Nov. 17, 1881 FIFTEENTH DAY

Ike re-visits Wyatt Earps written statement with bias comments, questions and opinions
(highlighted in red) to open peoples eyes to the other side of the story.

By providing a lawyer prepared written statement, Wyatt avoided facing any type of cross examination.

Q. What is your name and age? A. Wyatt S. Earp; age 32 last March.

Q Where were you born? A. Monmouth, Warren county, Illinois.

Q. Where do you reside and how long have you resided there? A. Tombstone; since Dec. 1st, 1881. (It should read 1879)

Q. What is your business or profession? A. Saloon keeper; have also been employed as a deputy sheriff, and also as a detective.

Q. Give any explanation you may think proper of the circumstances appearing in the testimony against you, and state any facts which you think will tend to your exculpation.

A. The difficulty between deceased and myself originated first when I followed Tom McLowry and Frank McLowry, with Virgil and Morgan Earp and Captain Hearst and four soldiers to look for six government mules which were stolen. A man named Estes told us at Charleston, that we would find the mules at McLowry's ranch, that the McLowrys were branding "D. S." over "U. S." We tracked the mules to McLowry's ranch, where we also found the brand. Afterwards some of those mules were found with the same brand. After we arrived at McLowry's ranch there was a man named Frank Patterson who made some kind of a compromise with Captain Hearst. Captain Hearst came to us boys and told us he had made this compromise and by so doing he would get the mules back. We insisted on following them up. Hearst prevailed upon us to go back to Tombstone, and so we came back. Hearst told us two or three weeks afterwards that they would not give up the mules to him after we left, saying they only wanted to get us away: that they could stand the soldiers off. Captain Hearst cautioned me and Virgil and Morgan to look out for those men; that they had made some threats against our lives. About one month after that, after those mules had been taken, I met Frank and Tom McLowrv in Charleston. They tried to pick a fuss out of me, and told me that if I ever followed them up again as close as I did before that they would kill me.

Wyatt starts off his defense by attempting to justify to everyone that the McLaury brothers he murdered were bad guys. This is a very common defense in many murder court cases even today. Trash the victims so nobody cares.

Shortly after the time Budd Philpot was killed by those men who tried to rob the Benson stage, as a detective I helped trace the matter up, and I was satisfied that three men, named Billy Leonard, Harry Head and Jim Crane were in that robbery. I know that Leonard, Head and Crane were friends and associates of the Clantons and McLowrys and often stopped at their ranches. Now Wyatt begins trashing the Clanton's name by associating them with stage coach robbers. Again justifiying his actions.  It was generally understood among officers, and those who have information about criminals, that Ike Clanton was a sort of chief among the cowboys; that the Clantons and McLowrys were cattle thieves, and generally in the secrets of the stage robbers; and that the Clanton and McLowrvs ranches were the meeting place, and place of shelter for the gang.  More alleged B.S. to make the Clanton's look bad. If the Clanton's were big bad cattle thieves, why didn't the Earp's arrested them.  Do you really think Marshal Virgil Earp would have played poker with Ike the night before the OK Corral gunfight if he was the criminal that Wyatt states?  Not. Wyatt's written defense continues to be trash the victims so nobody cares.

I had an ambition to be sheriff of this county next election, and I thought it would be a great help to me with the people and the business men if I could capture the men who killed Philpot. There were rewards offered of about $1,200 each for the robbers. Altogether there was about $3,600 offered for their capture. I thought that this amount might tempt Ike Clanton and Frank McLowry to give away Leonard, Head and Crane; so I went to Ike Clanton and Frank McLowry, when they came to town. I had an interview with them in the back yard of the Oriental saloon. I told them what I wanted. I told them I wanted the glory of capturing Leonard, Head and Crane; if I could do so, it would help me make the race for sheriff next election. I told them if they would put me on the track of Leonard, Head and Crane--- tell me where those men were hid---I would give them all the reward, and would never let anybody know where I got the information. Ike Clanton said that he would be glad to have Leonard captured, that Leonard claimed a ranch that he claimed, and if he could get him out of the way he would have no opposition about the ranch.

