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Robert Buckley
The other “Death Valley Scotty”
Fri Aug 31, 2018 09:46
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Robert Pitts a.k.a “ The original Death Valley Scotty” said when he gets out of jail in Montana (for writing bad checks) , he’s heading back to California. Pitts was serving 25 days for the offense.

I’m not sure when he started or finished the 25 day sentence. If he got out in time to make it to Los Angeles and be arrested with Earp , this may be the man we are looking for .

The other man arrested with Earp and Scott , Dunn / Harry Dean (see post below) was also from Montana.

https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025316/1911-07-21/ed-1/seq-8/#date1=1911&index=0&rows=20&words=Death+DEATH+SCOTTY+Scotty+VALLEY+Valley&searchType=basic&sequence=0&state=Montana&date2=1911&proxtext=Death+Valley+Scotty&y=7&x=25&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1

  • Death Valley ScottyCasey Tefertiller, Thu Aug 30 17:57
    First, thanks to Ken for bringing this up. This has been a vexing question for years. I believe Boyer was the first writer to claim Earp was arrested with Death Valley Scotty, and others obligingly... more
    • Re: Death Valley ScottyBob Cash, Sun Sep 2 12:16
      After reading your post and doing a little research of my own, you have convinced me that the Walter Scott arrested with Wyatt on the bunco charge is not Death Valley Scotty. The fact that Scotty was ... more
    • The other “Death Valley Scotty” — Robert Buckley, Fri Aug 31 09:46
      • The many Walter ScottsCasey Tefertiller, Fri Aug 31 16:25
        Robert, When I tried to research this years ago — long before the on-line newspapers services — I checked the Los Angeles City directory for 1911 to see if I could run down Walter Scott. If I recall... more
        • Thanks Ken & CaseyRobert Buckley, Fri Aug 31 18:06
          I ran across that article on Robert Pitts ( the Copycat Scotty) yesterday . I’ve read several articles on Death Valley Scotty before , but have never seen anything on Pitts before . I didn’t know if... more
          • The other ScottyCasey Tefertiller, Sat Sep 1 08:43
            Robert, I had never heard of him until I ran across several articles about him when I was searching for Death Valley Scotty. The story seemed odd, since his name was Robert Pitts and not Walter... more
        • Walter Scott . . .Lynn R. Bailey, Fri Aug 31 17:56
          Casey: Back in the early 1970s Anne and I set the type for a book by Hank Johnston entitled “Death Valley Scotty, The Fastest Con in the West.” Since it has gone through numerous printings it must be ... more
          • Re: Walter Scott . . .Casey Tefertiller, Sat Sep 1 08:44
            Hi Lynn, Hope you are doing well. No, I do not know of anything recent on Death Valley Scotty. He seems like one of those figures who has not retained his fame as the years passed. When I was a kid,... more
      • Dunn, Dean & DeaneK.t.K., Fri Aug 31 13:38
        Thanks Buckley for your post below. I actually saw three different spellings for this guy in various reports. Harry Dean may have come from Montana, but I have a sneaking suspicion he was the same... more
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