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Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum

Apparently made from the same cloth as Quay County namesake Matthew Quay, Black Jack Ketchum was one of the last train robbers ever convicted. He was publically executed by hanging in The Town of Clayton and he had the honor of his head coming away from his body at "the snap of the rope". This was likely incidental to the ending of such executions in New Mexico. Also, to a large extent, this brought the "wild west" era of Wilfornia to an end. Tommy seemed to be one of those Ignorant Farmer Era folk that found out profitable horticulture and Wilfornia are mutually exclusive and took up robbery as an income generator.