A new series, “Gunslingers,” premiered recently on the American Heroes Channel. The six-part series features the stories of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin and Tom Horn. The series includes both striking reenactments and as well as expert commentary to ensure authenticity and historical accuracy.
University of New Mexico Distinguished Professor of History Paul Hutton, whose expertise includes Western history, is both commentator and film consultant on the program's final installment, "Tom Horn: Grim Reaper of the Rockies," set to air on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. MDT.
When the cattle barons of the Rockies wanted to eliminate homesteaders encroaching on their grazing land, Tom Horn was their deadly solution. Trained as a scout and sharpshooter during the bloody Apache Wars with Geronimo in the 1880s, Horn was as skilled a man hunter as they came. But he was also a heartless killer who took a psychopathic pleasure in watching men die. He would leave one warning, and if it not heeded, he would shoot to kill, never leaving a trace. Horn was the most effective assassin in the business until ultimately, his twin weaknesses - pride and alcohol, put him in the crosshairs of the law.
Hutton has an impressive resume in television and movies. Among his many appearances in several episodes of “Investigating History,” a History Channel production, on the topics of the Mountain Massacre, Crazy Horse, Butch Cassidy, Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid. For “Unsolved History,” produced by the Discovery Channel, Hutton provided expertise for episodes on the Shoot-Out at the O.K. Corral, The Alamo and Custer’s Last Stand.
Hutton has been featured in Many History Channel productions, such as “In Search of History,” “Time Machine,” “Frontier: The Decisive Battles,” and “U.S. Marshals.”
He was an on-air speaker on C-SPAN Book TV for “Davy Crockett in American Legend,” and “Theodore Roosevelt and His Rough Riders.”
The “George Armstrong Custer: America’s Golden Cavalier” episode of “Biography,” for A&E, for which he was program consultant and on-air commentator, won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best documentary.
Hutton has taught in the UNM Department of History since 1984. He has served as executive director of the Western History Association, editor of the “New Mexico Historical Review” and associate editor of “Western Historical Quarterly.”
Among his books is “Soldiers West: Biographies from the Military Frontier,” “Phil Sheridan and His Army,” “The Custer Reader” and “Sunrise in His Pocket: The Life, Legend, and Legacy of Davy Crockett.”