The Four Dead in Five Seconds
The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight was a
famous gun fight that occurred on April 14, 1881 on El Paso Street, El
Paso, Texas. Witnesses generally agreed that that the incident lasted no
more than five seconds after the first gunshot, though a few would
insist it was at least ten seconds.
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A posse of about 75 heavily armed Mexicans galloped into El Paso looking
for two missing vaqueros named Sanchez and Juarique, who had been
searching for 30 head of stolen cattle. Gus Krempkau, an El Paso County
Constable, accompanied the posse to the ranch of Johnny Hale, a local
ranch owner and suspected cattle rustler, who lived some 13 miles
northwest of El Paso in the Upper Valley. The corpses of the two missing
men were located near Hale's ranch and were carried back to El Paso.
2) A court in El Paso held an inquest into the
deaths, with , who was fluent in Spanish, acting as an interpreter.
acted as interpreter?
3) American cattle rustlers were accused of the
murders of Sanchez and Juarique after they were overheard bragging about
killing two cowboys when they found them trailing the herd to Hale's
ranch during the night of April 13 or in the early morning of the 14th.
Who was NOT accused of the murders?
4) After the American cattle rustlers were
formally charges, they were immediately arrested.
After the court
adjourned, what did El Paso Town Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire do?
Walked across the street for dinner
Walked home for dinner
Went into the saloon for a drink
5) Constable Krempkau went to a saloon next door
to retrieve his rifle and pistol. There, a confrontation took place with
the former town marshal over remarks Krempkau's translations and his
apparent friendship with the Mexicans.
Who was the former town marshal?
6. John Hale, who was reportedly unarmed, was
heavily intoxicated and was also upset with Krempkau�s involvement in
the matter. Hale grabbed one of former town marshal's two pistols and
yelled, "George, I've got you covered!" He then shot Krempkau.
7. Marshal Stoudenmire hears the shots and comes
running. While running, Stoudenmire fired once, wildly, killing an
innocent college-educated Mexican bystander, who was running for cover.
What was the bystander's name
8) Quickly sobering up, who jumped behind a thick
adobe pillar, but as he peered out from behind it, Stoudenmire shot him
between the eyes, killing him instantly?
9. The former town marshal stepped from cover with
his pistol drawn, saw Hale topple down, and yelled to Stoudenmire that
it wasn't his fight. However, Krempkau believed that he had shot him and
fired two shots before passing out. Stoudenmire whirled and fired. Stoudenmire walked slowly toward him and glared down at him. In agony,
he yelled, "You big son of a bitch, you murdered me!" Stoudenmire said nothing
10. Three days after the gunfight, on April 17,
1881, James Manning, a friend of Hale and the former marshal, convinced
former deputy marshal to assassinate Stoudenmire. Stoudenmire had
publicly humiliated him days before. Late at night of April 17th, an
intoxicated former marshal was hiding behind a pillar of bricks, but his
wobbly legs gave in and he fell backward squeezing double triggers of
his double barrel shotgun into the air which narrowly missed Stoudenmire. Stoudenmire immediately fired his Colts and sent eight volleys of
bullets at him, shooting off his testicles. He bled to death quickly.
Who was the former deputy marshal?