“I further command that such officer or officers retire quickly from your dangling corpse”

I just came across what must surely be one of the most cold-blooded orders in the history of American justice. This is how it begins:

José Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, in a few short weeks it will be spring. The snows of winter will flee away, the ice will vanish, and the air will become soft and balmy. In short, José Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, the annual miracle of the years will awaken and come to pass, but you won’t be here.

Read Frontier Justice on Futility Closet [via Letters of Note]

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  • Jenne Relucio

    Nice refresher. The first time I read this in my Crim Law book, I had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t seeing things due to over-caffeination…

  • William

    More than a little racist, no? “..but bare, bleached bones of a cold-blooded, copper-colored, blood-thirsty, throat-cutting, chili-eating, sheep-herding, murdering son of a bitch.” Wonder if the guy got a fair trial.

    • I thought so, too. But then again, I’m guessing most people living in the wild wild west were copper colored and ate chili.