I always believed that Wyatt's light bulb or realization that Behan had said those words came just after Behan tried to arrest him. Wyatt was supported by a citizen who said those men did right...etc, Wyatt said the same and than grasp on to the idea that he was fooled by Behan. You trick us Johnny, was just another theory to justify their actions. Wyatt came to hold onto that and made it sound as gospel truth.
When we hear independent testimony we hear that the Earp party kept walking without listening or hesitating to hear Behan's pleas. They blew by Behan without any regard to what he was saying.... They were surely focused on the group in front of them.
KtK Who am I to disagree with them? We can only speculate about Morgan's attitude as he is not on record. Your specualtion sounds pretty good to me. Doc has his shot gun up and ready. He knows to not ... more
As I recall Wyatt was just reading.... reading the words compliled by the high-priced lawyer. This is what we do when paying out the nose to high-priced attorney. We submit to their professional... more
KtK On page 152 of Turner Johnny Behan confirms what Wyatt and Virgil said to him at the time. When all three, Behan, Virgil and Wyatt, agree at the time that something was said, most observers would ... more
Wyatt's light bulb went on... bfrey,Tue Apr 17 05:44
bfrey Do you think Behan is the more trustworthy man or Virgil and Wyatt. That call might say a lot? The Earps walked by Behan but there was dialog between them as reported by all three. They were... more
Tom Behan was more trustworthy than Wyatt or Virgil. And he was not on trial here. And I would like a legal opinion on to what extent the lack of action by the Grand Jury, and those other courts... more
Williams was on the grand jury (December term, 1881) that would not indict the Earps. That grand jury had several people we can identify as Earp supporters, for instance (besides Williams): Sylvester ... more
Peter Behan's quality as a witness was on trial as was the quality of every other witness. I don't think Behan's life record was as good as you seem to think. Here is an obvious example. When the... more