Black Jack Desperados

AN EYE FOR AN EYE —

A special edition of Yesterday’s News exploring the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the Death Penalty…

The Botched Execution of Tom Ketchum

This episode takes us back to the Old West with the tale of the Black Jack gang, terrors of the Southwest from about 1896 to 1901 when its leader, Tom Ketchum, was finally captured trying to pull off a train robbery solo. He didn’t know the conductor had been robbed once before and carried a sawed off shotgun. Yeah. That’s not gonna end well.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
Additional incidental music by Chuck Wiggins
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

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A young Jack Elam as Blackjack Ketchum in a episode of “Stories of the Century”, 1955.

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