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'Blood on the Moon'

Posted by Chip Carlson on May 03, 2001

In Reply to: 'Blood on the Moon' posted by ESC on February 23, 2000

I am pasting below a quotation taken from an address given by a Cheyenne, Wyoming newspaperman, about Tom Horn. Horn was an 1890s-early 1900s cattle detective who was hanged, wrongly, for the murder of a 14-year-old boy.
This piece is not a biography of Horn or history in detail of his homicidal accornplishments.

Before he appeared on the Wyoming scene, Horn had a notable career as a scout in Indian warfare and as a stock detective in Arizona and New Mexico. There is not much time to sketch this here. His Wyoming advent was during a troublous era there. The famous and infamous "Johnson County invasion" was little more than three years past; the lynching of Jim Averell and "Cattle Kate" had been perpetrated only five or six years previously; there had been numerous other dark crimes to avenge alleged cattle stealing. There was "blood on the moon" and Horn was to add to it.

Before Tom Horn appeared on the Wyoming scene, there was "blood on the moon" and he was to add to it.

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