- John Joel Glanton
Nominally a mercenary operation hired by the Mexican authorities to track down and kill dangerous bands of
Apaches, the gang began murdering and scalping non-Apaches and massacring citizens before they were declared outlaws in 1851. After Glanton's men destroyed a Quechanferry on the Colorado River, a band of Quechans led by Caballo en Pelo killed Glanton and reclaimed the ferry business. [Braatz, Timothy "Surviving Conquest", 2003. p. 76] This led to the ill fated Gila Expeditionmilitary operation by the California government against the Quechan tribe.
Much of Glanton's story is known through the autobiographical "My Confession" by
Samuel Chamberlain, who claimed to have been a member of the gang. A fictionalized Glanton features prominently in Cormac McCarthy's novel " Blood Meridian", a large portion of which is based on Chamberlain's account. McCarthy used Glanton's second-in-command, the mysterious Judge Holden, as the primary antagonist of his book. A graphic novel concerning the Glanton gang, also based on Chamberlain's account, was published by DC's Paradox Press in 1998.
* [http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/HNS/Scalpin/heads.html John Glanton's Gang]
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