Artist's rendering of Tiburcio Vasquez, born Apri 10, 1835* in Monterey, Calif.; died
in San Jose on March 19, 1875, at 1:35 p.m., when a noose tightened around his neck.
In between was a 23-year reign of terror as a bandit far outlasting the 3½-year
career of the more famous outlaw Joaquin Murrietta.
Sometime in 1871 the "Scourge of California," as Vasquez was known, used a large rock
formation in Agua Dulce as a hideout. Today known as Vasquez Rocks, the area is a
Los Angeles County park.
* Not August 11. See Boessenecker 2010:13. He was born April 10 and celebrated his birthday on his
Catholic saint's day, August 11.