Notable Inmates

  • Ricardo Flores Magon

    Mexican Revolutionary

    Ricardo Flores Magon

    1906 Established Partido Liberal Mexicano to oppose dictator Porfirio Diaz.

    1906 Jailed in Yuma for violations of the Neutrality Act.

    1922 Died under questionable circumstances at Leavenworth Penitentiary.

    1945 Remains repatriated to Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres in Mexico City.

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  • William Jordan Flake

    Mormon Prisoner

    William Jordan Flake

    Pioneer to Arizona in 1877

    1884 Arrested for unlawful plural marriage. While many fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution, Flake challenged the Edmunds Act calling it a "mockery, a travesty on justice." Served 6 months in prison.

    Flake lived out his days as a respected community leader and cattleman in Snowflake, Az. with his two wives, Prudence and Lucy, and their 20 children.

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  • Buckskin Frank Leslie

    The Fast Gun

    "Buckskin" Frank Leslie

    Worked for Wyatt Earp at the Oriental Bar - Tombstone, Arizona.

    Killed Billy Clairborne of the Clanton Gang.

    Killed his girlfriend in a drunken rage.

    Wyatt Earp was reputed to have said: " Leslie was the only man who could compare to Doc Holiday's blinding speed and accuracy with a six gun."

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  • Pearl Hart

    Bandit Queen

    Pearl Hart

    Along with Joe Boot, robbed the Globe to Florence stagecoach.

    Became a media sensation around the entire country.

    Sentenced to 5 years in Yuma

    Used her feminine wiles with both prisoners and guards alike, pardoned after 2 years.

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  • Elena Estrada


    Elena Estrada

    A crime of passion some would say...

    Elena Estrada was sentenced to seven years for manslaughter, when she stabbed her unfaithful lover, then cut open his chest, pulled out his heart, and threw the bloody mass into his face.

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  • Barney K. Riggs

    Hero of the Gates Riot

    Barney K. Riggs

    Sentenced to life for killing a man who was involved with his wife.

    Rescued Superintendent Gates from certain death during the Gates Riots.

    Pardoned by Governor Sulick on December 31, 1887.

    Fatally shot by Buck Chadborne at Fort Stockton, Texas - 1902.

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