Pat/your thought...
Wed Aug 21, 2019 06:47

When Frank and Billy arrived in town and stopped at the Grand Hotel, both men tied their horses at the railing in front. They left immediately and headed down towards Spangenburg's gun shop looking for their brothers. It does not say if they were riding or leading the horses at that point. At the gun shop, they tied the horses to the railing, apparently, but Frank's horse was not secure and it attempted to follow him to the doorway.
This sounds like a green colt he was working with, not a seasoned animal. Usually the riders just gave one rein a flip or two over the railing and most cow horses were trained not to test it.
When going through Fremont street toward the lot after talking with the tall man and then running into John Behan, Frank apparently was walking and leading his horse.
When at the lot, Frank is described as standing next to Tom on the walkway at the front of the vacant lot. His horse is standing on the street side of the walkway. Frank would not put his horse on the walkway.
In this position, Behan, when trying to return alongside the Earp crowd, would have had no difficulty in seeing Tom as Tom was not shielded by the horse.
Recall that that scenario is only described by Virgil Earp who wishes to give the impression that Tom might be armed. Even Wyatt does not follow Virgil's description of the arrival of the Earp crowd regarding Tom's position.

Just a thought or two from my side.
Regards, Joyce

  • ThoughtPat Mulligan , Wed Aug 21 05:02
    When FM returned to the lot his horse would have been following him. When stopping next to TM this allowed Tom to be shielded by the horse. How did Behan see whether TM was armed if he was behind the ... more
    • Pat/your thought... — Joyce..., Wed Aug 21 06:47
      • Joyce ?Pat Mulligan, Thu Sep 5 05:01
        Where did Billy's horse go ? was it in the lot or stilled tied up at the hotel ?
        • Pat/Billy's horse...Joyce..., Wed Sep 11 15:30
          One of the witnesses described a horse taking off, I think out the back direction of the lot. I would have to look it up if need be. it had to be Billy's horse because Frank held on to his until he... more
      • JoycePat Mulligan , Thu Aug 22 04:41
        I was talking about Frank after he returned to the lot. lot. As to Behan observing Tom his statement was made in relation to actions in the lot ,not on Fremont. He may have been to pre occupied wit... more
        • Pat/Frank at the lot...Joyce..., Thu Aug 22 06:51
          Yes, I understood your position on Frank, I think, but I was just giving you the pattern of Frank's moves with the horse. It appears that Frank, Tom and Billy were not actually IN the lot so much as... more
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