The Mysterious Murder

Did Black Jack really kill Jap Powers?

Tom Ketchum—erroneously nicknamed “Black Jack”—is usually identified as the killer of J.N. “Jap” Powers in Tom Green County, Texas on December 12, 1895. The motive was uncertain; bad blood, perhaps, or Powers may have been rustling Ketchum cows. However, it’ s unclear if Tom pulled the trigger. Other sources say his brother Sam and Will Carver were the killers. However, six months later, Mrs. Powers and her lover J.E. Wright were officially charged in the death. It’s not clear how the case turned out. Or just who killed Mr. Powers.

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