Daily Nugget, C.ORONER'S INQUEST, Oct. 30, 1881
Further Testimony Regarding The Late Tragedy.
court testimony with bias comments, questions and opinions (highlighted
to open peoples eyes to the other side of the story.
sworn and testifies.
I heard some stranger ask Ike Clanton what is the trouble; he said there would be no trouble; this shows Ike's demeanor wasn't trouble then Ike Clanton went over to Dolan's saloon; I then looked over and saw the Marshal standing at Hafford's doorway; Then saw the Sheriff going over to where the Marshal and Sheriff were talking; the Sheriff says, "What's the trouble," the Marshal says, "Those men have made their threats; I will not arrest them but will kill them on sight;" Virgil Earp said this; Marshal Virgil Earp's intent was to murder the cowboys. the Sheriff asked the Marshal in to take a drink; did not see them afterward as I crossed over the street to the other side; when I got over there I saw one of the Earp brothers, the youngest one, talking to Doc Holliday; looked across the street; saw the Marshal again; some one came up to him and called him aside; when this gentleman got through talking wit the Earps; saw three of the Earps and Holliday go down the street together; they kept on the left of the street on Fourth; I was on the right side; when I got to the corner of Fremont and Fourth I started to go across to the southwest corner of Fremont; when I got midway between in the street I saw the firing had commenced; I kept my eye on the Earps and Holliday until the shooting commenced; I saw Doc Holliday in the middle of the street; the youngest of the Earps brothers was about three feet from the sidewalk; he was firing at a man behind a horse; Doc Holliday also fired at the man behind the horse, and firing at a man who ran by him on the opposite side of the street; then I saw the man who had the horse let go, and was staggering all the time until he fell; he had his pistol still when he fell; I never saw the two elder Earps; I did not know where they were situated; I then went to the young man (Editor's note--Frank McLaury) lying on the sidewalk and offered to pick him up; he never spoke except the movement of the lips; I picked up a revolver lying five feet from him; then I saw Doc Holliday running towards where the young man was lying, still having a revolver in his hand, making the remark, 'the s--- of a b--- has shot me and I mean to kill him;' could not say who fired the first shots; I didn't see a shotgun go off; I didn't see a shotgun after I walked down the street; I didn't see any one with their hands up, I was too far away to see that."
"Am a cattle dealer; was present on the 26th of the month, and am a brother of William Clanton who was killed on that day, saw the whole transaction, the killing; well, the night before the killing went into the Occidental lunch saloon for a lunch; while in there Doc Holliday came in and raised a row with me; was abusing me; he had his hand on his pistol; called me a s--- of a b---; he told me to get my gun out; I told him I had no gun; I looked around and saw Morgan Earp behind him, they began to abuse me, when I turned and got out doors; Virgil Earp, Wyatt and Morgan were all up there, Morg Earp told me if I wanted to fight to turn myself loose; they all had their hands; I told them again that I was not armed; Doc Holliday said, 'You s--- of a b---, go and arm yourself; I did then go and arm myself; I went back, saw V. Earp and T. McLowry; Virg Earp was playing poker with his pistol in his lap; we were playing poker, we quit at daylight; I followed him and said, 'I was abused the night before, and was still in town,' he said he was going to bed; the reason I followed him up was I saw him take his pistol out of his lap and stick it in his pants; I came back and passed in my chips; staid around until about 8 or 9 o'clock;
The first part of Ike's sworn testimony (above) says it all. First, why didn't the Earps arrest Doc Holliday for carrying a firearm in city limits and/or disturbing the peace? Lawmen Morgan Earp taughts Ike into a fight. Doc Holliday follows Morgan's taughts by threatening him. After these threats, Ike says he armed himself the next morning. I see this as self defense
I staid to meet Doc Holliday; the next thing they, Virg and Morg Earp, slipped up and disarmed me; shortly after I met my brother; he asked me to go out of town; just then I met the man that had our team; I told him to harness up; Ike and the others were ready to leave town. then I went to get something left by my brother. We then went to where our team was; met the sheriff there; he told us that he would have to arrest us and take our arms off. I told him that we were just going to leave town; that I had no arms on me; he then told Billy, my brother, to take his arms up to his office, Billy told him he was just leaving the town; It's legal to be armed when your leaving town. the sheriff then told Frank and Tom McLowry to take their arms off. Tom McLowry then opened his coat and said, 'Johnny, I have nothing.' Tom was unarmed. Frank said that he was leaving town, and that he would disarm if the Earps would; that he had business that he would like to do before he left town. Frank confirms he's leaving town and his concerns for the Earps threats. Just at that time Doc Holliday and the Earps appeared on the sidewalk; the sheriff stepped out to meet them; he told them that he had this party in charge; they walked right by him. I stepped out and met Wyatt Earp; After the Sheriff couldn't stop the Earps, I believe Ike tried to stop any trouble from happening. he (Wyatt) stuck his - six shooter at me and said, 'Throw up your hands!' The marshal also told the other boys to throw up their hands; Frank McLowry and Billy Clanton threw up; Frank & Billy raise their hands. Tom McLowry threw open his coat and said he had nothing; Tom shows he's unarmed. they (Earps) said you's s--- of b---s came here to make a fight; at the same instant Doc Holliday and Morgan Earp shot; Doc Holliday and Morgan Earp begin shooting. Morgan shot Billy Clanton, and I don't know which of the boys he shot; I saw Virg shooting at the same time; I grabbed Wyatt Earp and pushed him around the corner and then ran throught the photograph gallery; Un-armed Ike tried to stop the confrontation until the shooting started. at the same time I saw Billy Clanton fall; when I got away. Without a gun to defend himself, Ike was smart to run.
