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Pat Mulligan
Behan testimony / Joyce
Sun Aug 26, 2018 04:43

Since Behan,the Prosecutors nor Defense raised any objections to the diagram they must have believed it was accurate. So I will stay with what was presented, with one exception. I think Virgil entered the lot followed by Wyatt with Morgan and Doc being positioned correctly. Small difference but important .

My question as to where Behan was when the first shot was fired has to do with his point of view. If he was on Fremont he could not have pulled Claiborne into the gallery at first fire.
If he went threw the boarding house and viewed the first shot from the corner of the gallery his testimony makes more sense. From there he could see all the participants, the first shots and pull Claiborne into the gallery without losing sight of the gunfight.

That being said Behan testified that the first shot fired came from the Earp party, second man from his (Behan) right who was holding a nickle revolver. That would be Virgil if diagram is correct or Wyatt if my guess is correct. If it was Wyatt then both his and Behan's testimony line up as to who fired the first shot.

Now the big question remains why was the shot fired ? In response to movement made by Frank or premeditated?
I believe it was by the movement of Frank or Billy for their weapons. I know you disagree but that is the way I see it

  • Pat/Behan's testimony...Joyce..., Sat Aug 25 07:31
    Pat, Behan was pretty clear, I think, though a lot tend to ignore him because he is Behan. That is unfortunate. Johnny said that when he approached the posse, they ignored him and brushed past him.... more
    • Behan testimony / Joyce — Pat Mulligan, Sun Aug 26 04:43
      • Pat/further examination...Joyce..., Sun Aug 26 17:40
        Pat, Disagreement is what keeps this board going. If we all agreed, what would be left to examine? However, opposing viewpoints should never bring about animosity, I am sure you agree, and sometimes... more
        • Behan testimony / JoycePat Mulligan, Mon Aug 27 05:01
          Joyce The right would have to reference from Behan's point of view.So since we both agree that it was the second from right, that would would eliminate Holliday as firing the first shot, since he was ... more
          • Way out observation.Bob Paul, Mon Aug 27 09:41
            Nice exchange, folks. Just a waaaay out observation/perspective on "diagrams" and "weaponry". How does all this fit with the diagram by Wyatt/Flood exposed at the 2004 Gilchriese collection auction... more
            • Bob/good point...Jouce..., Mon Aug 27 10:11
              That is why I pay little attention to the diagrams. They all seem to be flawed to some degree. I would rather go inch by inch over the testimony of people who were there at the time. Sometime a... more
          • Behan TestimonySteve Gatto, Mon Aug 27 09:41
            Pat, There are at least two reasons why John Behan’s testimony does not support Wyatt’s statement of how the gunfight started. First, Behan testified that the Earp party fired the first two shots of... more
            • Re Steve Gatto Pat Mulligan, Wed Aug 29 05:27
              t being said Behan point of view would have been from his right. Since he was fixed on the NP pistol, if the second shot was fired from Billy C. he may have missed only seeing the second shot from... more
              • Pat/Holliday's position?...Joyce..., Wed Aug 29 06:49
                Why would you think Doc Holliday was always on the end? He never stopped moving. His first move,described by witnesses, was to approach Frank, right away. He jabbed Frank in the belly with his pistol ... more
                • Joyce/Steve Pat Mulligan, Thu Aug 30 05:59
                  My copy of the turner Inquest does not have numbers assigned only initials. Since neither side objected to the diagram I would believe they both accepted it as correct.So did Behan as he did not... more
                  • Re: Joyce/Steve Steve Gatto, Fri Aug 31 07:03
                    Pat, You must be looking at the 1992 edition of Turner's book rather that the 1981 first edition. The diagrams on pages 100 and 101 of the book you are looking at are inaccurate and reflect Turner's... more
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