A True OG
There is a lot of dispute over the history of this notorious bandito who roamed the California lands in the 1800's. As my research indicates, Joaquin Murrieta was born in Mexico but settled in Shaw Flat California. Sometime after, his wife was raped and killed by vagrant Anglo miners. Whether this actually took place is a big question of this lore, but is very believable when one considers the treatment that Mexicans and Asian's endured in these days. Murrieta swore he would take his own revenge upon the Americans who were arriving by the hundreds and settling the lands that once belonged to Mexico. Murrieta apparently tracked down his wife's murderers and killed them. He then formed a gang of bandits and continued on with a life of Murder and robbery stretching from The California Gold Country to the Central Valley. Murrieta's accomplice and friend Manuel Garcia, also known as three finger Jack, was also considered a ruthless killer, and roamed the country side with Murrieta.
During his criminal spree
from 1850 to 1853, Californians considered Joaquin and his gang the roughest
and most feared to wander California. However, many Mexican communities and
settlers supported Joaquin and his methods. Maybe out of fear, or maybe because
Joaquin was viewed as the Mexican angle of revenge. In 1853 California
Governor Bigler organized a special group of soldiers in Sacramento led by
Captain Love and ordered the capture or death of Joaquin Murrieta who continued
to ridicule his authority by murdering, stealing and pillaging the countryside.
Later that year Captain Love caught up to Murrieta near Panoche Pass while
tracking him to Joaquin Rocks, a known hide out of Murrieta. After a long
battle, Joaquin's head and Three Finger Jacks hand were amputated and placed in
large jars of alcohol and transported back to Sacramento to prove their deaths.
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