I think one could argue the point that Doc was involved in a criminal syndicate known as the "Dodge City gang". All bunko artists were not stage robbers, but had other outlying contributions to the activities.
Doc was an associate and friend of Jordan Webb, a known member of the Dodge gang. He operated a bar with him and also received significant help in judicial proceedings from the leader of this group, Hoodo Brown.
After Doc turned over his saloon, for financial concerns he stayed in Las Vegas and continued to gamble and associate with all these members.
Numerous robberies occurred during this time, not to mention several stage holdups, one in which Doc's partner, Webb was charged with. These stage robberies in my opinion are a blueprint of some of the same robberies that occurred around Tombstone. If given the chance someday, it would be interesting to compare there m.o. I know they took place just outside of the town and in one instance 3 men participated in one of the stage robberies. So you have Webb and Doc down and out in Las Vegas, part of a criminal syndicate, and Webb is arrested for stage robbery. I guess you could argue either way, just like Tombstone, that Doc was involved in it somehow or he kept himself clean? "Bunko Stuff" goes hand and hand in maintaining criminal activity and certainly could easily branch out to holdups. The holdups themselves would need others to plan and support the participants.
As to the Kate question which is very intriguing, a spouse apparently could not testify against their partner. Marieta Duarte,the wife of Pete Spence, had her testimony objected to based on that very legal principal.
One final note, Wyatt was hanging around Las Vegas with Doc on and off before finally heading out to Tombstone. He also kept himself above suspicion. Did Wyatt ever hold a law position in Las Vegas?
bfrey, Please explain what Las Vegas activities you are referring to. As for "bunko stuff", what does that have to do with stage robberies? Were all bunko artists also stage robbers? The question... more
Yes, it was a crime syndicate operating at Las Vegas but in actuality being a splinter group of the orginal "gang" at Dodge. Although there were many charter members from Dodge at Las vegas we don't... more
In doing some on-line research I came across this link by Kenny. On the bottom is list gang members such as Bill Tilghman, James and Bat Materson, and Neil Brown to name a few. I have done extensive... more
Gary makes a pretty good case that Doc was not considered a member of the Las Vegas version of the Dodge City Gang by the citizens who had run them out of town on threat of death. For Doc to have... more
Let's see: Doc is a verified member of the Dodge City Gang, before and after Las Vegas, but he is not a member of Las Vegas version of the Dodge City Gang. Hmmm. Let me run this by my 8-year-old... more
Bob, it is, and was common knowledge that one faction in the gamblers war in Tombstone (1880-81) was staffed with fighting men of Dodge City fame, a.k.a. “the Easterners.” Opposition gamblers were... more
K.t.K., Your response to my question was impressively presented, but I am still not clear on what exactly distinguished a "gang" from a "syndicate" in the late 1870s and early 1880s. Was the "Dodge... more
My trusty 1864 Websters wasn’t much help. “SYNDICATE: A council, or body of syndics; a branch of government.” (evidently a syndic referred to an agent or officer of corporation.) The modern day... more
Kenny, I still suspect the employment of the term : "criminal syndicate" may be somewhat misapplied because of it's current implication of a broad network spread out over some geographical distance.... more
There are many fascinating re-connections and cross-connections for Dodge City Gang alumni all over the map. For instance its never been published about why Doc Holliday in July 1882 stopped several... more
Kenny, I think you and I may have corresponded about this previously. For others, I did some research on Bat's time in BV and wrote two articles about him on Colorado Central Magazine, issues of... more
Bat and Luke Short had both been in Leadville. There's no coincidence they were with the horde of bunko men forced to leave Leadville in spring 1880 and who came to Buena Vista in order to set up... more
Hi, jeff. Yes, I have some names of the bunco crowd. I'll email you separately with the info, and send you some contemporary reporting on the BV troubles. I have a lot of research stored away and... more