That man was named Thomas Tate Tobin, a well-known tracker trapper and US army scout who had fought alongside Will Bill Hicker and Kit Carson in the wars against the native Americans.
Tappan summoned Tobin to the Fort where he had the opportunity to further question Philbrook and Dolores.
With all the info, he needed the scout reared to start the hunt immediately alone.
Only upon Tappan's insistence, did he accept an escort of 15 cavalrymen.
With his uncanny tracking skills, Tobin followed the trail of the Espinosa for three days and three nights.
Every broken stick, every bent blade of grass on the ground spoke to Tobin ,telling him where the bandits were headed.
On the morning of the fourth date, the scout saw magpies , flying in circles in the distance, an indication of human presence.
This was confirmed by a thin column of smoke lazily rising above the treetops.
Tobin ordered the soldiers to stay put, loaded his rifle dropped to his stomach and crawled toward the campsite.
Two men sat by the fire with a dead ox beside them, the tracker recognized them from the description.
He had heard at the Fort it was the Espinosa.
A snapping sound reverberated through the forest, maybe a breaking branch.
It was enough to start Filipe who reached for his rifle.
Tobin reacted on instinct barely taking aim. He released a slug hitting Filipe on the chest.
托宾没有瞄准。 他射出一颗子弹击中了菲利佩的胸部 。
The killer fell backward onto the campfire, calling for Julio to run away.
The young nephew sped through the woods, a swift shadow appearing and disappearing amongst the trees.
Now Tobin took time to perfectly adjust his aim.
He squeezed the trigger a second time and Julio's spine was shattered by hot lad.
But Filipe was still alive. He crawled across the forest floor and braced himself against a tree.
但是菲利佩还活着。 他爬过森林的地面，靠在一棵树上 。
He lifted his rifle and shot against Tobin but missed.
The union cavalrymen now intervened, releasing a devastating volley.
Filipe Espinosa, the axeman sent by the Virgin to slay the Anglos withered and jerked against the tree bark, as bullet after bullet, drained every drop of life from his body.
But when he fell to the ground. Apparently, he still had one ounce of life left inside him.
但当他摔倒在地上时。 显然，他的生命还没有耗尽 。
Tobin walked slowly to him and lifted him by the hair. As he pulled out his bowie knife, Tobin asked him "do you know who i am?"
With his last breath, Filipe muttered "bruto" "a bruto" . Then the bruto's blade fell twice upon the neck of Espinosa.
菲利佩在还剩最后一口气时咕哝着“布鲁托”“布鲁托”。 然后这位鲁托的剑两次落在埃斯皮诺萨的脖子上 。
Days later,Tobin returned to Fort Garland as he strode into the office of colonel Tappan and he announced "got them". Tappan asked "got what?"
Tobin opened the flower sack, he'd been carrying and pulled out the heads of Filipe and Julio.
And thus ends the narrative of Filipe, Vivian and Julio, the bloodiest Espinosas who may have been the first documented serial killers in the history of the wild west.
Events grew to acquire legendary status perpetuated by one macabre relic.
Filipe's head preserved in a jar of alcohol was exhibited as a traveling act before ending up on the desk of a newspaper editor.
Then the head disappeared as the memory of the Espinosas faded from history.
According to author Adam Jones, a preserved head which may have been his was found in the early 2010s in the basement of Colorado's Capitol building.
It was incinerated before it could be analyzed.
To this day, many details concerning the Espinosa's killings and their eventual demise are still disputed, even the motivations behind their spree are not entirely clear.
Was Filipe driven to kill by delirious dreams and visions of the virgin mary? Or was the violence political in nature a revengeful rampage against the Anglo-oppressor?
Maybe he was just a vile psychopath who had strung along his younger brother and teenage nephew. Or was he an insurgent fighting with the wrong methods against depression?
Perhaps, Filipe's rage was fueled by all of these elements and the raid on his plaza was just the last straw that had tipped him over the edge into darkness.
So I hope you enjoyed today's episode just before you leave today.
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