Tom Horn, stock detective and hired killer, was hanged in Cheyenne in 1903 for a crime he probably did not commit. He remains controversial because of lingering questions about his guilt and the nature of the trial. Horn’s death remains important as it shows the power of Wyoming’s cattle barons, once substantial, beginning at last to wane.
Chip Carlson’s books include Tom Horn: Blood on the Moon and Joe LeFors: “I Slickered Tom Horn.” Carlson was born in Pennsylvania, coincidentally close to the birthplaces of John Coble, Frank Bosler and other major figures in the early Wyoming cattle business. He is a graduate of Colgate University and worked in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Midwest before moving to Wyoming in 1977. More information on Tom Horn is available at Carlson’s website: www.tom-horn.com.