Addie, Hands, and the Start of the Fight
Mon Apr 11, 9:42

Thank you.

Everyone in the area was ask about what the cowboys did with their hands. Bourland's testimony was considered along with all the rest.

I had an interest in this for a specific reason. When I started the simulation I didn't know which story was correct, the lawman story or the cowboy story. I wasn't going to maintain two simulations so I had to figure out a way to deal with it in a single simulation, and eventually lead to a kind of ah-ah moment. About the only difference between the lawman and cowboy story is what the cowboys do with their hands. A few other odds and ends differ, but not that much. So the solution was easy, just leave everyone's hands at their sides until after the first shots. The idea was that maybe after enough of the fight came together it would reflect back to the initial encounter. And eventually it did.

So what did the cowboys do with their hands just prior to the first two shots. This is my take on it.

All though not a cowboy he was in the vacant lot.
According to Wyatt he threw up his left hand.
I'm good with that.

The lawmen said he threw his hand to his chest in a manner that looked like he was reaching for his pretend gun. This is beyond silly. It would be suicidal and that is when the shooting would start.
If Ike raised one hand chest high then he raised both.

The lawmen said he's hand went to his hip as if (again) reaching for his pretend gun. Same as with Ike, silly and suicidal.
Tom pulled his coat open by the lapels.
So technically, Tom did not raise his hands.

The lawmen said he drew his gun. If Frank had as much as touched his gun as the lawmen approached, that is when the shooting would have started. As I've heard it termed before, "he wouldn't have cleared leather."
Frank is holding the reins of his horse in his left hand. So probably doesn't do much with is left hand. What does he do with his right. Not many people seem to be able see Frank. Their view is blocked. So maybe he raised his hand a little, or maybe he raises his hand a lot. I don't know. But what ever he does, he doesn't touch his gun.

The lawmen said he drew his gun and fired at Wyatt. That didn't happen. If it had, Billy wouldn't make it to the corner of the little house with a bullet proof vest and a speed loader.
Enough witnesses see him with his hands raised that I'm good with that. I expect the defense choose Billy to fire the first shot because he was the deepest into the vacant lot, making him the hardest to see.

And now to Addie Bourland.
Addie Bourland is a thirty-something year old divorcee that lives alone on the outskirts of one of the roughest town in the America. She watched four men walk up and start shooting four other men. Addie only lives a block and a half from three of them and maybe across the street from the other. Addie's in a pickle. I expect Addie wished she hadn't opened her big mouth and told someone that she saw the start of the fight. And I think the nature of Addie's testimony reflects this. Most of her answers can be summerized with one line, "I don't know."
An abbreviated version of some of her questions and answers:
Who did you see raise there hands - no one.
Which party fired first? - I don't know.
Who were you looking at - not at anyone in particular.
Did you hear any conversation - I did not.
About how many shots were fired - I could not tell.
Were all the parties shooting at each other - Looked to me like it.
See any of the parties fall - I saw no parties fall.

And from Addie's testimony, speaking of Judge Spicer, "he went to see the witness at her house and talked with her about what she might further know about the case, and that he, of his own motion, says that he believed she knew more than she had testified to on her examination". Yup, Addie had a front row seat. I kind of admire Addie for this. Try as they might, Addie's not talking. And for good reason. Addie takes a look around the court room. Cowboys on her left, lawmen on her right. Addie asks herself which group does she want to piss off today. I think Addie makes the best choice, neither.

So what might Addie have actually seen.
I think Hatch puts to words quite well what the others imply.
Q. Who of the persons engaged in this difficulty fired the first shot?.
A. I cannot tell. The Earp party and Holliday were standing in front of me close together. I could not see the other parties at that time.
Q. State whether or not you saw any hostile demonstrations on the part of Wm. Clanton, Tom or Frank McLowry, made by them at the time Virgil Earp said, "we have come to arrest you," etc.
A. The Earp party were standing between me and the Clantons and I could not see them.

And that's why Behan only see's Tom, Coleman only sees Billy, and Allen only notices Tom and Billy. Everyone is bunched up blocking the view.
And Addie has the same problem.
Frank's left side is towards Addie. Franks holding the rein's of his horse in his left hand. She might see what he did with his right.
Tom's on the other side of Frank. And doesn't actually raise his hands.
Billy is on the far side of all of them. Highly likely his view is blocked.
Addie not seeing Ike or Claiborne raise their hands is questionable.

I think it's curious that Addie was willing to extend herself enough to implicate Doc Holliday. Seems to be out of character as compared to the rest of her testimony.