All of us threw up our hands. Except
Tom McLowry, who threw open his coat saying that he had nothing. There
was some trouble between myself and the Earps prior to this; Ike
is speaking of the Earps threats the night before. there
was nothing between the other boys and the Earps; Doc Holliday said I had
used his name; I said I hadn't; Ike knew that
Doc Holliday was the trigger man that killed Bid Philpot and Peter Roerig
in the attempted stage coach hold up March 15, 1881. Holliday was afraid
Ike was blowing the whistle on him. I never had trouble
with the Earps; they don't like me; we once had a transaction, myself and
the Earps; I know of no threats made by the Clantons and McLowrys that
day; I made no threats, only as I formerly said; they,the Earps, met Billy
Clanton 15 minutes before they killed him and shook hands with him and
said they were glad to meet him; Billy Clanton and McLowry were only a
half an hour in town; I might have made threats as said, as I felt that
way; I made no worse threats at them than they did with me; lke's
comments above were in self defense in my opinion. The Earps and Holliday
were threatening his life. I didn't expect Wyatt, I expected
Morgan and Doc Holliday to attack me.
Our crowd did not expect an attack until some one told us; at the time they made the attack I had no arms; the Earp brothers had my arms [Editor's note: The arms had been left earlier that day at the Fountain Saloon, in the Grand Hotel, by Virgil Earp.]; Virg Earp had them; it was a six shooter; It was two days prior since I saw Billy or Frank McLowry until that morning; had never had a word of conversation with either of them in my life; I don't know whether the party had a shotgun; Virgil Earp was about six feet from me; they were three or four feet distant when, they fired; The Earps and Holliday began shooting at point blank range.
I did not see my brother or either
of the McLowrys fire a shot. There were four or five shots fired before
I left the ground; Ike was running for his life
by the time Frank and Billy tried to defend themselves with return fire.
the time the Sheriff was talking to us; Billy Clanton and Billy Claiborne
were standing together; the McLowrys and myself were standing five or six
feet to the left; the Clantons came up from Antelope Springs for a load
of freight, that is, the McLowrys; I don't know how near Claiborne was
to me at the time of the shooting; I don't know whether Morgan Earp or
Doc Holliday fired first; It was a nickel-plated pistol by one of them;
their weapons were down when they came up; the Sheriff, after he had ordered
us to give up our arms I did not think we were under arrest; he said it
was all right if we left town;Something never
mentioned, Sheriff Behan tells Ike and the group it's ok for them to be
armed because they're leaving town. Again the statement above shows that
Ike had no intention of trouble, nor did he expect anybody to be arrested.
