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Albuquerque’s First Town Marshal: “Jerked to Jesus”

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Albuquerque wasn’t officially a year old before Milton J. Yarberry was appointed the city’s first Town Marshal. For reasons unknown, the police recommended him and the merchants of the growing town hired him to protect against “miscreants,” not knowing Yarberry’s sordid background. It didn’t take long before he’d killed his first Albuquerque man and three months later, another. Yarberry was tried and found guilty of that murder. He was hanged by a “newfangled” contraption that jerked their victims upwards. The 1881 Las Vegas Optic coined the phrase “Jerked to Jesus.” I’d love to give the background of not only Yarberry who defines the word “checkered past,” but also about a brand new Albuquerque. It’s a fascinating glimpse into history.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

CE South Building

Melody Groves 



Please read:  UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment



Registration Closes On
Monday, November 5, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/5/2018 - 11/5/2018 Weekly - Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Albuquerque, CE South Building  Map, Room: 107 Melody Groves