Ike Clanton said that Leonard, Head and Crane would make a fight, that they would never be taken alive, and that I must first find out if the reward would be paid for the capture of the robbers dead or alive. I then went to Marshall Williams, the agent of Wells, Fargo & Co., in this town, and at my request he telegraphed to the agent of Wells, Fargo & Co., at San Francisco to find out if the reward would be paid for the robbers dead or alive. He received in June, 1881 a telegram which he gave me, promising that the reward should be paid dead or alive. I showed this telegram soon after I got it to Ike Clanton in front of the Alhambra.

(approx. 26 lines in the copy of the Epitaph had been covered by a white rectangle. We completed the section with a copy from the Inquest.)

I told them that the dispatch has come. I went to Marshal Williams and told him I wanted to see the dispatch for a few minutes.  He went to look for it and could not find it, but went over to the telegraph office and got a copy of it, and he came back and gave it to me.  I went and showed it to Ike Clanton and Joe Hill and returned it to Marshal Williams, and afterwards told Frank McLaury of it's contents.

It was then agreed between us that they should have all the $3.600 reward outside of necessary expenses for horses in going after them and Joe Hill should go to where Leonard, Head, and Crane were hid, over near Eureka, in New Mexico, and lure them in near Frank and Tom McLowry's ranch near Soldier Holes, 30 miles from here, and I would be on hand with a posse and capture them. I asked Joe Hill, Ike Clanton and Frank McLowry what tale they would make to them to get them over here. They said they had agreed upon a plan to tell them that there would be a paymaster going from Tombstone to Bisbee shortly to pay off the miners, and that they wanted them to come in and take them; Ike Clanton then sent Joe Hill to bring them in; before starting Joe Hill took on his watch and chain and between two and three hundred dollars in money, and gave it to Virgil Earp to keep for him until he got back. He was gone about ten days and returned with the word that he had got there a day too late; that Leonard and Harry Head had been killed the day before he got there by horse thieves. I learned afterward that the thieves had been killed subsequently by members of the Clanton and McLowry gang.

This is a long winded story to misdirect everyone away from the case at hand. Ending the above statement with members of the Clanton and McLaury gang killing the theives is complete B.S. and yet another "let's make the victims look bad" statement.  It was reported fairly quick that the Haslet brothers in New Mexico killed the men wanted on charges of murdering Bud Philpot and Peter Roerig.

After that Ike Clanton and Frank McLowry said I had given them away to Marshal Williams and Doc Holliday, and when they came in town they shunned us, and Morgan and Virgil Earp and Doc Holliday and myself began to hear of their threats against us.

It was the other way around, Doc Holliday was the trigger man at the March 15, 1881 attempted hold-up and double murder. Ike knew of Doc's involvement and Holliday didn't like it.  Why do you think Holliday tried to goad Ike Clanton into a gunfight the night before the OK Corral gunfight?  Dead men can't talk.

I am a friend of Doc Holliday, because when I was city marshal of Dodge City, Kansas, he came to my rescue and saved my life, when I was surrounded by desperadoes. A month or so ago Morgan and I assisted to arrest Stillwell and Spence on the charge of robbing the Bisbee stage. The McLowrys and Clantons have always been friendly with Spence and Stillwell, and they laid the whole blame of their arrest on us, though the fact is, we only went as a sheriff's posse. After we got in town with Spence and Stillwell, Ike Clanton and Frank McLowry came in. Frank McLowry took Morgan into the middle of the street where John Ringgold, Ike Clanton and the Hicks boys were standing, and commenced to abuse Morgan Earp for going after Spence and Stillwell. Frank McLowry said he would never speak to Spence again for being arrested by us. He said to Morgan, "If ever you come after me you will never take me." Morgan replied that if he ever had occasion to go after him he would arrest him. Frank McLowry then said to him, "I have threatened you boys' lives, and a few days ago I had taken it back, but since this arrest it now goes." Morgan made no reply, and walked off.

