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Murder on the White Sands : the disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain

Author: Corey Recko
Publisher: Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, ©2007.
Series: A.C. Greene series, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On a cold February evening in 1896, prominent attorney Col. Albert Jennings Fountain and his eight-year-old son Henry rode across the White Sands of New Mexico. It was a trip the father and son would not complete--they both disappeared in a suspected ambush and murder at the hands of cattle thieves Fountain was prosecuting. The disappearance of Colonel Fountain and his young son resulted in outrage throughout the  Read more...
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Named Person: Albert Jennings Fountain; Henry Fountain; Albert Jennings Fountain; Henry Fountain
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Corey Recko
ISBN: 9781574412246 1574412248 9781574412543 157441254X
OCLC Number: 76937269
Description: 244 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Albert Jennings Fountain --
Enter Albert B. Fall and other men of note --
The disappearance --
Pat Garrett summoned --
Assistance from Fall --
Decision in the sheriff's contest --
Exit John Fraser --
William B. Sayers --
Ed Brown --
Indictments --
Shootout at Wildy Well --
The trial --
Jack Maxwell testifies --
Garrett takes the stand --
The prosecution closes --
The defense and rebuttal --
Closing arguments and the verdict --
In conclusion --
Epilogues.
Series Title: A.C. Greene series, 5.
Responsibility: Corey Recko.
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The bodies of Albert Fountain and his young son Henry lie in an unmarked grave. This work tells the story of the Fountains and, through research, reconstructs what really happened to them and who the  Read more...

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"I have never seen such a beautifully researched piece. This is the kind of book I wish I had written." - Leon Metz, author of Pat Garrett "This is the most comprehensive examination of all the Read more...

 
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