The Frontier Partisans Podcast
Episode 37 — Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles, Part VI — Tiburcio Vasquez: A Corrido of Dust and Dreams

Episode 37 — Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles, Part VI — Tiburcio Vasquez: A Corrido of Dust and Dreams

November 8, 2022

Tiburcio Vasquez was a rock star. He had everything that a bandit needs to become a folk hero. He was handsome and charismatic, a swashbuckler who carried an air of daring and danger — but he could plausibly claim that he’d never taken a life. He could — and did — claim to be a rebel fighting for the oppressed. The image doesn’t hold up to much scrutiny, but since when has that mattered? People wanted to believe it. Still do, in fact.

The main source for this podcast episode is John Boessenecker’s magnificent biography “Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez.” Highest possible recommendation.

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Music: Blue Frontier by Jim Cornelius

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Episode 36 — Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles, Part V — The Killing of Sheriff James Barton

Episode 36 — Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles, Part V — The Killing of Sheriff James Barton

October 21, 2022

The ambush slaying of Sheriff James R. Barton and three of his deputies in January of 1857 was the worst act of violence against law enforcement in Los Angeles history until the Newhall Incident of 1970, when four highway patrolmen were gunned down during a traffic stop north of the city. The Barton killing led to a massive manhunt and an orgy of savage vigilante violence. Here’s how it went down...

 

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Music: Blue Frontier by Jim Cornelius

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Episode 35 — Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles, Part IV — A Tangled Web of Villainy

Episode 35 — Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles, Part IV — A Tangled Web of Villainy

September 6, 2022

The story of the murder of cowboy and ranchero John Rains has all of the classic elements of LA Noir crime fiction — greed, dysfunctional families, foul murder and wild gunplay. Only this tale took place in the 1860s, when Los Angeles was a wild frontier town.

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Music: Blue Frontier by Jim Cornelius

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Episode 34 — Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles, Part III — Horse Stealin’

Episode 34 — Once Upon A Time in Los Angeles, Part III — Horse Stealin’

August 9, 2022

The Spanish ranchos of Southern California bred some of the finest horses to be found in North America. this made them a target for freebooting Mountain Men and Indians, who raided the ranchos and drove off thousands of horses across the Mojave Desert to sell into the ravenous markets of the Southwest and Southern Rockies.

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Episode 33 — Once Upon A Time In Los Angeles — Part II — The Lynching of David Brown

Episode 33 — Once Upon A Time In Los Angeles — Part II — The Lynching of David Brown

July 14, 2022

If anyone ever deserved hanging, it was David Brown. A scalphunter with the notorious Glanton Gang, David Brown survived the gang’s demise and continued his career of violent mayhem in 1850s Los Angeles. One murder too many put him at the end of a hangman’s rope.

Here’s a link to a fine musical telling of Davy Brown’s story...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fOZ0GCb9b0

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Episode 32 — Once Upon A Time In Los Angles — Part I/Introduction

Episode 32 — Once Upon A Time In Los Angles — Part I/Introduction

June 22, 2022

Los Angeles is steeped in real-deal frontier history — it’s just buried under acres of cement in what L.A. writer D.J. Waldie called “the landscape of amnesia.” So join me and let’s rip up some cement and rattle the bones of the Frontier Partisan history that lies beneath it. 

 

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Episode 31 — The Filibusters, Part III — The Jameson Raid

Episode 31 — The Filibusters, Part III — The Jameson Raid

June 11, 2022

The Jameson Raid, which took place at the turn of the year 1895/96, in the Transvaal in Southern Africa, was one of the most spectacular military cock-ups of all time. The Raiders, who had the backing of the imperialist diamonds-and-gold magnate Cecil Rhodes, and the tacit support of British Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain, was supposed to be in support of a rising of aggrieved Uitlanders in the gold boomtown of Johannesburg, who were expected to fight for their civil rights. But the Rising fizzled, leaving the Raiders on their own hook. Boer Commandos surrounded and shot up Jameson’s column and forced them into a humiliating surrender.

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Episode 30 — The Filibusters, Part II — A Dreamer of the Day

Episode 30 — The Filibusters, Part II — A Dreamer of the Day

April 21, 2022

William Walker dreamed imperial dreams, and thousands would die amid the destruction his visions wrought in Mexico and Nicaragua. Including him. Ultimately, his dream would end at the rifle muzzles of a Honduran firing squad.

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Episode 29 — The Filibusters I — Spawned By The Frontier

Episode 29 — The Filibusters I — Spawned By The Frontier

April 15, 2022

Filibuster is a corruption of a Dutch word meaning “freebooter.” As in buccaneer. As in semi-piratical adventurer.

Filibustering is a privately raised and funded military expedition into a country with which America was at peace, for the purpose of fomenting revolution and/or secession. The filibusters would then either run the country as an American-loyal personal fiefdom or seek annexation to the U.S.

Historian Joseph Allen Stout says, “Filibustering was spawned by the frontier and nourished by the spirit of expansionist adventurism that permeated all facets of American society during the 1850s.”

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Episode 28 — Pontiac’s War V — Endgame

Episode 28 — Pontiac’s War V — Endgame

March 6, 2022

There’s no dramatic season finale to Pontiac’s War — and no clear winner, either. The British Empire was able to not only retain but fully secure its new holdings in the interior of North America — but they were forced to reassess their policies toward the native peoples and reverse or mitigate the high-handed policies that had provoked the insurgency in the first place. And the actions the British took to remove Pontiac’s War and to prevent insurgency from breaking out all over again would have massive unintended consequences. Revolutionary consequences.

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Music: Blue Frontier by Jim Cornelius

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