New Mexico

Almost 80% of voters in New Mexico chose to repeal Prohibition on September 19, 1933. That vote was ratified later that year on November 2nd. In addition to having a problem with tainted liquor, New Mexicans saw both crime and murder occur in their state as a result of Prohibition.

  • Just over a year before New Mexico voted to repeal Prohibition, police were hunting for someone who had sold tainted liquor and killed three men.

  • In 1923, a dead man from Mexico was found in a boxcar in Santa Fe. His death was believed to be the result of a rum feud.


POLICE HUNT VENDERS OF DEATH DRINK , Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Jun 27, 1932; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 1986) , pg. 3

RUM WAR SEEN IN MURDER , The Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Apr 10, 1923; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 19 86), pg. II5