Monday, August 23, 2010

Joseph Ziegler

Joseph Ziegler's grave in Tombstone's Boothill

Joseph Ziegler
Born: circa 1855
Died: November 1, 1882 (Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona)
Interred: Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona
Occupation: Miner

Joseph Ziegler worked as a miner near Tombstone, Arizona. On November 1, 1882 he was working with fellow miner Ed Williams. They were laying track for the ore cars in a local mine when they got into an argument. The subject of the argument is no longer known, but it became very heated and both men were unwilling to let it go. They carried it with them after work and into town later in the day.

The quarrel eventually ended near the corner of Fifth and Toughnut Streets. Behind an icehouse Williams pulled a gun and shot Ziegler to death. Since Ziegler had no weapon on him, it should have been a clear case of murder. But a jury of Williams' peers saw differently. He was convicted on the much lesser charge of manslaughter, which had a maximum sentence of five years.

The view northwest toward the courthouse from Third and Toughnut, two blocks west of the murder

The view southeast from Fourth and Toughnut - the murder took place just right of center in this photo

Tombstone's Boothill by Ben T. Traywick (1994)

Essential Guide For Your Tour of the Original Boothill Graveyard - self guided tour pamphlet from the Boothill Graveyard gift shop

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