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 plain is what it appears to be. Other information and facts don't add up at times but I see that we must support it with evidence and compare and match it to other sources. I realize that there are not easy answers with the information we have available.
Williams either had his eye out for all the activities within Tombstone, or was a very curious person. How he would decipher Wyatt making a deal with Ike over the telegram is odd. Both men were drinkers and I can see the conversation drifting that way with Williams getting the drift of something and telling Ike his secret was safe.
The deal was supposed to be secret, Earp and Clanton knew what was at stake if the cowboys were made aware that a set-up by Ike was in the making. On some level it was a life and death situation to keep the information secret. Wyatt easily had other options available to him to send a confirmation. Sending Morgan to Benson to send a telegram would be just as easy as sending him all the way to Tucson to get Doc to confirm he didn't know about any deal. For Wyatt to go to that length to quiet Ike is suspicious? So if Wyatt goes to that length, why wouldn't he send for the information without getting Williams involved. Was Ike fearful that Williams would talk or reveal his actions. Why not be equally upset that Williams knew details but be focused in on Doc knowing something? I guess if you had Hill and Mclaury involved things would be unraveling. Although, by there involvement if was in their best interest to keep it quiet also.
I can't imagine Wyatt talking openly to Ike for Williams to see? What we know is the talk was at night between the two as they walked the streets. Something was there to tip Williams and I think drinking may have been the common thread that unraveled the deal. It may have been as simple as that. Thanks again,
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
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.... 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
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