And that's my take on Addie, hands, and the start of the fight.

Happy trails,


    • Great presentationpaul j, Wed Apr 13 14:34
      Jones - Your presentation is great - especially working in the viewpoints of various witnesses. I commend your parsing of the testimony as well. To resolve all the conflicts is quite a feat - one I'... more
      • Holliday and the shotgunJones, Wed Apr 13 18:11
        Thank you. Regarding Holliday and the shotgun and pistol: There's no reason he can't handle both at the same time. Shotgun in one hand, pistol in the other. Shooting a gun, even a shotgun, with on... more
    • Upraised handsMark Robeson, Sun Apr 10 9:40
      Why do you have the cowboys with hands raised? I believe Borland clearly testified that she saw noone with their hands up. Very well done, really enjoyed it.
      • Addie, Hands, and the Start of the Fight — Jones, Mon Apr 11 9:42
        • Addie and what she didn't see....Joyce A. Aros, Mon Apr 11 18:25
          ...Addie says she saw Doc step up to Frank, jab him in the gut with his pistol, step back a few steps and shots were fired. Frank grabbed his gut and turned away toward the street still holding the ho... more
          • re: Addie and what she didn't seeJones, Tue Apr 12 12:38
            "Frank grabbed his gut and turned away toward the street..." I've never heard this before. Frank won't be shot until after he's out in the street. (Q) How long did you continue to look at the par... more
            • Jones/why do you...Joyce A. Aros, Tue Apr 12 17:13
              ...think Frank was not shot until after he was out in the street? He was shot in the gut. Doc was on the walkway area still and Frank would had had to stop and turn toward him if he was to be sho... more
              • Who shot FrankJones, Tue Apr 12 20:53
                Sorry Joyce, but I'm not quite following along with this one. If frank was shot with one of the first shots he'd be staggering around on the sidewalk, not running out into the road. Yes, he has to... more
                • Jones, who shot Frank...Joyce A. Aros, Wed Apr 13 10:11
                  ...Addie saw Doc approach Frank and jab him in the gut with what she believed was a large pistol of sorts. Addie, as you noted, was a reluctant witness. When Doc prodded Frank and then stepped back a ... more
                  • re: who shot FrankJones, Wed Apr 13 11:05
                    Joyce wrote: "and Frank immediately turned and staggered toward her or her general direction." I don't recall this anywhere in the testimony. Joyce wrote: "Frank was gut-shot at the outset" By "o... more
                    • Jones; Frank turned...Joyce A. Aros, Wed Apr 13 18:47
                      ....It was not in the testimony as you say, but how else did Frank's body end up on the other side of Fremont street, in the general area of her home which was almost across from Fry's? He was witness... more
                      • re: Frank turnedJones, Wed Apr 13 19:32
                        Interesting take on it. I like Addie. Took some guts for a single gal to live where she did. Best wishes, Jones
                        • Addie BourlandJoyce A. Aros, Thu Apr 14 7:26
                          ...You will have to set those romantic interests aside, Jones. Addie's husband was a merchant from Arkansas, sold cigars pipes, stationary, confectionary and all kinds of fancy goods. he also invested... more
                          • MarriedJones, Thu Apr 14 14:53
                            Addie was married! Darn it! Why are the good ones always taken ;-) Bet that gal had some interesting stories to tell. Best wishes, Jones
                          • William Bourland vs Samuel BorlandJerry Prather, Thu Apr 14 9:18
                            Joyce, sorry to jump in here, but there are certain things you never forget. About 12 or 14 years ago, there was a mention of William Bourland being a member of the coroner's jury for the murder of Mo... more
                            • Jerry/thank you!Joyce A. Aros, Thu Apr 14 10:18
                              ...this is what we do in trying to help put the whole picture together in the right way. I appreciate your digging around and clearing up any discrepancies. And there is a discrepancy. Epitaph reco... more
                              • What's in a nameJerry Prather, Thu Apr 14 10:49
                                Joyce, this kind of reminds me of the confusion between Billy Allens. For years we read that Doc Holliday encountered the Billy Allen that witnessed the shootout when he ended up in Leadville, Colorad... more
      • I am so impressed...Joyce A. Aros, Mon Apr 11 8:19
        ...with the tremendous amount of work involved in this presentation. What a feat! However, it does give us a really good opportunity to view the whole thing more openly, for sure. I am impressed as... more
        • I Hear Prison Sucks...Jones, Mon Apr 11 11:43
          Thank you. I think most of your questions about the lawmen can be summed up by saying, people do whatever they have to do to stay out of prison. Isn't shooting an unarmed man a hanging offense? A... more