had a conversation with Frank McLowry; I know where the Sheriff's office
is, we could not have gone up to the Sheriff's office after he left us
before the Earps came up; the Sheriff told us to stay where we were until
he came back; I would not have staid there had I not orders from the Sheriff;
The cowboys thought the sheriff had everything under control. after
I saw the Earps armed; the Sheriff was with us about four, five or six
King, sworn: (Not a bias witness)
Reside at Tombstone; occupation house keeping; I was coming from my home to the meat market, Mr. Beuer's to get some meat for dinner; I saw quite a group of men standing on the sidewalk with two horses, near the market; I passed into the shop; the parties inside seemed quite excited; did not seem to wait on me; I inquired what was the matter, and they said there was going to be a fuss between the Earp boys and cowboys; then I stepped to the door; I heard some talking then; but did not understand at first what was said, then three parties seemed to separate, and the man with the horse seemed to be leading, as the man that was talking with them turned from them; one of them said, "If you wish to find us, you will find us down here;" This is one of the cowboy's tell Sheriff Behan that they'll stay put until he handles the situation with the Earps. then the man (Behan) went up town toward the post office; he was, I think, a tall man; then I stepped into the market; the butcher was in the act of cutting the meat, when some one said, "There they come;" then I stepped to the door and looked up the sidewalk, when I saw four men coming down the street; I saw and know one of the party; it was Doc Holliday; there were three others of the party which were pointed out to me as the Earp brothers; Mr. Holliday was next to the building on the inside; he had a gun under his coat; I stood in the door till these men passed; till they got to the second door; what frightened me and made me run back? I heard the man on the outside kind of stop or looked at Holliday. And said, "Let them have it." Holliday said "all right." This clearly shows the intentions of the Earps and Doc Holliday were NOT to disarm the cowboys as they claimed. They went down there to blow away the cowboys, murder them in cold blood! Then I thought there would be shooting; from what these parties said, and ran for the back of the shop, but before I reached the middle of the shop I heard shots, and don't know what happened afterwards.
R.J. Coleman, being sworn, testified:
"I saw the arrest of Ike Clanton the morning before the shooting took place; Marshal Earp went up behind him and grabbed his gun, then there was a scuffle and Clanton fell; didn't see Earp hit him, but saw Earp have a six shooter, but don't know whether he had taken it from Clanton or not; Clanton was taken to the police station. And after the trial was over Marshal Earp offered him his rifle, but Clanton would not take it, Marshal Earp taunting Ike into a gunfight, some lawmen! they had some words, during which I heard Clanton say, "All I want if four feet of ground;" Ike is clearly upset, he knows the the Earps are not the peace keepers they portray, their the problem. soon after I was standing in front of the O.K. Corral and saw the two Clantons and McLowrys standing and talking in a stall in Dunbar's corral; in a few minutes they came out and crossed the street into the O.K. Corral; Billy Clanton was riding his horse and Frank McLowry was leading his; as they passed, Billy Clanton said to me, 'Where is the West End corral.' I told him where it was and they passed on into the corral and I went on up Allen street; when opposite the Headquarters saloon I met Sheriff Behan; told him he should go and disarm the men, that I thought they meant mischief; I soon after met Marshal Earp and told him the same thing, R.F. Coleman himself tries to stir up a confrontation. I then walked down Allen street again and passed through the O.K. Corral; where I saw the Clantons and the McLowrys talking with Sheriff Behan, and heard one of them say, 'You need not be afraid of us Johnny, we will not make any trouble.' Shows the cowboys were NOT looking for trouble. Billy Clanton had his horse with him; I then turned and went up Fremont street; when I got as far as Bauer's butcher shop, I met Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil Earp and Doc Holliday walking down the center of the street; Sheriff Behan walked up to them and said, 'I don't want you to go any further.; I don't think they made any reply, but passed on down the street until they came opposite the Clanton party. The Earp party addressed them; I heard s--- of b---'s but don't know which party spoke. Some one in the Earp party then said;
"throw up your hands" or 'Give up your arms,'
I thought I was too close, and as I turned around I heard two shots, then the firing became general. After a few shots, Ike Clanton ran up the street and through Fly's gallery; think there were two shots fired; fired at him; after the first two Tom McLowry ran down Fremont street and fell; Billy Clanton stood in the same position as when I first saw him; saw him fire two or three shots in a crouched position; one of them hit Morgan Earp, who stumbled or fell, he jumped up again and commenced shooting; about that time, Frank McLowry came out in the street toward Holliday, some words passed between them; Frank said, "I've got you now," firing a shot at the same time, which struck Holliday on the hip or his scabbard; I hollered to Holliday, saying, "You've got it now;" he answered, "Yes, I'm shot right through." Frank then passed across the street and fell; I think Billy Clanton must have been struck, but was down in a crouching position, and using the pistol across his knee and fired two shots, one of which hit Marshal Earp; Wyatt and Morgan were still firing at him, when