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Murphy did kill Soapy
Mon Nov 7, 2011 7:46pm
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Yes, Cathy it is pretty clearly disclosed in my book that Jesse Murphy was the man who actually killed Soapy Smith. The additional diary entry from Sinclair is just one more person in Skagway at the time Soapy was killed that did not let the vigilante's run his life, at least not privately.

I don't think Sinclair changed his mind after the inquest, although he was gullible enough to accept an ancient relic of a pistol as being Soapy's personal derringer, so it is possible that he too fell for the "official inquest" under complete direction of the vigilantes.

Cathy, too many people saw Murphy obtain Soapy's rifle and shoot Soapy with it. Even Murphy stated what he had done and demanded the credit. Let's pretend for a moment that Murphy shot, but did not kill Soapy and that the town, as you say, believed that Reid had killed Soapy. Why hide the whole incident where Murphy shoots Soapy?

Jeff Smith

  • Jesse Murphy and Rev. SinclairCathy Spude, Mon Nov 7 3:20pm
    Jeff: Reverend Sinclair wrote in his diary entry of July 8, 1898 that Jesse Murphy shot Soapy Smith. I've transcribed the entire entry on my new webpage devoted to some of Sinclair's papers at:... more
    • Murphy did kill Soapy — Jeff Smith, Mon Nov 7 7:46pm
      • Murphy or Reid?Cathy Spude, Tue Nov 8 9:03am
        Jeff: I admit to going back and forth, sometimes daily, on this issue. Murphy or Reid? That's why I think it may be an eternal debate and its best just to lay out the evidence as best we can from... more
        • the ongoing "debate."Jeff Smith, Thu Nov 10 1:32pm
          Cathy, you wrote, "I admit to going back and forth, sometimes daily, on this issue. Murphy or Reid? That's why I think it may be an eternal debate and its best just to lay out the evidence as best we ... more
          • DebateCathy Spude, Thu Nov 10 6:49pm
            LOL! I'm saying you and I are laying out the evidence decades later. As far as the folks back in 1898, they believe they looked at the evidence on July 9, and decided that Frank Reid killed Soapy.... more
            • ConfusionJeff Smith, Thu Nov 10 7:38pm
              Cathy, your message would have been crystal clear had you left out the word "from." You wrote, "As far as the folks back in 1898, they believe they looked at the evidence on July 9, and decided that... more
              • "Truth"Cathy Spude, Fri Nov 11 10:02am
                The truth... "I'd rather be found wrong and learn the truth than think I'm right and never know." óJeff Smith I guess I truly am dense and only now just beginning to "get" it. The only version of the ... more
                • Cathy, you quoted me. "I'd rather be found wrong and learn the truth than think I'm right and never know." óJeff Smith and then write, "The only version of the truth that any Jeff Smith will accept... more
                  • Nature of TruthCathy Spude, Sat Nov 12 9:16am
                    LOL! And here I thought that was exactly what I was doing! Stating both sides of the story, my opinion and letting people make up their own minds! When I do it, you accuse me "hav[ing] a tendency to... more
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