Bisbee Massacre


William E. Delaney, at 27 years old, was one of five robbers who struck in the Arizona mining town of Bisbee on December 8. Four innocent citizens of the community were killed throughout the course of this crime. The next six weeks saw the capture, trial, and execution of all five robbers; Delaney was the last to be caught, in Sonora, Mexico. A sixth guy, not directly involved in the crime but implicated in its planning, was lynched by a crowd. While the so-called “Bisbee Massacre” is now a well-known event in Western American history, little is known about the mysterious Billy Delaney, who, like so many others, has faded into legend along with “the Cowboys.”

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