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Casey Tefertiller
Interesting concept
Tue Aug 8, 2017 11:19
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John,

Interesting concept.

So, the theory is that Dodge was trying to cover up his entirely legal activities by telling a big whopper to Wyatt Earp, John Clum and Stuart Lake? That would not be good judgment. But then, such fakery would not be about judgment. A person of good judgment would know that telling a lie of this magnitude would tarnish their character enormously. Earp and Lake had connections to WF, and they could have popped his story like a pimple if they found out he was lying. It would be an idiotic risk.

We know that folks do such things — Brian Williams, Duke Tully, Richard Blumenthal. Dodge would have to fit into that type of offbeat character. Obviously, it is possible. But it seems pretty unlikely that he would come up with such a wild whopper after seeming so tight-lipped initially with Stuart Lake. I think the document Peter found is particularly important because it shows that he claimed he was working for WF at a time when there are no records of such, and it was 28 years before he revealed his position.

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    • Interesting concept — Casey Tefertiller, Tue Aug 8 11:19
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