Augustine Chacon – Vicious Killer


Augustine Chacon

Augustine Chacon

A vicious killer who operated on both sides of the border, Augustine Chacon boasted that he killed some 15 Americans and 37 Mexicans, although that is unlikely. Captured, he was sentenced to hang at Solomonville, Arizona; however, just before his sentence was to be carried out, he managed to escape to Sonora, Mexico. Hot on his tail was Arizona Ranger Captain Burt Mossman.

Determined to track the elusive killer, who was becoming a local folk hero, Mossman enlisted the help of two ex-lawmen turned outlaws, Burt Alvord and Billy Stiles, to trap the elusive Chacon. Alvord, who was an ex-lawman turned outlaw, was also hiding in Mexico and Mossman knew that Alvord wanted to return to the states. Striking a deal with Alvord and Stiles, the Arizona Ranger offered to testify to their good behavior if the two would help him locate and capture Chacon. Before long, a meeting was set up with Chacon where Mossman posed as a cattle rustler and got the drop on the cagey outlaw. Bringing him back to the states, Chacon would not be able to escape this time and was hanged in Solomonville, Arizona in December 1902.


©Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated February 2022.

Also See:

Adventures of the Old West Legends

Outlaws on the Frontier

TimeLine of the American West

The Vice-Laden Wild West