Cold Case: The Assassination of Pat Garrett: Investigating History's Mysteries

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Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 1, 2020 - History - 240 pages
Investigating History's Mysteries



The assassination of Sheriff Pat Garrett, one of the most notorious lawmen of the American West, remained one of the most puzzling and perplexing unsolved mysteries for more than a century. As a result of sophisticated forensic analysis of the historical crime scene, as well as the discovery of new evidence, the mystery has been solved.

Most know Pat Garrett as the self-proclaimed slayer of the outlaw, Billy the Kid, on the night of July 14, 1881, in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The event propelled Garrett into regional and national headlines and generated a momentum that led the lawman to consider seeking higher political offices.

Garrett's plans were thwarted by his self-destructiveness, however. In spite of his notoriety, he was a bumbling lawman, a debtor, an alcoholic, an adulterer, and addicted to gambling. After being removed from his position as sheriff, he retired to a ranch in Uvalde, Texas, only to be summoned back to New Mexico to investigate the disappearance of Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain. In this pursuit, he failed once again.

Garrett's downward spiral created a sense of desperation in the lawman, and his continuing difficulties caused him to lose what few friends he had and generate numerous enemies. In time, his enemies had had enough of him and decided he had to go.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 WHO WAS PAT GARRETT?
3
CHAPTER 2 ORIGINS
7
CHAPTER 3 WESTBOUND
9
CHAPTER 4 NEW MEXICO
13
CHAPTER 5 THE NEW SHERIFF
17
CHAPTER 6 PRISONER
23
CHAPTER 7 LINCOLN COUNTY JAIL
27
CHAPTER 8 ESCAPE
31
CHAPTER 23 COX RANCH KILLING
121
CHAPTER 24 THE TRIAL OF OLIVER LEE
125
CHAPTER 25 COLLECTOR OF CUSTOMS
133
CHAPTER 26 FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES
137
CHAPTER 27 WAYNE BRAZEL
143
CHAPTER 28 CHINESE LABORERS
149
CHAPTER 29 RAILROAD TIES
157
CHAPTER 30 THE PLOT TO REMOVE PAT GARRETT
159

CHAPTER 9 THE SHOOTING AT FORT SUMNER
37
CHAPTER 10 THE BOOK
41
CHAPTER 11 TRANSITIONS
45
PART II SETTING THE STAGE
57
CHAPTER 12 ENTER COLONEL ALBERT JENNINGS FOUNTAIN
59
CHAPTER 13 ENTER ALBERT BACON FALL
63
CHAPTER 14 ENTER OLIVER LEE
65
CHAPTER 15 ENTER TODD BAILEY
69
CHAPTER 16 TULAROSA AND MESILLA VALLEY TROUBLES
73
PART III THE ROAD TO ASSASSINATION
85
CHAPTER 17 THE CALL
87
CHAPTER 18 RETURN
91
CHAPTER 19 CHASING OLIVER LEE
101
CHAPTER 20 CONFRONTATION
107
CHAPTER 21 POLITICAL MACHINATIONS
113
CHAPTER 22 CONFRONTATION REDUX
117
CHAPTER 31 CARL ADAMSON
165
CHAPTER 32 THE FINAL JOURNEY
167
CHAPTER 33 THE ASSASSINATION
173
PART IV AFTERMATH
175
CHAPTER 34 CONFESSION
177
CHAPTER 35 THE TRIAL OF WAYNE BRAZEL
181
CHAPTER 36 THE SUSPECTS
183
CHAPTER 37 THE PLOT TO KILL PAT GARRETT REVISITED
193
THE UNFOLDING YEARS
198
DISCOVERING TODD BAILEY
211
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
214
SELECTED REFERENCES
216
INDEX
220
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
230
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W.C. Jameson is the award-winning author of more than a hundred books. He is the bestselling treasure author in America, and his prominence as a professional fortune hunter has led to stints as a consultant for the Unsolved Mysteries television show, the Travel Channel, and the History Channel. He lives near Austin, Texas.

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