Eduardo Ray Gonzales

Born in Mexico in 1867, Eduardo Gonzales was living near Caddo, Indian Territory.

On May 10, 1893, John Daniels was teaching singing at church when Gonzales, who knew Daniels from church, shot and killed him. Gonzales was arrested a few hours later.

Investigation revealed that Gonzales, whose face had been disfigured, resented Daniels for having barred him from singing because his appearance offended the women in the class.

Gonzales was convicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Paris, Texas, on November 28, 1893, and sentenced to death.

With James Upkins and Mannon Davis, Eduardo Gonzales was publicly hanged in Paris, Texas, on March 30, 1894.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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