Interesting historical take in that it is a recollection of a Tombstone citizen that characterized the opinions of the population back than. Many have characterized the old timers opinions as not valid but I think there impression of what was going on is valid.
They believed Doc was protected by the Earp's and somehow involved in the stage robbery. The historical evidence does not show this to be true, but the historical evidence does not vindicate Doc in any manner. In fact, the timeline and alibi do everything to show he was a participant in some manner that can't be proven.
The Earp's deal is not a simple case of offering Wells Fargo money for outlaws, it is not that simplistic. The money mentioned by Ike as being piped off, 1400 is not a random sum. A person lying about a crime does not come up with a figure out of the blue. The stage coach robbery is not as simple as portrayed as I believe Bob Paul riding that coach disrupted everything and was not counted on?
The Earp's may not have been directly involved but they knew the score in Tombstone, they knew what Marshal Williams was about, they knew that Doc hung with Bill Leonard, and they had an interest in protecting their personal investments whether legitimate or not. The gunfight starts from the aftermath of this robbery or at least puts this in motion. Let's peel the layers back and examine it further.
Hi Bob Did you just find these? I can't remember ever seeing them referenced in any book, and in view of the date, I agree it is very significant because, as you say, it probably is representative of ... more
The date of the interview with this unknown Tombstone resident was 1886. Ike was not killed by J. V. Brighton until 1887. Further, at the time Ike was killed, there were warrants issued for the... more
Interesting historical take.... bfrey,Thu Aug 2 19:03