Most of Kate's stories have been published in one form or another. Dr. Bork's version was published in ARIZONA AND THE WEST, Spring 1977. Some of her comments to Anton Mazzanovich may be found in the Archives of this web site. Her letter to her relative is found in Bob Bell's book on Holliday and in an early article on Kate by Glenn Boyer. Her comments to Joe Chisholm and a more extended account to Mazzanovich have not been published. Additional research on Kate is in progress which I believe is going to prove quite revealing.
Kate managed to leave her past behind her for many years, so that only a few people knew her connection to Tombstone and Doc Holliday. Anton Mazzanovich was one of them. He had talked with her before, but when Stuart Lake's biography of Wyatt Earp appeared,Mazzanovich gave her a copy. The book infuriated her. First and foremost, it portrayed her as "Big Nosed Kate," a whore and Doc Holliday's less than desirable paramour. She felt a real need to challenge that view of her and to "clear her name" so to speak. She also saw a chance to make some money. She accomplished neither. Her best shot was Chisholm (who was a successful author), but they became disenchanted with each other. She concluded that Chisholm was using her to make money for himself (which was the reason she began meeting with Bork). Bork was not successful in placing her story, but Chisholm became disenchanted with her and in later works was far less kind to her than he was in an earlier unpublished manuscript about Tombstone.
Do you know where is papers on Elder can be seen? Is it in a published book? Also it seems Elder wanted to provide information on Doc and the whole Tombstone ordeal but required cash for doing so. I... more