LAST TRAIN TO EL PASO; The Mysterious Unsolved Murder of a Cattle Baron. Jerry J. Lobdill.

LAST TRAIN TO EL PASO; The Mysterious Unsolved Murder of a Cattle Baron

Ft. Worth, TX: Cross Timbers Press, 2014. Paperback. 6 x 9, 263 pgs, index, notes, bibliography, b&w historical photos. Thomas Lyons, a prominent Grant County civic leader, owned a ranching enterprise spread over 1.5 million acres. He was murdered not long after he arrived at Union Station in El Paso on May 17, 1917. Witnesses later said a mystery man had met him at the train station. The author contends that the case, one of the most sensational crimes in El Paso history, resulted in a gross miscarriage of justice. T.J. Coggin, portrayed in newspapers as a wealthy El Paso cattleman, and his younger brother, Millard Coggin, were indicted as co-defendants, along with Felix Jones, identified as the hit man who killed Lyons. Charges against the Coggin brothers were eventually dismissed and someone bought Jones a pardon after he was sent to prison. The author suggests that neither the press nor law officers at the time seemed to care that T.J. Coggin and T.A. Morrison were at one time closely associated with Jim Miller, a notorious outlaw and killer who was lynched in 1909. The book identifies Morrison as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Lyons case. New. Item #27304
ISBN: 9781495431845

Price: $25.00

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