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Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Pat Garrett Marker

The city of Las Cruces is considering the approval of a 1,703.9 acre subdivision on the East Mesa south of Hwy 70 called “The Vistas at Presidio II.”

Unknown to virtually everyone in Las Cruces, this block contains a marker built by Jarvis Garrett to memorialize the spot where his Dad was shot. Jarvis Garrett is the youngest son of Pat Garrett. is the lawman who is most famous for having shot .

A local organization called has been formed “to ensure that the site where the death occurred is set aside for a memorial to Pat, and that the marker set up by Jarvis is retained and protected.” Their web site is:

Here’s what the marker looks like:

Pat Garrett was shot February 28, 1908. You can see “Feb 1908” carved in the marker in this closeup:

Photos courtesy of Friends of Pat Garrett.

See also:
Billy the Kids’s Grave – New Book
Did Billy the Kid Stay at La Posta in Mesilla?

 

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Deadline Passes

The deadline set by the Las Cruces Blackmailer passed yesterday (Friday) at 7 pm with no consequences.

This was the second deadline set by the extortionist.

Here’s the 24-hour tip line for any information about the case:

(505) 635-9934

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Friday — 7 pm

According to the local paper, the deadline given by the Las Cruces Blackmailer is 7 pm, Friday, November 3. If the blackmailer isn’t paid an undisclosed amount by that time, he (or she) threatens to start shooting school children.

“More bodies will fall. Now they will fall in school yards. Don’t believe us? Try us again.”

Police are taking this threat extremely seriously. Schools are being kept locked, outside activities are banned, and extra police are patrolling schools.

A letter released to parents by the Las Cruces Public Schools requested that parents cooperate with the following new security measures:

* Please sign in when visiting our building.
* Doors will be locked, please enter through the front door only.
* Help us look for suspicious cars, people or anything out of the ordinary around our campus.

Here’s the 24-hour tip line for any information about the case:

(505) 635-9934

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Authorities Take Precautions

The threats to local school children by an unknown extortionist are being taken very seriously by the police and local authorities.

School doors will be locked, and outside activities cancelled or curtailed. Additional police will be present at schools.

If you have any information about this crime, call the 24-hour tip line:

(505) 635-9934

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

“More Bodies Will Fall”

The Las Cruces Blackmailer has sent the local paper a new letter threatening to shoot Crucens unless paid a large sum of money.

Here are the details of his previous extortion attempt:

The Blackmailer had previously set a deadline of September 22. That day passed with no consequences. The local paper states that the Blackmailer has set a new deadline in early November.

It quotes the new letter as saying:

“More bodies will fall. Now they will fall in school yards. Don’t believe us? Try us again.”

This could be a reference to the tragic shooting of a child several days ago. No one has been identified and arrested in that crime, but authorities are saying they don’t think it’s related to the threats.

A reward of $51,000 is offered for information leading to the capture and prosecution of the person or persons responsible.

Here’s the 24-hour line for reporting tips:

(505) 635-9934

Any kind of information could be valuable.

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Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Reptile Killers Caught

The and killed and stole dozens of reptiles have been caught. Both are 17 and have confessed.

These two also trashed the facility beyond use, and stole considerable property.

Sadly, they will not be punished for their extreme cruelty. The New Mexico animal cruelty statue explicitly excludes reptiles. This needs to be changed immediately.

These thugs were caught with 19 stolen turtles — strange how their parents did not notice the sudden, huge influx of turtles into their home… nor the new bicycle… nor the other stolen property suddenly acquired by their kids.

The 10-foot albino Burmese python, Gloria, stabbed extensively “in the neck” by the thugs appears to be recovering. They claim the 15 snakes still unaccounted for were released into the desert — if true, they will not survive out of their habitat.

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Reward Offered for Reptile Killers

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information on the and killed many of the animals. Here are some details of the attack:

The killers (there had to be more than one) used several knives, a fireplace poker and at least 2 frying pans to beat the animals to death. They hit the animals so hard that they broke off the handles of both frying pans. They also injured several turtles by smashing stones onto their shells.

If you have any information on these heartless goons, call:

(505) 526-8000 or (800) 897-2746.

These numbers can be called 24/7.

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Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Deadline Passes

The deadline set by the Las Cruces Blackmailer passed yesterday (Friday) with no consequences. The Blackmailer had threatened the city with random shootings if not paid “cash.” The amount of money demanded has been withheld from the public.

The local paper reported that school attendance was down, but there was little other sign of people’s behavior being affected.

Here’s the 24-hour tip line for any information about the case:

(505) 635-9934

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Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Guard on Standby

In response to threats to city residents by an unknown blackmailer, the Las Cruces National Guard has been placed on standby.

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Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Reptile Rescue Fundraiser

On September 11, thugs who remain uncaught broke into the facilities of Las Cruces Reptile Rescue and killed and stole numerous reptiles. They also trashed the facility beyond use.

A fundraiser for the organization will be held Sunday, September 24, from 2 to 4 pm at the Court Youth Center.

For more details, call (505) 680-6675 or (505) 680-6082.

About 15 snakes and 30 turtles remain missing. If you have any information on this crime, call (505) 525-1911.

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