Thursday Oct 27, 2016
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Former State Historian and author Robert J. Torrez discusses criminal cases and the gruesome realities of the role hangings, legal or otherwise, played in the administration of frontier justice.
Historian and author Robert J. Torrez presents "Myth of the Hanging Tree: Stories of Crime and Punishment in Territorial New Mexico" on Oct. 27, 2016 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.
The haunting specter of hanging trees holds a powerful sway on the American imagination, conjuring images of rough-and-tumble frontier towns struggling to impose law and order in a land where violence was endemic.
In this thoughtful study, former New Mexico State Historian Torrez examines several fascinating criminal cases that reveal the harsh and often gruesome realities of the role hangings, legal or otherwise, played in the administration of frontier justice.