John Peters Ringo did not commit suicide. Having researched this case for many years and been the his gravesite many times, we are sure that it was in fact homicide. First of all let me address your comment about make shift foot apparel. This type of wrapping was what cowboys did back then. They wrapped their feet when sleeping outdoors to protect them from scorpions, black widows etc. This is the Arizona desert and there are many deadly creatures out here.
Secondly, his horse ran off after a gunshot (it spooked it as it would any horse) and his boots were found attached to the saddle with the horse a few days after his death.
The hammer resting on the empty shell was also a very common practice so that the firearm did not accidentally discharge. There was no fired bullet from his Colt .45 #222 with a 7.5 inch barrel. Which also by the way is not impossible to commit suicide, but highly uncomfortable and unlikely.
There was no powder burn on the right side of his head near the entry wound which would have been there using black powder that close.
John was found with his hat on. Really? It is very unlikely that a hat will remain on a head after a gunshot to the head whether suicide or murder. No brain matter was found in or around the hat either which means it was placed on his head after his death.
Since the entry wound was on his right side between his eye and ear, his head should have been tilted to his left, not his right. This is just physics. When you throw a ball does it come back at you or go in the direction of the flow?
These are just a few examples of why his death was homicide. Not to mention witness testimony. The coroner didn't want to do an investigation and autopsy simply because John's body had been sitting in the desert for at least 24 hours in the middle of July (very hot) and it was a 4 day ride by wagon back to Tombstone from Turkey Creek. The smell and decay would have been more than they wanted to deal with. This is why they buried him a few feet from where he was found.
John Ringo was not the man that movies and legends have made him.
No doubt johnny commited suicide. He was reported to be drinking heavily before he was found dead. My theory is that Johnny wandered off drunk and passed out somewhere in the desert where someone... more
Subject: letter from Robert M Boller Date: October 6, 2016 at 5:24 PM Fifty-two years after the death of Ringo, Robert Boller, a member of the coroner's jury, wrote the following letter: September... more
From: MJM email@example.com Subject: letter from Robert M Boller Date: October 6, 2016 at 5:24 PM To: Raylene Mallon firstname.lastname@example.org Fifty-two years after the death of Ringo, Robert Boller, ... more
Heavy drinking, depression and suicide often go together. See George Reeves, aka, Superman. Whether Johnny had powder burns or not is irrelevant. Some gunshot suicides don't have powder burns. By the ... more