Today I decided to switch things up a little bit and focus on one of the other various artifacts found in our key museum that is not a key- a piece of rope that Tom Horn was hung with after being convicted of the murder of 14 year-old Willie Nickell.
Following his son's death, Kels Nickell was shot and wounded wile 60-80 of his sheep were clubbed to death. Other various violent attacks occurred against the Nickell family, prolonging the murder investigation. Tom was later questioned about the murder by Deputy Marshal Joe Lefors, After gathering what was perceived to be ample evidence, Horn was arrested for the murder of the young boy. After receiving a guilty verdict by the jury, Horn was sentenced to be executed by hanging.
On a lighter note, I hope you all enjoy this beautiful summer day, and if you happen to be in visiting Estes Park, come pay us a visit here at the Baldpate!