Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain (Google eBook)

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University of North Texas Press, 2007 - History - 244 pages
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Winner of the Best Book Award from the Wild West History Association, 2008.

On a cold February evening in 1896, prominent attorney Col. Albert Jennings Fountain and his eight-year-old son Henry disappeared near the White Sands of New Mexico. The governor called in both the Pinkerton Agency and Pat Garrett, killer of Billy the Kid, to investigate. The evidence pointed at three men, former deputies William McNew, James Gililland, and Oliver Lee. These three men, however, were very close to powerful ex-judge, lawyer, and politician Albert B. Fall, said by some to be the mastermind behind the plot to kill Fountain.

During the trial, Albert Fall defended the accused men. Missing witnesses plagued the prosecution, and armed supporters of the defendants packed the courtroom, intimidating others. The verdict: not guilty. The bodies of Albert Fountain and his young son Henry still lie in an unmarked grave, the location of which remains a mystery. Corey Recko tells for the first time the complete story of the Fountains and, through extensive research, reconstructs what really happened to them and who the likely killers were.
  

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This book is interesting to New Mexicans in our centennial year of statehood and might be good resource material for the Fountain murders. Its best point is that it illustrates some of the reasons why ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Albert Jennings Fountain
3
2 Enter Albert B Fall and Other Men of Note
11
3 The Disappearance
20
4 Pat Garrett Summoned
30
5 Bring in the Pinkertons
36
6 Assistance from Fall
53
7 Decision in the Sheriffs Contest
67
13 The Trial
117
14 Jack Maxwell Testifies
130
15 Garrett Takes the Stand
139
16 The Prosecution Closes
154
17 The Defense and Rebuttal
160
18 Closing Arguments and the Verdict
172
19 In Conclusion
188
20 Epilogues
199

8 Exit John Fraser
75
9 William B Sayers
82
10 Ed Brown
87
11 Indictments
101
12 Shootout at Wildy Well
108
Notes
205
Sources
226
Index
232
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Page 7 - Mr. AJ Fountain was appointed to defend me and has done the best he could for me. He is willing to carry the case further if I can raise the money to bear his expense.
Page 21 - If you drop this we will be your friends. If you go on with it you will never reach home alive.

About the author (2007)

Corey Recko is an avid reader of history with an extensive knowledge of late nineteenth-century New Mexico. His interest in the Fountain case led to six years of research and writing. He lives in Lakewood, Ohio. For more information about the book and its author, visit www.coreyrecko.com.

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