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  John Heath Grave Marker
by Stephen-KarenConn

On December 8, 1883, Dan Dowd, C.W. Sample, Don Kelley, William DeLaney and Tex Howard held up the General Store in Bisbee, Arizona, near the Mexican border. While two of the five robbed the store, the other three shot up the street outside, killing several people. It was discovered that John Heath, a Bisbee saloon owner had mastermined the robbery. Eventually all six men were arrested and wound up in the Tombstone jail. The five robbers were sentenced to hang. However, Heath, who demanded a seperate trial, was given life in the Yuma pen. At this sentence the whole county became enraged.

Early on February 22, 1884, 50 armed men rode up to the Tombstone jail and took the prisoner from Sheriff Ward. Half an hour later the lynch mob departed, leaving Heath dangling from a telegraph pole on 2nd Steet. The other 5 were left in jail to allow the law to take its course. They were hanged on the gallows behind the courthouse, March 8, 1884, and buried at Boothill Graveyard where they share one common epitaph: "Legally Hanged."

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  • Updated Jan 20, 2005
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