Sills reported overhearing the cowboys making threats. He indicated they were doing this on the open street. Whether you find him believable is another matter but he is a source that multiple cowboys were making threats.
Coleman reported seeing armed cowboys at Behan's stable and as they crossed the street, telling the lawmen he believed they needed to be disarmed.
People in Behan's barber shop told him they thought a fight was imminent.
People in the Baur's butcher shop were anticipating a confrontation according to Mrs. King
Two different vigilante groups offered Virgil men to help in the expected confrontation.
Billy Clanton knows a confrontation is about to occur. See Cuddys testimony.
In my opinion all that means a lot of people know a confrontation is about to occur. Why do so many people think that? I can only think of a few reasons.
The cowboys are flagrantly and visibly breaking the gun law, Ordinance no. 9, designed specifically to avoid gunfights in the street by disarming people immediately upon entering and keeping them that way until they left.
Ike's threats earlier, widely known by then in a small town, have set a mood and an expectation when more cowboys arrive and Claiborne joins them
The loud public threats reported by Sills and partially confirmed by Coleman's concern about the cowboys have reached a wide audience in the small town. All this combined shows why so many expected a confrontation sooner or later as the cowboys loitered around refusing to disarm. I would guess many expected an arrest rather than a shoot out but the cowboys insisted on carrying guns, making a shoot out very possible.
Specifically as to Billy, it can't be known that he made threats specifically. He was part of a group that was widely viewed as about to be confronted by the town police over breaking the gun law and making threats. He may be a victim of poor luck and terrible timing and shouldn't be held at fault if he was about to leave town. However he had, along with Frank, been in the town way past long enough to disarm and had not. Had he left his gun at the Grand Hotel Bar as the law required, he would not be in this situation. Virgil was enforcing the law as was his duty and obligation and the cowboys had plenty of time to leave before Virgil arrived and the timing might have been just unfortunate for Billy. Maybe Billy should have left town instead of letting Behan delay him for up to twenty minutes until the expected confrontation with the law came about? Virgil cannot know thet Behan has given Billy permission to keep his gun as he is leaving town. Virgil probably should have talked at more length with Behan and stayed out of it until Behan was done.
The case for Frank making threats is the same as Billy, generalized, with the exception of Sills if you believe him, and unspecific to him. His refusal to give his gun to Behan and obey the law is very specific.
I think you are on safe ground in suggesting there is no specific individualized evidence of Frank or Billy making threats.
Everyone must decide for themselves if the overall context of events suggests threats were made or not.
Had both Billy and Frank simply obeyed the law and checked their guns at the Grand Hotel bar, they would have gone home alive.
bfrey I don't understand your question mark after "...Marks failed to identify sources?" Are you saying she did identify them because I don't see where? Once into a trial who would not try and win?... more
You are right. I assume the following, perhaps Tom Gaumer,Tue Apr 17 10:13
Sorry about the question mark after the quote. I guess I was asking why she wouldn't list a source regarding that comment. You explain it perfectly, who would not try and win. Everyone tries to win... more
bfrey In most books including the best on these subjects, like "Doc Holliday The Life and Legend" and "Wyatt Earp The Life Behand the Legend" the footnotes are so clear and easy to follow. A few... more