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The Mystery Of The Fountain Murders In New Mexico Still Baffles People Today

The murders of Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain and his young son Henry took place in February 1896. However, a century later, we’re still no closer to solving them. These crimes were shocking for several reasons: one of the victims was a child, the bodies were never found, and Fountain was a well-known, public figure.

Subsequently, Oliver Lee became a state representative and a senator for New Mexico. Some of his land is now the 640-acre Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, which includes the reconstruction of his Dog Canyon Ranch (pictured above).

But the question of who murdered Albert and Henry Fountain remains. Were Lee, McNew, and Gilliland actually responsible, or was the not-guilty verdict appropriate?

One alternative theory is that the crime was committed by notorious outlaw Black Jack Ketchum. Sam Ketchum alleged that his brother (Black Jack) had confessed to committing the crimes in retaliation for Fountain prosecuting his cohorts. By that point, Black Jack had already received the death penalty so it’s hard to know if there was any truth to the claim.

If cold cases interest you, read about 4 other unsolved mysteries in New Mexico in which justice has yet to be served.

Juliet White
Staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. Juliet can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.