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The Wild West Extravaganza

The Wild West Extravaganza

True tales from the wild and woolly west covering the real life people and events that shaped the American frontier. Gunfighters, Lawmen, Outlaws, Native Americans, Mountain Men, Explorers - the lands they discovered and the battles they fought! Dad jokes and mispronunciations abound on this deep dive into Old West history!

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Joaquin Murrieta
Jun 22 2022
Joaquin Murrieta
Imagine for a second that you’re a young immigrant, lured to a foreign land with hopes of creating a better life for yourself and your family. Upon arrival, however, things don’t turn out quite like you dreamed and those in power decided to take everything from you that you hold dear. Your land is stolen, your brother murdered by so called vigilantes without benefit of a trial and you yourself tied up, horse whipped, and forced to watch your beautiful wife beaten and raped, raped to the point that she would die in your arms shortly thereafter. Sounds like a nightmare. I imagine most of us, under similar circumstances, would be looking for revenge. And, according to legend, vengeance is exactly what the fabled bandit Joaquin Murrieta exacted. Story goes that he waited till nightfall and slid into the camp of his tormentors, dressed all in black. Dispatched one of ‘em with a blade, silently chopping up the body and leaving the dismembered limbs scattered around camp to be found in the morning. And the next night he repeated this action. And again, the night after that. Once Joaquin’s immediate thirst for retribution was satisfied, he moved on to other such men, the type who preyed on his kind. He soon formed a group of likeminded compadres, dubbed bandits, who dedicated their lives to protecting the innocent, robbing from the rich and righting various wrongs. A compelling story that is said to have been the real-life inspiration behind Zorro and possibly even Batman. A tale found repeated all over the world wide web both in print and song. But how true is it? Historian Susan Lee Johnson summed it up best when she wrote “so many tales have grown up around Murrieta that it is hard to disentangle the fabulous from the factual”. Who was Joaquin Murrieta? I mean who was he REALLY? Why is there so much misinformation about the man? Was he a freedom fighter - righteous avenger of injustice – or simply a blood thirsty bandit who preyed on the weak? How badly will I butcher any Spanish names I attempt to pronounce?   Email me!   Check out my website!   Buy me a coffee!   Join the Patreon!   Joaquin Murrieta | Literary Fiction or Historical Fact?     Chasing the Elusive Joaquin Murrieta -   Judge Roy Bean | Wild West Extravaganza -   California Ranger Rosters -   California Bandidos: Social Bandits or Sociopaths | John Boessenecker -   Joaquin Murrieta | Los Alegras de Teran -   The Bandit Joaquin | Dave Stamey -   The Ballad of Joaquin Murrieta | Sons of the San Joaquin -   Book & Gear Recommendations -
Joaquin Murrieta
Jun 22 2022
Joaquin Murrieta
Imagine for a second that you’re a young immigrant, lured to a foreign land with hopes of creating a better life for yourself and your family. Upon arrival, however, things don’t turn out quite like you dreamed and those in power decided to take everything from you that you hold dear. Your land is stolen, your brother murdered by so called vigilantes without benefit of a trial and you yourself tied up, horse whipped, and forced to watch your beautiful wife beaten and raped, raped to the point that she would die in your arms shortly thereafter. Sounds like a nightmare. I imagine most of us, under similar circumstances, would be looking for revenge. And, according to legend, vengeance is exactly what the fabled bandit Joaquin Murrieta exacted. Story goes that he waited till nightfall and slid into the camp of his tormentors, dressed all in black. Dispatched one of ‘em with a blade, silently chopping up the body and leaving the dismembered limbs scattered around camp to be found in the morning. And the next night he repeated this action. And again, the night after that. Once Joaquin’s immediate thirst for retribution was satisfied, he moved on to other such men, the type who preyed on his kind. He soon formed a group of likeminded compadres, dubbed bandits, who dedicated their lives to protecting the innocent, robbing from the rich and righting various wrongs. A compelling story that is said to have been the real-life inspiration behind Zorro and possibly even Batman. A tale found repeated all over the world wide web both in print and song. But how true is it? Historian Susan Lee Johnson summed it up best when she wrote “so many tales have grown up around Murrieta that it is hard to disentangle the fabulous from the factual”. Who was Joaquin Murrieta? I mean who was he REALLY? Why is there so much misinformation about the man? Was he a freedom fighter - righteous avenger of injustice – or simply a blood thirsty bandit who preyed on the weak? How badly will I butcher any Spanish names I attempt to pronounce?   Email me!   Check out my website!   Buy me a coffee!   Join the Patreon!   Joaquin Murrieta | Literary Fiction or Historical Fact?     Chasing the Elusive Joaquin Murrieta -   Judge Roy Bean | Wild West Extravaganza -   California Ranger Rosters -   California Bandidos: Social Bandits or Sociopaths | John Boessenecker -   Joaquin Murrieta | Los Alegras de Teran -   The Bandit Joaquin | Dave Stamey -   The Ballad of Joaquin Murrieta | Sons of the San Joaquin -   Book & Gear Recommendations -