Before this and after this, Marshal Williams and Farmer Daly, and Ed. Burns and three or four others, told us at different times of threats made to kill us, by Ike Clanton, Frank McLowry: Tom McLowry, Joe Hill and John Ringgold. I knew that all these men were desperate and dangerous, cattle thieves, robbers and murderers. I knew of the Clantons and McLowrys stealing six government mules. I heard of Ringgold shooting a man down in cold blood near Camp Thomas. I was satisfied that Frank and Tom McLowry killed and robbed Mexican in the Skeleton canyon two or three months ago, and I naturally keep my eyes open, and I did not intend that any of the gang should get the drop on me if I could help it. Before this hearsay and after this hearsay, this is ridiculous!  La, La, la, get the picture now?

Three or four weeks ago Ike Clanton met me at the Alhambra, and told me that I had told Holliday about this transaction, concerning the capture of Head and Leonard. I told him I never told Holliday anything. I told him when Holliday came up from Tucson I would prove it. Ike Clanton said that Holliday had told him so; when Holliday came I asked him and he said no; I told him that Ike Clanton had said so.

On the 25"' of October Holliday met Ike Clanton in the Alhambra saloon and asked him about it. Clanton denied it, and they quarreled for three or four minutes. Holliday told Ike Clanton he was a d-d liar, if he said so. I was sitting eating lunch at the time.

Ike could have cared less if the dead robbers knew of his involvement, they were dead!  That's not what they were arguing about. Ike knew of Hollidays involvement in the stage coach murders, and Doc wanted to kill him plain and simple.

Wyatt forgot to tell you that Doc Holliday was armed, started the quarrel with Ike and challenged him to an instant gunfight. When Ike stated that he was unarmed, Holliday and the Earp's began threatening him by telling him he better have a gun next time they see him.

They got up and walked out on the street. I got through and walked out, and they were still talking about it. I then went to Holliday, who was pretty tight, and took him away. How come you didn't arrest Doc for carrying a firearm in city limits or disturbing the peace?
Then I came back alone and met Ike Clanton. He called me outside and said his gun was on the other side of the street at the hotel. I told him to leave it there. He said he would make a fight with Holliday any time he wanted to. Ike was tired of the threats and now feels his life is threatened.  I told him Holliday did not want to fight, but only to satisfy him this talk had not been made. Come on! Wyatt knew damn well Holliday was threatening Ike, he was there!

I then went away and went to the Oriental, and in a few minutes Ike Clanton came over with his six shooter on. How come you didn't arrest him for carrying a firearm in city limits? Because it never happened!  He said he was not fixed right; that in the morning he would have man for man that this fighting talk had been going on for a long time, and it was about time to fetch it to a close. I told him that I wouldn't fight no one if I could get away from it. He walked off and left me, saying, "I will be ready for all of you in the morning." He followed me into the Oriental, having his six shooter in plain sight. And you didn't do anything about it?  Right.  He said, "You musn't think I won't be after you all in the morning." Myself and Holliday walked away and went to our rooms. Again it's the other way around, Ike is the one being threatened. Ike's "I'm not afraid of you" talk is in self defense.

I got up next day, October 26, about noon. Before I got up, Ned Boyle came to me and told me that he met Ike Clanton on Allen street, near the telegraph office that morning; that Ike was armed; that he said "As soon as those d-d Earps make their appearance on the street to day the battle will open," That Ike said,"We are here to make a fight, we are looking for the sons of b--s." Jones came to me after I got up and went to the saloon, and said, "What does all this mean?" I asked what he meant. He says,"Ike Clanton is hunting you Earp boys with a Winchester rifle and a six shooter. "I said, I will go down and find him and see what he wants." I went out, and on the corner of Fourth and Allen streets I met Virgil Earp, the marshal. He told me how he had heard that Ike Clanton was hunting us. I went up Allen street, and Virgil went down Fifth street and then Fremont street. Virgil found Ike Clanton on Fourth street in an alley. He walked up to him and said, "I hear you are hunting for some of us." Ike Clanton then threw his Winchester rifle around towards Virgil.

Virgil grabbed it and hit Clanton with his six shooter and knocked him down. Clanton had his rifle, and his six shooter was exposed in his pants. By that time I came up, and Virgil and Morgan took his rifle and six shooter away and took them to the Grand Hotel after the examination, and took Ike Clanton before Justice Wallace. Before the investigation Morgan Earp had Ike Clanton in charge, as Virgil Earp was out. A short time after I went into Wallace's court and sat down on a bench. Good spin, but here's what really happened...  Ike was armed in self defense because Doc Holliday and the Earps threatened him the night before.  They actually told him "next time we see you, you better be armed".

