The Frontier Partisans Podcast

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

Graphics by Lynn Woodward, Woodward Creative

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