An Empty Grave

Gang leader John Heath is not at Boot Hill.

John Heath has gone down in infamy for his part in the Bisbee Massacre of 1884. He was the mastermind of the holdup, although he didn’t actually participate in it. After he was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, a mob strung him up from a Tombstone telegraph pole.

There’s a marker for Heath in Boot Hill—but he’s not there. After his death, the body was shipped back to his family in Terrell, Texas. They buried him in a local cemetery, with no headstone.

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