The Bounty Hunter
Bounty Hunters were men who tracked down and captured wanted criminals. They lived on the fringe of legality and many of them ruthlessly killed the wanted person. These men first appeared in the camps of gold-diggers in California, and they were all extremely skilled in the use of firearms. In the South-West of the United States they were despised , whereas in the North-West their "profession" was not considered anything out of the usual. Many men took up this "profession" capturing or killing wanted persons. The first was Harry Love (1853), but the most famous bounty hunter in the West was Tom Horn. He was born in Arizona in 1860 and in his lifetime was army scout, interpeter of Apache dialects, detective for the Pinkerton Investigative Agency, gunslinger, rodeo king and bounty hunter. It is claimed that he killed al least 17 men whilw working for the Pinkerton Agency. His career ended in Wyoming where he was hanged for having killed a 14 year-old boy, mistaking him in the dark for a cattle rustler. With Horn's death in 1903 the epoch of the bounty hunters ended.
Sculptor: Gianni La Rocca.
Historical esearch, text and translation: Riccardo Carrabino.