Ike Clanton looked over to me and says, "I will get even with all of you for this. If I had a six shooter I would make a fight with all of you." Morgan then said to him, "If you want to make a fight right bad I will give you this one." At the same time offering Ike Clanton his (Ike's) own six shooter. Now that's a good lawmen looking to keep peace.  Ike Clanton started to get up to take it, when Campbell, the deputy sheriff, pushed him back on his seat, saying he wouldn't allow any fuse. I never had Ike Clanton's arms at any time as he has stated.

I would like to describe the position we occupied in the courtroom at that time. Ike Clanton sat down on a bench, with his face fronting to the north wall of the building. I myself sat down on a bench that was against the north wall right in front of Ike. Morgan Earp stood up against the north wall with his back against the north wall, two or three feet to my right. Morgan Earp had Ike Clanton's Winchester in his left hand and his six shooter in his right hand, one end of the rifle was on the floor. Virgil Earp was not in the court room any of the time, and Virgil Earp came there after I walked out. And the significance of this is?

I was tired of being threatened by Ike Clanton and his gang. Turning things around again, Wyatt knew darn well that his friend Doc Holliday, his brothers and himself started the threatening stuff the night before the OK Corral confrontation.

I believed from what they had said to others and to me, and from their movements, that they intended to assassinate me the first chance they had, and I thought if I had to fight for my life against them, I had better make them face me in an open fight. So I said to Ike Clanton, who was then sitting about eight feet away from me, "you d--d dirty cur thief, you have been threatening our lives, and I know it. "And I know it" shows me that Ike never personally threatened Wyatt as he stated."And I know it" means he's listening to hearsay statements by others. I think I should be justified shooting you down any place I should meet you, but if you are anxious to make a fight, I will go anywhere on earth to make a fight with you, even over to the San Simon among your own crowd." He replied, "all right, I will see you after I get through here. I only want four feet of ground to fight on." I walked out and just then outside the court room, near the justice's office, I met Tom McLowry. He came up to me and said to me, "If you want to make a fight I will make a fight with you anywhere." I supposed at the time he had heard what had first transpired between Ike Clanton and me. I knew of his having threatened me and I felt just as I did about Ike Clanton, that if the fight had to come, I had better have it come when I had an even show to defend myself, so I said to him all right "make a fight right here," and at the same time I slapped him in the face with my left hand, and drew my pistol with my right. He had a pistol in plain sight on his right hip, but made no move to draw it. How come you didn't arrest him for carrying a firearm in city limits? I said to him, "Jerk your gun use it." He made no reply and I hit him on the head with my six shooter and walked away down to Hafford's corner. I went into Hafford's and got a cigar, and came out and stood by the door. Pretty soon after I saw Tom McLowry, Frank McLowry and William Clanton. They passed me and went down Fourth street to the gunsmith shop. I followed down to see what they were going to do. When I got there Frank McLowry's horse was standing on the sidewalk with his head in the door of the gun shop. I took the horse by the bit, as I was deputy city marshal, and commenced to back him off the sidewalk. Frank and Tom McLowry and Billy Clanton came to the door, Billy Clanton had his hand on his six shooter. Frank McLowry took hold of the horse's bridle. I said "you will have to get this horse off the sidewalk." He backed him off on the street Ike Clanton came up about that time and they all walked into the gunsmith's shop. I saw them in the shop changing cartridges into their belts. They came out of the shop and walked along Fourth street to the corner of Allen street. I followed them as far as the corner of Fourth and Allen streets, and then they went down Allen street and over to Dunbar's corral. Virgil Earp was then city marshal; Morgan Earp was a special policeman for six weeks, wore a badge and drew pay. I had been sworn in Virgil's place to act for him while Virgil was gone to Tucson on Stillwell and Spence, on the charge of robbing the Bisbee stage trial. Virgil had been back several days, but I was still acting. I know it was Virgil's duty to disarm those men. He suspected he would have trouble in doing so; and I followed up to give assistance if necessary, especially as they had been threatening us, as I have already stated. About ten minutes afterwards, and while Virgil, Morgan, Doc Holliday and myself were standing in the center of Fourth and Allen streets several persons said, "there is going to be trouble with those fellows," and one man named Coleman said to Virgil Earp, "they mean trouble. They have just gone from Dunbar's corral into the 0. K. corral, all armed. I think you had better go and disarm them." Virgil turned around to Doc Holliday, Morgan Earp and myself and told us to come and assist him in disarming them. If the Earps really wanted to disarm the cowboys, why would they ask Doc Holliday (who was not a lawman) to go with them. They all knew that Ike and Doc had a heated argument the night before. That's like taking a blow torch to a fireworks factory, and they knew it!  