Brushy Bill is a Lying Liar
Apr 22 2022
Brushy Bill is a Lying Liar
The outlaw Billy the Kid was allegedly killed at the age of 21 by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the year 1881. Skip ahead another 70 years and you have an elderly man known as Brushy Bill Roberts coming forward shattering the common historical narrative. He claimed to be the kid, said that he had escaped Pat Garrett all of them years before and had been living under the radar ever since. Brushy - with the help of an attorney named William V. Morrison - spent around two years compiling evidence, conducting interviews, researching, documenting all kinds of stuff for the purpose of both proving these claims and obtaining a pardon for Mr. Roberts; the same pardon that Billy the Kid was promised back in the day. Brushy was able to obtain a meeting with the then Governor of New Mexico but it was a no use. The whole ordeal was a media circus and Roberts ended up having a stroke right there in the Governor’s mansion. Less than a month later on December 27th, 1950, Roberts would suffer a fatal heart attack and needless to say, the pardon never came. And we’ve been arguing about the man’s true identity ever since! Brushy Bill has piqued my curiosity since I was a little kid, ever since I first watched Young Guns 2. My friends and I played Young Guns at recess. I owned more than one copy of the Bon Jovi Soundtrack over the years and I’m excited beyond words to see Young Guns part 3 on the big screen when it finally comes out – more on that towards the end of this episode. I can’t stress this enough - I WANT Brushy Bill to be Billy the Kid. I truly do. I’m not some sort of wild west grinch just trying to suck the fun out of everything. It would be so cool if arguably the most famous outlaw of all time had really escaped death and lived to be an old man. If we could prove that it’d be massive! Unfortunately, I don’t think it can be proven. Matter of fact, I’m pretty positive the opposite is true. It’s my opinion that this episode will demonstrate, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Brushy Bill Roberts was NOT Billy the Kid. Abandon all hope and join me if you dare! My name’s Josh and you’re listening to the Wild West Extravaganza!   Email me!   Check out my website!   Buy me a coffee!   Book & Gear Recommendations -   Brushy Bill Roberts Original Episode -   Confessionals Podcast featuring Daniel A. Edwards -   Billy the Kid: An Autobiography: The Story of Brushy Bill Roberts by Daniel A. Edwards -   Alias Billy the Kid by Morrison & Sonnichsen -   Santa Rosa NM Supplemental Part 2 -   Blood and Dust Podcast featuring Brett L. Hall -   The Real Billy the Kid aka Brushy Bill Roberts by Brett L. Hall -   Brett Hall’s YouTube -   Brushy Bill Proof that his Claim was a Hoax by Roy L. Haws -   Brushy Bill Discussion Forum -   Bear Grease – The Myth of the Southern Mountain Lion -   Young Guns 3 -
Alfred Packer | Colorado Cannibal
Apr 6 2022
Alfred Packer | Colorado Cannibal
April 1874. Present day Colorado. A half-starved weather-beaten Alfred Packer came limping into the Los Pinos Indian Agency seeking refuge. Feet covered in rags he claimed he had a harrowing story to tell. The man was ushered in and given food which he vomited up almost as soon as he got it down. Too long without he explained, asking instead for whiskey. Anything that would calm his stomach and hopefully his trembling hands. Finally, Alfred spoke. Said he had been a guide up in the mountains for some prospectors. They hit some bad weather and worse luck. He himself got snow-blinded and the other five would-be miners abandoned him. For the next two months this survivor somehow scrapped by - living by his wits, surviving the hellish winter, and making it to civilization all on his own, with almost no supplies. An amazing tale of endurance, for sure. There’s just one catch - Alfred Packer didn’t seem all that malnourished. Matter of fact, the man seemed pretty well fed. And his story? Well, it had holes.   Who was Alfred Packer? Was he truly guilty of the crimes that would see him spend nearly two decades behind bars? And what’s human flesh taste like, anyway? Pass the chianti and crack open the fava beans as we delve into the life and times of the Colorado Cannibal, Alfred Packer.   Email me!   Check out my website!   Buy me a coffee!   Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal by Harold Schechter -   What Does Human Meat Taste Like | The Guardian -   The Body Trade | Reuters -   Guy Serves Friends Tacos Made From Amputated Foot | Vice -   More Book Recommendations!   Wild West Extravaganza Patreon!