“Always Wished I Could Have Seen Him Hung”

Those were the words of Ira Aten, the Texas Ranger chiefly responsible for bringing Dick Duncan to justice.

From the start, Aten suspected Duncan of killing four family members from San Saba that he was escorting to Mexico in February 1888.  It took a month in the saddle covering 1,500 miles on horseback to break the case and pin the murders on Duncan, who was hanged in the Maverick County jail on September 18, 1891 in the only execution ever carried out in that border county.

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