How we arrive at determining what statements can be attributed to Wyatt and how truthful they are. Would the writer put in that "Frank yelled out when first hit" or was that something Wyatt related.
The scenario that Wyatt states Tom was firing under the horse and and struck Morgan in the shoulder blade, doesn't seem like general knowledge by the writer?
The details and observations about Doc seem to be from a person that may have known Doc's behavior personally. That Doc was more upset over the treachery of Ike turning in their associates. That Ike's drunkness unraveled the whole deal and started the steps to the confrontation?
Finally, the telegram that Wyatt sent to verify the dead or alive for the reward. Would Wyatt have been able to get a message to Wells Fargo by some other means than going through Williams? Could he have gone to Benson or Tucson or anywhere else and received confirmation without involving a local person? Is this stupidity on Wyatt's part and not taking care of the little details? He had to know that Williams would have the information and use it whatever way he chose, especially if he was known to drink heavily? Curious.
In a Pella Advertiser, November 7, 1896, article it quotes Wyatt Earp on the gunfight and the deal leading up to the gunfight. Wyatt makes mention of the stage robbery that killed the driver and a... more
Hi Bruce Wyatt told lots of stories, didn't he? This version does not explain why Williams or Doc would be so concerned about "treachery" regarding murderers. It does not explain how Doc found out.... more
Wyatt goes through the shootout in greater detail than he was allowed to do in his written statement. I can't for the life of me understand how he says he saw Tom shoot under the horse and hit Morgan ... more
The Pella article owes a lot to the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER account of August 2, 1896. Some things are verbatim from the EXAMINER, but there are a few curious differences. Courtroom witnesses are... more
The ghost writer made up the quotes and comments based on preexisting accounts? Wyatt never participated or provided info for this account? I know papers take great liberties with the truth, was this ... more
I'm not suggesting that Wyatt was not interviewed or otherwise participated in the development of the articles. It is obvious that he did. What we don't know is how much editorial control he had over ... more
Wyatt pretty consistently said that Tom fired from behind the horse (over its back or under its neck), so we can pretty well conclude that Wyatt said that. You can see similar patterns in other... more
Thanks for the insight. I believe I have been looking at the information with a very suspicious eye and maybe over thinking some aspects. Some of the information seems straight forward and it just... more
Very interesting Chris, as I am trying to become more neutral in my approach without supporting evidence. That being said there are a number of things in this Tombstone story that really don't make... more
The underlying factors are less amenable to positive verification. That is the level at which the inquiry becomes abstract and most people are left behind. For example, look at the vast majority of... more
I think he was a big bag of air that had no intention of caring out his threats. He brought the others into it and I don't know if they realize how deadly of a situation Ike had put them in? The... more
If Ms Haroney's account of Ike hunting Doc at Fly's boarding house earlier that day is true, one wonders if he mentioned this minor detail to his companions when they apparently took shelter from the ... more
It seems Frank was taken back when told about Wyatt's assault on Tom. Sounds like the plan may have been to get out and regroup? How much did they know of Ike's threats that entire morning and what... more