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"American hero status?"
Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:26pm

Cathy, I thank you for thinking so highly of Soapy, but I have to ask, how do you figure Soapy was an American hero? I will certainly agree that Soapy was very well known, well before he reached Skagway. In fact, using all of the online digital newspaper collections I am able to show and conclude that while the two men were alive (1860-1898) Soapy was more well known across the U.S. than Wyatt Earp.

I see from the link that you finally concur with my findings that Jesse Murphy did in fact kill Soapy, glad to hear it. I look forward to reading your book but from the years of conversing with you I expect it will be your published attempt to show that Soapy was just a common criminal, which is a conclusion that just won't hold water.

Jeff Smith

  • New Soapy BookCathy Spude, Sun Jun 10 10:58am
    My book by the University of Oklahoma Press, THAT FIEND IN HELL: SOAPY SMITH IN LEGEND, will be released on October 3. I have reviewed the galley proofs and am very pleased with what they are doing.... more
    • "American hero status?" — Jeff Smith, Mon Jun 11 2:26pm
      • Answers to questions ... Cathy Spude, Tue Jun 12 7:42pm
        are in THAT FIEND IN HELL. Thanks for asking. And yes, I address Wyatt Earp in my book as well. Cathy
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