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Lorenzo Butler Hickok
Sun Jul 29, 2018 20:00

Of course McCall's trial at Deadwood was rigged by the underworld clique, as attested to by Seth Bullock and a half dozen other sources. Jack was acquitted very quickly the day after killing Hickok, and given a good horse with which to escape down into Wyoming. At Laramie City he was re-arrested by Dep. U.S. Marshal Balcombe. Ultimately Jack was hauled hundreds of miles over to Yankton where he stood a legitimate trial, and then sentenced to death.

Lorenzo, the brother of "Wild Bill" went to Yankton from his home at Troy Grove, Illinois. Staying for the whole trial in November 1876, he wanted to find out the bottom line, so to speak. Allowed to speak with Jack McCall behind bars he questioned him but got little feedback. Even before the trial McCall had implicated Johnny Varnes. To Lorenzo he only intimated that he had been bribed to do the deed, but refused to give further details. This disgusted and angered Lorenzo, according to what his niece told author Joe Rosa in the 20th century.

  • I had never David, Sun Jul 29 14:41
    heard this before. Thanks Kenny. David
    • Lorenzo Butler Hickok — K.t.K., Sun Jul 29 20:00
      • Thank you, Kenny (nm)James Wright, Mon Jul 30 16:32
      • Great update;David, Mon Jul 30 13:21
        thanks Kenny. David PS - when is your book on Wild Bill coming out?
        • Hickok has been written over and over.K.t.K., Mon Jul 30 17:32
          My book on Johnny Varnes (47 pages) was completed about four years ago after I acquired his burial records. It also has a lot about his brothers in it.
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