"It was Only His Slipshod Performance that Bothered Him": McDade 514 [Murder]. Jenkins, James Gilbert [1834-1864]. Wood, R.E. Reporter and Editor. Life and Confessions of James Gilbert Jenkins: The Murderer of Eighteen Men. Containing an Account of the Murder of Eight White Men and Ten Indians; Together with the Particulars of Highway Robberies, the Stealing of Several Horses, And Numerous Other Crimes as Narrated by Himself to Col. C.H. Allen, Sheriff of Napa County, While in Jail Under Sentence of Death for the Murder of Patrick O'Brien. Napa City, CA: C.H. Allen and R.E. Wood, 1864. 56 pp. Two woodcut illustrations, 1 full-page. Octavo (9" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in pictorial wrappers. Negligible rubbing to extremities, minor wear to head of spine, light toning to text. A well-preserved near fine copy. $500. * First edition. "O'Brien's wife wanted him out of the way, and Jenkins obliged, burying O'Brien in the woods. Like many before him, when discovered, he charged his plight to liquor. 'That whiskey that I drank,' he said, 'the morning before I shot O'Brien was what caused me to do it when I did, and in so careless a manner.' The deed caused him no regrets; it was only his slipshod performance that bothered him.": McDade, The Annals of Murder 514. Six-Guns, 2240. Howes W-635.
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