79 Years Ago In TIME

Osama bin Laden is not the first villain to be the target of a U.S. military manhunt. In 1916 bandit turned war hero PANCHO VILLA made a deadly raid on Columbus, N.M., and a U.S. military force was sent to track him down, to no avail. Seven years later, Villa was killed by Mexican assassins outside his ranch. TIME noted the death in an issue with a cover story on actress Eleonora Duse.

Seven [Mexicans] take possession of a cross-roads hut in the outskirts of Parras. After three days of waiting they see an automobile coming down from the big ranch...

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