Morgan Earp said to me, "they have horses; had we not better get some horses ourselves, so that if they make a running fight we can catch them?" I said, "No, if they try to make a running fight we can kill their horses, and then capture them." We four then started through Fourth to Fremont street. When we turned the corner of Fourth and Fremont streets we could see them standing near or about the vacant space between Fly's photograph gallery and the next building west. I first saw Frank McLowry, Tom McLowry, Billy Clanton and Sheriff Behan standing there. We went down the left hand side of Fremont street. When I got within about 150 feet of them I saw Ike Clanton, Billy Claiborne and another party. We had walked a few steps further when I saw Behan leave the party and come towards us, every few steps he would look back as if he apprehended danger. I heard Behan say to Virgil Earp, "For God's sake don't go down there or you will get murdered." Virgil replied, "I am going to disarm them"-- he, Virgil Earp, being in the lead. When I and Morgan came up to Behan he said, "I have disarmed them." If in fact Sheriff Behan said this, it was one cop lying to another. When he said this I took my pistol, which I had in my hand, under my coat, and put it in my overcoat pocket. Behan then passed up the street, and we walked on down. We came up on them close-Frank McLowry, Tom McLowry and Billy Clanton standing all in a row against the east side of the building on the opposite side of the vacant space west of Fly`s photography gallery. Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne and a man I did not know were standing in the vacant space about halfway between the photograph gallery and the next building west. I saw that Billy Clanton and Frank McLowry and Tom McLowry had their hands by their sides and Frank McLowry's and Billy Clanton's six shooters were in plain sight. Virgil said, "Throw up your hands. I have come to disarm you." Billy Clanton and Frank McLowry had their hands on their six shooters. Virgil said, "Hold I don't mean that; I have come to disarm you." They-----Billy Clanton and Frank McLowry---commenced to draw their pistols, at the same time Tom McLowry threw his hand to his right hip and jumped behind a horse. Complete B.S to show the cowboys fired first. It didn't happen that way.  Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday started firing and Tom McLaury who was un-armed started running for his life.  I had my pistol in my overcoat pocket where I had put it when Behan told us he had disarmed the other party. When I saw Billy and Frank draw their pistols I drew my pistol. Billy Clanton leveled his pistol at me but I did not aim at him. I knew that Frank McLowry had the reputation of being a good shot and a dangerous man, and I aimed at Frank McLowry. The two first shots which were fired were fired by Billy Clanton and myself he; shot at me, and I shot at Frank McLowry. I do not know which shot was first; we fired almost together. The fight then became general. After about four shots were fired Ike Clanton ran up and grabbed my arm. I could see no weapon in his hand and thought at the time he had none, and so I said to him, "The fight has now commenced go to fighting or get away." At the same time I pushed him off with my left hand. He started and ran down the side of the building and disappeared between the lodging house and the photograph gallery. My first shot struck Frank McLowry in the belly. He staggered off on the sidewalk but first fired one shot at me. When we told them to throw up their hands Claiborne held up his left hand, and then broke and ran. I never saw him afterwards until later in the afternoon, after the fight. I never drew my pistol or made a motion to shoot until after Billy Clanton and Frank McLowry drew their pistols. Morgan and Doc had already started firing before Frank and Billy attempted to defend themselves. If Tom McLowry was unarmed I did not know it. Tom McLaury was unarmed. I believe he was armed and that he fired two shots at our party before Holliday who had the shotgun, fired at and killed him. If he was unarmed there was nothing to the circumstances or in what had been communicated to me, or in his acts or threats, that would have led me even to suspect his being unarmed. Good political statement to attempt to show justification, but Tom McLaury was unarmed.

