March 8th, 2011 Headsman
On an uncertain date — approximated only to “about the time of the Columbus affair,” which was Pancho Villa‘s famous (and otherwise unrelated) raid on Columbus, N.M. March 8-9, 1916 — a triple execution took place in Juarez, Mexico.
The who, why, and wherefore appear to be completely lost. Only the image remains:
These images were captured by C. Tucker Barrett, a lawyer and amateur photographer serving with the U.S. Army’s 16th Infantry Regiment then stationed right across the border from Juarez, in El Paso, Texas. (This regiment would be detailed for a punitive expedition into Mexico, which Barrett also photographed.)
The Mexican Revolution may be ancient history, but Juarez and extrajudicial executions are still very much in the news.
On this day..
- 1693: Five at Tyburn - 2017
- 1734: Judith Defour, in the Gin Craze - 2016
- 1715: Lips Tullian, outlaw and comic hero - 2015
- 1782: The Gnadenhutten Massacre - 2014
- 1945: Karl Hulten, for the Cleft Chin Murder - 2013
- 1862: Martin Dumollard, l'assassin des bonnes - 2012
- 1951: The Lonely Hearts killers, tortured by love - 2010
- 305: Feast Day of St. Philemon the Actor - 2009
- Themed Set: The Church confronts its competition - 2009
- 1845: An Italian highwayman, as witnessed by Dickens - 2008