The Strangest Lynching

A hanging turned into a shooting gallery.

Three men languish in the Las Vegas, NM jail on Feb. 8, 1880. They’re charged in the murder of Marshal Joe Carson—and they’ve been guaranteed protection against mob actions. Bad move. Local lawmen are in league with the vigilantes. The accused are taken to a windmill that’s served as a gallows in previous extra-judicial executions. On of the men is strung up—and then the widow of the marshal starts shooting. The crowd joins in, riddling the men with bullets.

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