I never fired at Ike Clanton, even after the shooting commenced, because I thought he was unarmed and I believed then, and believe now, from the acts I have stated, and the threats I have related, and other threats communicated to me by different persons, as having been made by Tom McLowry, Frank McLowry and Isaac Clanton, that these men, last named, had formed a conspiracy to murder my brothers Morgan and Virgil, and Doc Holliday and myself. Another well written statement to show justification, but in reality Holliday and the Earps were the parties that started the threatening on Oct. 25, 1881. I believe I would have been legally and morally justified in shooting any of them on sight, but I did not do so or attempt to do so; I sought no advantage. I'm sure that's how Ike felt after the Doc Holliday and the Earps threatened him. When I went as deputy marshal to help disarm them and arrest them, I went as a part of my duty and under the direction of my brother the marshal. Now suddenly Wyatt needs to show his duty by disarming people for carrying firearms in city limits. Why didn't he arrest Doc Holliday on Oct. 25th? or Ike when he claimed he followed him into the oriental Saloon with a six shooter on? or Tom McLaury out in front of the court house after Ike was arrested?

I did not intend to fight unless it became necessary in self defense, and in the performance of official duty. Ike didn't arm himself until Doc Holliday and the Earps started threatening his life.  When Billy Clanton and Frank McLowry drew their pistols I knew it was a fight for life, and I drew and fired in defense of my own life and the lives of my brothers and Doc Holliday.

I have been in Tombstone since December 1, 1879. I came here from Dodge City Kansas, where, against the protest of business men and officials, I resigned the office of City Marshal, which I held from 1876. I came to Dodge City from Wichita, Kansas. I was on the police force in Wichita, from 1874 until I went to Dodge City.

The testimony of Isaac Clanton that I had anything to do with any stage robbery, or any criminal enterprise, is a tissue of lies from beginning to end. Sheriff Behan made me an offer in his office on Allen street, and in the back room of the cigar store, that if I would withdraw and not try to get appointed sheriff of Cochise county, that we would hire a clerk and divide the profits. I done so; and he never said another word to me afterward in regard to it. The reasons given by him here for not complying with his contract, are false.

I give here as a part of this statement, a document sent me from Dodge City, since my arrest, and marked Exhibit "A", and another document sent me from Wichita, since this arrest, which I wish attached to this statement. and marked Exhibit "B".

Myself and Doc Holliday happened to go to Charleston the night that Behan happened to go down to subpoena Ike Clanton. We went there for the purpose of getting a horse that had been stolen from us a few days after I came to Tombstone. I had heard several times that the Clantons had him. When I got there that night I was told by a friend of mine that the man that carried the dispatch from Charleston to Ike Clanton's ranch had my horse. At this time I did not know where Ike Clanton's ranch was. A short time afterward I was in the Huachucas, locating some water rights. I had started home to Tombstone, and had got within twelve or fifteen miles of Charleston, when I met a man named McMasters. He told me if I would hurry up I would find my horse in Chaleston. I drove to Charleston, and saw my horse going through the streets toward the corral. I put up for the night at another corral. I went to Barnett's office, to get out papers to recover the horse. He was not at home, having gone to Sonora to see some coal fields that had been discovered. I telegraphed to Tombstone, to James Earp, and papers were made out and sent to Charleston, that night. While I was in town, waiting for the papers, Billy Clanton found out I was there. He went and tried to take the horse out of the corral. I told him that he could not take him out, that it was my horse. After the papers came he gave the horse up without the papers being served, and asked me "if I had any more horses to lose." I told him I would keep them in the stable after this, and not give him a chance to steal them.

