. The failed heist was national news, with the subsequent manhunt, trial and execution of the alleged perpetrators followed by newspapers from New York to San Francisco.

The Bisbee Massacre was as momentous as the infamous blood feud between the Earp brothers and the cowboys two years earlier, and led to the only recorded lynching in the town of Tombstone—John Heath, a sporting man, who was thought to be the mastermind. New research indicates he may have been innocent. This comprehensive history takes a fresh look at the event that marked the end of the Wild West period in the Arizona Territory.

About the Author(s)

David Grassé is the author of several journal and newspaper articles about the Old West. He lives in Payson, Arizona.

Bibliographic Details

David Grassé
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 272
Bibliographic Info: 87 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6731-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2735-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword by Marshall Trimble  1
Preface and Acknowledgments  3
Prologue  7
One ◆ The Town  9
Two ◆ The Robbery  32
Three ◆ The Manhunt  47
Four ◆ The Trials (Part One)  73
Five ◆ The Trials (Part Two)  115
Six ◆ The Lynching  154
Seven ◆ The Hanging  174
Eight ◆ The Aftermath  197
Chapter Notes  239
Bibliography  255
Index  257