Captain Harry Love

harry-love-blogCaptain Harry Love killed California bandit Joaquin Murrieta in 1853; 15 years later, he came to his own hard end.

Love was a homeless drunk, separated from his wife and insanely jealous.  In June 1868, he was waiting with a shotgun when she came to her Santa Clara home with a hired hand/bodyguard.

The two men got into a gunfight.  Both were hurt, the hired hand superficially. Doctors amputated Love’s right arm—the chloroform failed to put him fully under–but he died 30 minutes later.

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