While researching historical newspapers for information on Panamint City, California, I stumbled upon a series of articles that detail the murder of a man named Perasich. Perasich, a business owner in Panamint Springs, California, was allegedly gunned down by Ashim in the nearby mining town of Darwin.
The articles lay out a dramatic series of events following the crime: doubt as to Ashim’s guilt, attempted revenge by Perasich’s brothers, and a trial corrupted by both money and influence of the local outlaw gangs.
These accounts provide a glimpse of the violent reality that many lived with in remote and lawless mining districts. The Panamint and Darwin Districts were known to be particularly violent. One article reveals that the area had over 75 unsolved murders in just the few years leading up to the trial.