Black Jack Confesses That Innocent Men Suffer. Train Robber Writes Letter to President McKinley.
Oakland Tribune / April 26, 1901
CLAYTON, N.M. April 26 — Thos. E. Ketchum, alias “Black Jack,” the train robber, was hanged at 1:21 today. The rope broke but his head was jerked off.
The execution took place inside a stockade built for the purpose. The inclosure was crowded, 150 spectators having been admitted.
When Ketchum mounted the platform at 1:17 his face was very pale, but his eyes swept over the crowd boldly, as if he had no fear. A priest stood by his side as the