By Beatriz de la Garza
"Esto no es cosa de armas" (this isn't an issue for weapons). those have been the final phrases of Don Francisco Gutiérrez ahead of Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Gutiérrez. What begun as an easy dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Gutiérrez family members ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those renowned Mexican landowners but in addition to a blatant miscarriage of justice.
In this engrossing account of the 1912 crime and the next trial of Allee, Beatriz de l. a. Garza delves into the political, ethnic, and cultural worlds of the Texas-Mexico border to show the tensions among the Anglo minority and the Mexican majority that propelled the killings and their aftermath. Drawing on unique assets, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a firstclass criminal staff for Allee's security and in addition discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers contributed to shaping public opinion in Allee's desire. In telling the tale of this long-ago crime and its tragic effects, de l. a. Garza sheds new mild at the interethnic struggles that outlined existence at the border a century in the past, at the mystique of the Texas Rangers (Allee used to be stated to be a Ranger), and at the criminal framework that when institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.
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A Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the Borderlands by Beatriz de la Garza