Corpse Waybill and Related Documents - Mendocino Outlaws #86319

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Corpse Waybill and Related Documents - Mendocino Outlaws  #86319
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The Mendocino Outlaws were a group of convicts who carried out a series of robberies and murders during exploits they planned during their time in San Quentin Prison. On December 5, 1879, a posse led by Sheriff James R. Moore and Jeremiah "Doc" Standley caught up with outlaws Hal Brown, George Gaunce, and John Billings, and in the shootout that ensued, Billings lay dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Standley, famous as a wilderness tracker, apprehended Gaunce soon after and handed him over to Sheriff Moore who took the prisoner and Billings' corpse back to Ukiah.

How do you transfer a corpse in late 1800s California? By Well's Fargo & Co's Express of course!

This lot contains documents related to shipping Billing's body including the coroner's cause of death notice, Western Union Telegraph containing instructions, and correspondence within Wells Fargo about the shipment. Also included are copies of newspaper articles covering the capture of the Mendocino Outlaws from the San Francisco Call. State: California City: Date: 1879