June 20, 2021

50 - Tom Tobin & The Bloody Espinosas

50 - Tom Tobin & The Bloody Espinosas

When Felipe Espinosa and younger brother Vivian were feeling bloody, the bodies were sure to follow. And in the spring and summer of 1863, there was certainly no shortage of bodies. Some victims were shot at long distances while others were casualties...


When Felipe Espinosa and younger brother Vivian were feeling bloody, the bodies were sure to follow. And in the spring and summer of 1863, there was certainly no shortage of bodies. Some victims were shot at long distances while others were casualties of more close-in work with blade or axe. And most were mutilated; beheaded, disemboweled, desecrated or otherwise molested.

After several failed attempts, the U.S. Army finally hired half-breed mountain man Tom Tobin to hunt down Felipe Espinosa. Tobin had been out west since he was a 14-year-old and had a unique set of skills that made him invaluable when it came to being a manhunter.

Who were the Bloody Espinosa brothers? What caused their murderous tirade? Who was Tom Tobin and was he successful? My name’s Josh and your listening to the Wild West Extravaganza!

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The Bloody Espinosas by Adam James Jones https://adamjamesjones.com/2010/12/14/the-real-story/

Out of Vengeance or Just Plain Madness, another great article by Adam James Jones https://www.historynet.com/vengeance-plain-madness-felipe-espinosa-led-murder-spree.htm