Las Vegas, NM circa 1890
Las Vegas, NM circa 1890

Vicente Silva led a double life in Las Vegas, New Mexico. By day, he was a successful businessman. By night, he was an organized crime boss for nearly two decades. He went out of control around the end of 1892.

He had one of his own gang members killed in October—then had his brother-in-law murdered the next February, afraid the man would squeal on him.

Silva’s final act: ordering gang members to kill his wife. After they did it, they robbed and murdered Vicente himself and buried him with his late spouse.

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