In one of the conversations I had with Ike Clanton about giving away Leonard, Head and Crane, I told him one reason why I wanted to catch them was to prove to the citizens of Tombstone that Doc Holliday had nothing to do with it, as there were some false statements circulated to that effect. In following the trail of Leonard, Head and Crane, we struck it at the scene of the attempted robbery, and never lost the trail or hardly a footprint from the time that we started from Drew's ranch, on the San Pedro, until we got to Helm's ranch, in the Dragoons. After following about eight miles down the San Pedro river and capturing one of the men, named King that was supposed to be in with them, we then crossed the Catalina mountains within fifteen miles of Tucson, following their trail around the front of the mountain after they had crossed over to Tres Alamos, on the San Pedro river. We then started out from Helm's ranch and got on their trail. They had stolen fifteen or twenty head of stock so as to cover their trail. Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, R.H. Paul, Breckenridge, Johnny Behan and one or two others still followed the trail up into New Mexico. Their trail never led south from Helm's ranch, as Ike Clanton has stated. We used every effort we could to capture these men. I was out ten days. Virgil Earp and Morgan Earp were out sixteen days, and we done all we could to capture these men, and I safely say if it had not been for myself and Morgan Earp, they would not have got King, as he started to run when we rode up to his hiding place, and was making for a big patch of brush on the river, and would have got in it if it had not been for us. I believe two motives inspired Wyatts attempted capture of these men. Politlically it would make him look good, but the big motive was to kill these men before they could testify against Doc being the trigger man in the March 15, 1881 stage coach murders.

To All Whom It May Concern, Greetings:
We, the undersigned citiizens of Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, and vicinity do by these present certify that we are personally acquainted with Wyatt Earp, late of this city; that he came here in the year 1876; that during the years of 1877, 1878, and 1879 he was Marshal of our city; that he left our place in the fall of 1879; that during his whole stay here he occupied a place of high social position and was regarded and looked upon as a high-minded, honorable citizen; that as Marshal of our city he was ever vigilant in the discharge of his duties, and whild kind and courteous to all, he was brave, unflinching, and on all occasions proved himself the right man in the right place.

Hearing that he is now under arrest, charged with complicity in the killing of those men termed "Cow Boys." From our knowledge of him we do not believe that he would wantonly take the life of his fellow man, and that if he was implicated, he only took life in the discharge of his sacred trust to the people; and earnestly appeal to the citizens of Tombstone, Arizona, to use all means to secure him a fair and impartial trial, fully confident that when tried he will be fully vindicated and exonerated of any crime.

R.M. Wright
Lloyd Shinn
M.W. Sutton
George F. Hinkle
J.W. Liellow
F.C. Zimmerman
G.W. Potter
Thomas S. Jones
A.B. Weber
C.M. Beeson
Geo. Emerson
A.H. Boyd
J.H. Philips
R.G. Cook
Wright, Beverly & Co.
Herman F. Fringey
O.W. Wright
March and Son
W.W. Robins
H.P. Weiss
Fred T. M. Wenir
R.C. Burns
H.M. Bell
T.L. McCarty
D.E. Frost
Beeson and Harris
 Representative, Ford County
Probate Judge, Ford County, Kansas
County Attorney, Ford County
Sheriff, Ford County, Kansas
Ford County Commissioner
Ford County, Treasurer and Tax Collector
Clerk of Ford County
Police Judge and Attorney at Law
Mayor, Dodge City, Kansas
City Council, Dodge City, Kansas
City Council, Dodge City, Kansas
City Council, Dodge City, Kansas
Deputy County Treasurerr, Ford County
U.S. Commissioner
Dodge City Merchants
Postmaster, Dodge City, Kansas
Pastor, Presbyterian Church
Notary Public and Insurance Agent
Deputy United States Marshal
Ex-Police Judge
Liquor Dealers
(and 35 other citizens signed the paper).

I know my comments may be considered bias, especially by people educated by Hollywood movies.
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 "Wyatt's Testimony" and I'll be sure to read them.  Thanks, Ike

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Interesting comments and opinions below...