he raised himself up and then fell, still holding his pistol in his hand; after the shooting saw Sheriff Behan and Wyatt Earp talking; Behan said, "I ought to arrest you." He should have! Wyatt said, "I won't be arrested; you deceived me Johnny when you said they were not armed," Ok, here we go... if the cowboys were unarmed as Sheriff Behan claimed (but knew wasn't true) then the Earps had no reason to continue down there. I think this is what the Sheriff was hoping for, he wanted to handle the situation himself. Did one cop lying to another cop cost three cowboys their lives? and repeated again, "I won't be arrested, but am here to answer for what I have done; I am not going to leave town." Couldn't tell where I was whether they threw up their hands or not, except Billy Clanton, he had his hand on his pistol, which was in the scabbard, his right hand on his left hip; this was after the first two shots; can't swear how many of the Clantons were armed; Don't think Ike was; can't say that I saw a shotgun; don't think Billy Clanton was shot until after the first two shots; don't think he was hit until after he shot; did not see Tom McLowry have a pistol; my impression is that he started to run to get away from the shooting; Your darn rights he was running for his life, Tom McLaury was unarmed and ran for his life when he was gunned down. I didn't see Behan or hear him say anything. At the conclusion of the evidence given by the witness, the jury decided that no further testimony was necessary, and a few minutes after retiring, returned with the following verdict:
Tombstone, Territory of Arizona,
County of Cochise October 29, 1881. }
We the undersigned, a jury of inquest, summoned by the coroner of the court of Cochise to determine whose the body is submitted to our inspection; when, where, and under what circumstances the person came to his death. After viewing the body and hearing such testimony as had been submitted to us, find that the person was Frank McLowry, 29 years of age (Editor's note: Records show his birth date as March 3, 1848, which made him 33 not 29.) and a native of Mississippi (Editor's note: Records show his place of birth as Kortright, New York.), and that he came to his death in the town of Tombstone in said county, and on the 26th day of October, 1881, from the effects of pistol and gunshot wounds inflicted by Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp, Wyatt Earp and one Holliday, commonly called Doc Holliday.
Thomas Moses; R.F. Hafford, D. Calisher, T.F. Hudson, M. Garrett, S.B. Comstock (Editor's note: Not listed in Document 48, Coromer's Inquest, J.W. Cowell (Editor's note: Not listed in Document 48, Coroner's Inquest.), J.C. Davis, Harry Walker, C.D. Reppy, G.H. Haskell (Editor's note: Spelled Haskill in Document 48.) And W.S. Goodrich (Editor's note: Listed as B.S. Goodrich in Document 48.)
The verdict in the case of Wm. Clanton and Thomas McLowry was the same as Frank McLaury above, except the names and ages were changed and inserted in the body of the document.
Remember, Ike Clanton had no reason to lie or be afraid of cross examination, he was simply a witness at this Inquest.
I know my
comments may be considered bias, especially by people educated by Hollywood
If I've opened your eyes to the other side of the story then I've achieved my goal. Pro or con your email comments and opinions are appreciated. Please type in the subject line "Ike's Testimony" and I'll be sure to read them. Thanks, Ike
With Ike's answers and comments highlighted in RED.
I'm sorry but this seems like a very biased and pro-Clanton side of the story. I stated that they were bias comments at the beginnning of the article.
the claim the Doc confessed to Ike to have been involved in the stagecoach
robbery and murder.
King had been captured and named 3 accomplices, none of whom were Holliday. He was hiding the fact that Holliday was involved, why do you think he escaped so easily?
Also, if it was true that Doc was the triggerman, why on earth would he have confessed that to Ike?
Because Ike already knew the whole story. Ike ran into Bill Leonard out of town a couple days after the attempted robbery and murderers and Leonard told Ike everything.
There had been bad blood between the Clanton's and the Earps and Doc. It doesn't make sense that Doc would confess this to an enemy. Doc wasn't confessing anything, he knew Ike knew the whole story!
More than likely, Ike concocted the whole "confession". Also, if Ike was so concerned with justice in this murder, why wasn't he after Head, Leonard, and King? Head and Leonard were dead. King probably left the territory as fast as he could. What pissed off Ike so much was the fact that Holliday was threatening him because he knew the TRUTH!
Because they were members of his gang and were the real murderers. Ike knew Bill Leonard, but that was about the extent of their relationship.
regard to Ike testimony in the trial:
He claimed that Tom was unarmed and the Frank and Billy put their hands in the air when asked. Yes, Tom McLaury was unarmed and I believe the boys put their hands up before Doc Holliday and Morgan Earp began firing.
that the Earps and Doc had their weapons out and opened fire. If
that had been true then the three men would have been killed before they
could have returned fire. (They were only a few feet away.)
In reality, both Virgil and Morgan were wounded and the 3 men fired several other shots. Many gunfights take place at almost point blank range and they all miss.
No, I'm sorry,
Ike's statements don't ring true at all.
I tried to be unbiased when I read it but it seems as if Ike wasn't telling the truth: about Doc or the gunfight.
Keith S Etheridge
I hope my comments highlighted in RED help answer your questions.
Thanks for your comments and questions, Ike
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