Was not your original question asking why I was under the impression Billy was wearing a cross-draw rigging? Hatch and Coleman both refer to Billy attempting to get a gun out of the scabbard on his LEFT hip. Can you establish that Billy was not right-handed?
IF as you suggest, Billy was NOT shot in the right wrist, then he must have done all his shooting with his right hand. So then, apparently Hatch and Coleman did not make a mistake on which hand Billy used to retrieve the gun...it was the Coroner who didn't know his right from his left.
He claimed the right hand was destroyed by a bullet, but Wyatt and Hatch and Coleman seem to be under the impression Billy did all his shooting with his right hand. At what point, then, was Billy's right hand damaged? I am confused.
The testimonies and the newspaper accounts don't coincide.
Joyce, you write:"But Coleman described Billy, after two shots were already fired, one being the shot that smashed his right wrist rendering it painfully useless, as attempting to retrieve his gun from... more
"Following the shootout near the OK Corral, he [George Goodfellow] tended wounded members of both factions. Before 19-year old Billy Clanton died with six bullets in him, Doc removed his boots." "Following... more
Michael, I've seen these quotes before, but I'm not aware of Goodfellow being mention in any of the documents or testimony connected to the coroner's jury or Spicer hearing. Coroner H. M. Matthews testified... more
Of course! ... stupid me ... it's all too much for my poor eyes ... him, Fuller and that darned Smith & Wesson ... both of them had a nose round and yet were strangely only interrogated over the wrist... more
...The wrist wound was important as a deciding factor as it would also be the broken arm. The damage would have been extensive. Billy was pretty well riddled before he slid down the wall. Virgil and Morgan... more
And the best to you in the future, Joyce ... I've posited a couple of times on here that the only reason Wyatt said he shot anyone is to cover for the others [brothers and friends] without badges ... I... more
"I do not think that Billy Clanton was hit before he commenced firing" Bob ... despite Joyce's exhortations, I've never joined in any of the endless discussions regarding the contradictions contained... more
two elementary questions... — Joyce A. Aros,Thu Sep 14 11:33
Joyce, you write, "Was not your original question asking why I was under the impression Billy was wearing a cross-draw rigging?" I asked my original question because after reading your section in VANTAGE... more
It is clear that in making comments to the newspaper or even in testimony, one or two people made assumptions based on what they were accustomed to. Coleman was a good example of that. Logic and reason... more
My apalogies for mass confusion. I have a good excuse. I have been dealing with a bad case of Bronchitis for two weeks and can't stop the coughing fits. The Dr. has me on pills, a puffer, and I am drinking... more
Joyce, I typed up a fairly long response and thought I had posted it, but now I realize it disaappeared into the ether (and I don't have an excuse like bronchitiss). Hope you are felling better. I'll get... more
Trial Newpaper Version - Wes Fuller: he was in a crouched, stooping position, leaning against the house, and while so drew his pistol with his left hand; his body was out from the corner so I could see... more
Jones, thank you for correcting my contention that no witness testified that Billy drew his pistol with his left hand. I was obviously wrong. When I'm debating with Joyce, I usually peruse all the testimony... more
I suspect that in the heat of that mad minute the surviving participants and witnessed missed more than they observed. I suspect Billy was cross drawing, but it would be good to know something about the... more