Of Bandits, and Buried Treasure
Todo o Nada… All or Nothing … El Tejano, a true-life bandit who came and vanished in the late 1800s in Arizona, and the inspiration behind this author’s villain.
But, who was this bandit behind All or Nothing?
He wore a mask of burlap. A dyed red slash for a mouth. Eyeholes cut, revealing his cold, glittering gaze.
He knew when the payroll stages were coming, and from where.
His treasure, hidden in the mountains outside of Tucson, Arizona, was never found.
A few years ago – Arizona Highways magazine did a story on this bandit, and I was glued to every word. The romantic in me studied, turned ideas over, but I was far more intrigued by what we don’t know about this masked man. My story contains some truth, and much conjecture. The stuff of fiction, built on historic fact. This is where I love to live. The what if questions… what if El Tejano wasn’t a payroll clerk. What if he was someone far more evil, conniving, and driven?
A perfect plot began to form. The best part of it was, El Tejano was the mystery surrounding his last robbery. He vanished, never to be heard from again. His is one of those missing treasures that’s lost in the Arizona desert.
His story, not one you hear of every day. We know of the lost Dutchman, the Iron Door, and countless other tales of those who made their profit from others…
Who was El Tejano?
We might never know–but it left rich, creative ground for this author to develop a bandit worthy of being foiled by a handsome cavalry captain Bowen Shepherd, and his leading lady, Army laundress RuthAnne Newcomb.
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