There seem to be several differing accounts of Slaughter's recognizing Holliday and I have not heard anything anywhere about Ike Clanton following him to rob him. It sounds preposterous when you reason out Ike's position. He was not poverty stricken nor was he a petty thief. He shared a mercantile business and extended produce production with Ringo, he inherited a ranch (he and Billy) from his father, he also owned a ranch in the Sulphur Springs Valley, he is listed as obtaining a permit to transfer cattle bought in New Mexico into Arizona, as well as other cattle sales that were American beef. I hardly think the man needed to take a chance following John Slaughter at night to try to pick his pockets! Sheez!
Frank Vaughn was a man of considerable reputation and accomplishments and if the accounts he gave about the Benson stage attempt were recorded years later, that is not a reason to reject his statements. How much later on did Wyatt Earp share all his accomplishments and yet the adoration never stops. No one has ever put him in a position to prove it. He could say anything at any time!
WE can never prove without a doubt some of the things we have read and heard about. That is a given. But when men of some stature of character all relate corresponding accounts of a certain event, even if their personal opinion creeps in a little, there is pretty good reason to feel comfortable with it. Applying a little logic and reason helps to find some answers that make sense.
As for your last line, circumstantial evidence is often reliable enough to pursue a matter rather than say something stupid like "...not EVEN a suspicion!..." The DA needed to go back to school!
Joyce, you state: "...my concern was that the DA , Price, sloughed it off so casually. His references to witnesses that were not named bother me. Even though we now understand that testimony or reference... more
Bob, refer to my 'clear up my garble' postt... — Joyce A. Aros,Tue Aug 02 17:28
...Frank Vaughn is an interesting man, apparently. His record as an Arizona pioneer at a time when everyday life became an opportunity for greater things for almost everyone who wanted to progress is a... more
I find nothing in my research of Frank Vaughn to suggest he was anything but an upstanding citizen. However, as I pointed out in a previous post, many "eyewitnesses" of Tombstone events apparently related... more
Integrity is crucial in an investigation, as you say, but my concern from the beginning is why did the DA write it all off with a flip "...not even a suspicion..." It appears that even with substantial... more
"Integrity is crucial in an investigation, as you say, but my concern from the beginning is why did the DA write it all off with a flip '...not even a suspicion...' It appears that even with substantial... more
...disagree again! I hope I am not being terribly obstinate, but my sense of fair play does extend to the cowboys a little more than those sleazy Earps. You might find I have little respect for the... more
First of all, Joyce, I am 72, so I am not and hve not accused anybody of dementia. I am saying that 40 or 50 years after an event memories can get hazy and they can become ultra-sharp, even remembering... more
...you put up a good argument and I didn't mean to suggest you accused anyone of dementia; just that youngsters often view us as on the verge. I can't argue with you on this particular presentation; I... more