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Is it not possible....
Mon Jul 24, 2017 07:11

...that Wyatt Earp was guilty of bad judgement? Ike's testimony is pretty straight forward and quite reasonable. According to him, it was actually Doc Holliday who approached him about the Benson stage debaucle and the men involved before anyone else brought it up.

Holliday was anxious about what he believed Ike knew and so pressed him on the matter. Holliday had to have had a loose tongue when he had a few drinks in him because how else would Kate know about his involvement with the stage attempt? There is no where else she could have got it from. What made her take the risk of actually formally charging him with murder??? Was she drunk as they claimed? Spicer defended her. Would he go in to court with a drunken client? Would any judge allow a drunken person to file a serious complaint in his court? Of course not!
It was easy enough for Virgil to arrest and ridicule her and ship her out of town, thus letting his version end up in the papers. Who would defend a 'fallen woman', not a respectable one? It was the Victorian age and women could not even vote yet. What chance did Kate have?

Just a few thoughts on a different angle from the tired old saw that she was drunk and laughable. Holliday had a running tongue and that's what was really causing Wyatt and his brothers some problems! They had to approach Ike because Holliday already had.


  • could be?bfrey, Sun Jul 23 11:56
    That could be, but the Earp's had other contacts and fish on the line, do they go to someone that could potentially cause them all sorts of headaches (which he did) or did they just look at Ike as a... more
    • I guess we will not know for sureTom Gaumer, Fri Sep 1 03:29
      bfrey I think garnering support for an attempt to be elected Sheriff sounds the best to me. I would guess the idea was to use Ike's info to best advantage, get him the blood money and then hold it... more
    • Is it not possible.... — Joyce, Mon Jul 24 07:11
      • Kate's circumstancebfrey, Mon Jul 24 07:30
        I always wondered how this event of her telling of Holliday's involvement... In Addie's account she was beaten by Behan in order to get a confession, I think that is far fetched, I'm guessing... more
        • Anonymous/Addie?Joyce, Sun Jul 30 08:27
          I think Bruce was referring to Allie Earp, Virgil's wife. However, it is not at all reasonable to think that Behan beat Kate to get information. Nothing in his whole history suggests he would be... more
        • Kate's dilemma...Joyce, Mon Jul 24 13:23
          Hi Bruce, Well, its certain Behan didn't beat her for a confession! If he had gone to that extreme he certainly wouldn't have let the whole thing go so easy. I doubt if Behan had anything to do with... more
          • Precicely Joyce.K.t.K., Mon Jul 24 15:12
            Getting rid of witnesses is a game old as the hills, and will never go away. k
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