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If you visit Tombstone’s Boot Hill Cemetery, you’ll find a marker for John Heath.  He was the brains behind the so-called Bisbee Massacre, a robbery-gone-bad in which four people were killed.  Five outlaws were hanged; Heath pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.

Citizens were incensed by the sentence and lynched Heath. But he wasn’t buried in Tombstone, says historian John Boessenecker.  His body was returned to his estranged wife and buried in Terrell, TX.  The Boot Hill marker was erected to attract more visitors.


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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.