I’ve read your transcripts of the testimony of Wyatt Earp, Ike Clanton and others. In response to some of your comments about the testimony of Earp and the “hearsay” he repeated before the coroner’s inquest, I just wanted to drop you a note and advise that “hearsay” is defined as an out of court declaration, offered in court to prove the truth of the matter asserted in the declaration. Since the things Earp testified to as having heard out of court were not (arguably) offered to prove their truth, they are not technically “hearsay” under the accepted legal definition. However, even if they were hearsay,  hearsay is admissible under Arizona and Federal law to establish the state of mind of the person (Earp) who had heard it, not to prove the truth of the declarations, but to show that his perceptions were “reasonable” under the circumstances (which circumstances include what he believed to be true at the time), to support his claim of self defense. In other words, Earp would have been entitled to tell what he had heard outside of court and believed at the relevant time, into the hearing in order to show why he “reasonably” believed that his life was in danger and why he “reasonably” believed that he needed to exercise his right of self-defense, thus acting the way he did. Finally, a coroner’s inquest may be like many other proceedings in Arizona where hearsay is admissible, such as in a preliminary hearing to determine probable cause to bind over for trial, in a bail hearing, or before a grand jury to determine probable cause to indict ( I’ve never been involved in a coroner’s inquest, don’t know if they still exist in any fashion unless it is now a part of the function of the grand jury, and don’t know what operative rules of evidence or procedure applied to them back then, so I can only speculate). Procedurally, though,  it was not an error or an abuse to admit the testimony about what he had heard about the people he fought with, as it goes to his state of mind, which is relevant if self-defense is made an issue. Your web pages are fascinating. Thank you for making them available to us.

M. French

Well I have to say you got me thinking, what Wyatt said about the threats, he heard.. Yes he was listening to hear say,  Then it seemed to me as if Wyatt was looking for a fight, following them around town after he just got into a augment with them, then walked into the cigar shop steps out of the cigar shop and then walks over and tells them to get there horse off the side walk I have to say he was looking for a fight, and he never said why Holliday had the shotgun, there was no reason for the gun fight when you look at it now, and Wyatt has always been my hero but I am having second thought about it now after reading this... Thanks  e-mail me more info please... I do believe it was a Murder and he should of did time for that one or he should have been hanged...

Dale W Rolph

Dear Sirs,

After reading this transcript I also agree that so-called gunfight at the ok corral was pure cold blooded murder.

I always had reservations about how {4} men can have a gunfight with {4} other men at a range of {10} feet,( I thought)

And only the so called bad guys get killed. It’s amazing how it never seems to get mentioned, that MclAURY never had any arms on him. This transcript clears up a lot of things, like Wyatt and Holliday beings so patient and not looking for a fight, and Virgil deputizing his brothers. BALONEY! They were thugs and Holliday was a miserable person.

Thank you, it was very entertaining.


 would just like to say...
None of us was there in those days, no one can say whether Wyatt Earp or Ike Clanton was right or wrong. You seem very angry about the situation as if it happen yesterday. I am laughing because I can't believe how up tight you seem.
This is history, very interesting history, that's why I found myself on your website. I was looking for more info on the history of Tombstone and the people who reside there. The whole Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Ike Clanton, Ringo, etc., is interesting just learning how people lived back then, and how the law handle crimes and court cases back then, these were real people it's not a made up Hollywood story it was real, that is very amazing to me and my husband, but we found it strange that your taking it so personal.
Reading the court testimony I found your opinions (in red bold print) very irritating. I would like to just read the testimony without reading your opinion. That's your opinion and that's fine to address it but I would like to form my own opinion by reading it without your feeling on the matter. It's very obvious that your siding with Ike Clanton, that's fine, but your acting as if you are Ike Clanton yourself and your retrying Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday all over again. It's like your try to prove a point that don't need to be proven because it doesn't matter anymore. They all have passed and all we can do now is read or watch movies of what people think happened based on info they may have found somewhere.
Just get over it!
I've been on different website looking up the history of Tombstone and some of the people that lived there and each web page have different things to say about Wyatt Earp, Ike Clanton, Doc Hoilday, etc. There are things I've read about Ike Clanton on other web pages that paint a different picture of him.
The fact is no matter how much research you do, what you have find or discovered, we still do not know what truly happen in Tombstone at that time. It's interesting to read but you have to read it with an open mind, realizing that we still do not have the actual fact of the event that happened at that time.
You do have an interesting web page, but I think you should calm down on your anger regarding the event that happened.
Y. Adkins


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