While in jail he wrote his autobiography, Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter, which was published posthumously in bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 1 PDF. Numerous editions have been published in the late 20th century.
Författare: Joel Christian Gill.
Tells the story of an escaped slave who became one of the most successful lawman of the Old West and the rumored inspiration for The Lone Ranger.
Horn has since become a larger-than-life figure of western folklore, and debate continues as to whether he was actually guilty of Nickell’s murder. Later editions, with introductions, edited, etc. Tom“, was born in 1860 to Thomas S. Horn allegedly killed his first man in a duel — a second lieutenant in the Mexican Army, whom he killed as a result of a dispute with a prostitute. Horn was a respected scout by then, known for going out alone in reconnaissance missions as well as helping track down Geronimo’s major stronghold. By November 1885, Tom Horn earned the position of Chief of Scouts under Captain Emmet Crawford in Fort Bowie. After the war, Horn used what he earned to build his own ranch in his return to Aravaipa Canyon in Arizona.
His ranch consisted of 100 cattle and 26 horses, and he also laid claim in the Deer Creek Mining District near the canyon. Unfortunately, it was short-lived, as cattle thieves stormed his ranch one night and stole all his stock, leaving a tremendous loss and bankruptcy for Horn. Horn wandered and took jobs as a prospector, ranch hand and rodeo contestant, but he is most notorious for being hired by numerous cattle companies as a cowboy and hired gun to watch over their cattle and kill any suspected criminals preying on them. He didn’t stop, but went straight on up the creek in plain sight of everyone. All he wanted was to be seen, as his reputation was so great that his presence in a community had the desired effect. Within a week three settlers in the neighborhood sold their holdings and moved out.
That was the end of cattle rustling on the North Laramie. Later, Horn took part in the Pleasant Valley War between cattlemen and sheepmen in Arizona. Historians have not established which side he worked for, and both sides suffered several killings for which no known suspects were ever identified. In one case, Horn and another agent, C. Shores, captured two men who had robbed the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad on August 31, 1890 between Cotopaxi and Texas Creek in Fremont County, Colorado. During the Johnson County War, Horn worked for the Wyoming Stock Growers Association as well as for the Pinkertons, who had assigned him to work undercover in the county using the alias Tom Hale.
In 1895, Horn reportedly killed a known cattle thief named William Lewis near Iron Mountain, Wyoming. Horn was exonerated for that crime and for the 1895 murder of Fred Powell six weeks later. In 1896, a ranchman named Campbell, known to have a large stash of cash, was last seen with Horn. Although his official title was „Range Detective“, Horn essentially served as a killer-for-hire. By the mid-1890s, the cattle business in Wyoming and Colorado was changing due to the arrival of homesteaders and new ranchers.