    • Very well done and interesting, but...Jerry Prather, Sat Apr 09 18:33
      as Ike said "the ball will open". Bob Cash has already brought up my post on Billy's horse(thanks, Bob)and why it's presence is so important - Tom McLaury using it as a barricade or trying to get the ... more
      • Behan/HatchJones, Sun Apr 10 11:00
        Obviously I think Hatch is not correct. Here are statements from six witnesses. All of them have the lawmen passing by Behan and no mention of any further action on his part. If Behan had run up in... more
        • Johnny doesn't say, Hatch does.Jerry Prather, Mon Apr 11 11:32
          All of these people are talking about what occurred near Bauer's when the Earps brushed by Behan. Hatch should be added to that list, since that's what he said happened there too. Hatch was the only w... more
          • Behan and Hitching PostsJones, Mon Apr 11 13:41
            I'm ok with Behan's testimony. He doesn't see any of the scramble after the first two shots. The only thing he seems to know about after the first two shots is that Ike ran into Fly's after the fift... more
            • Where's the nickel-plated pistol?Jerry Prather, Mon Apr 11 14:45
              If those were actually the first 4 shots, why all the concern from prosecution witnesses about the nickel-plated pistol. Behan: "the nickel-plated pistol was the first to fire". These witnesses seemed... more
              • DeterminedJones, Mon Apr 11 16:26
                "These witnesses seemed determined to ..." I expect this is at least some of the reason we view things differently. I don't see them as being determined to do anything. Just witnesses telling what ... more
                • Jones/determined....Joyce A. Aros, Mon Apr 11 19:10
                  ...It is only fair to offer 'the benefit of the doubt' to all the witnesses and as you say, most were truth tellers, at least six seem quite reliable. We have people caught in the moment and others... more
                  • TestimoniesJones, Tue Apr 12 12:42
                    I found value in all the testimonies. Even those, that for whatever reason, are incorrect. Regarding the testimony: I think people under estimate how much is missing. Ike spent two or three days... more
                    • Testmonies, are there missing bits.Gail Allan, Tue Apr 12 21:02
                      I do not think there are missing parts of the testimony. Here's why. We have the original court reporters pages, and the Nugget's reporting for the Coroner's inquest. Keep in mind the Nugget's reporte... more
                      • re: are there missing bitsJones, Wed Apr 13 10:32
                        Ike Clanton's testimony November 9-15, 1881 Ike spent four days in the court room. The entirety of his testimony can be read aloud in one hour. That's a lot of court room time for what little verb... more
                        • Testimonies and courtroom time.Gail Allan, Wed Apr 13 12:06
                          Jones if you've ever been in a courtroom you'll know it takes a lot more time to get the work done than just the time it would take to read the transcripts out loud. I was in a jury on a medical malpr... more
                          • re: Testimonies and courtroom timeJones, Wed Apr 13 13:18
                            I've managed to dodge jury duty up to this point so I'll take your word for it. I didn't realize that only one hour of the spoken word was the norm for a weeks worth of testimony. Only the government... more
                    • Testimonies...Joyce A. Aros, Tue Apr 12 17:22
                      I am evaluating the whole thing from the existing recorded testimonies. I do not change a word. I know that there are sure to be many other words spoken at the time but we don't have those, do we? So ... more
                      • Jones/follow up to testimonies.....Joyce A. Aros, Tue Apr 12 18:21
                        ...please note in Virgil's testimony how he focuses on Billy Clanton, completely condensing the whole scenario by eliminating the attack on Frank and the shotgun blast at Tom. Virgil focuses totall... more
                        • re: testimoniesJones, Tue Apr 12 20:49
                          Agree with you on the Earp brothers story. I think the video is plenty clear about my opinion of the lawman story. I think they chose Billy as the initial shooter because he was farthest into the va... more
    • WOW! Very interesting. Thank you, Jones.Bob Cash, Sat Apr 09 16:16
      This will re-ignite hours of debate over a measly 30 seconds. I'll Jerry Prather point out one major error. Jerry Prather Billy's horse Tue May 25, 2021 8:10 Was Billy Clanton's horse in the l... more
      • Horse(s)Jones, Sun Apr 10 11:12
        Thank you. There could easily enough be two horses there. Plenty of contradicting info as to whether there's one or two. I never really attempted to make a call on this one because it doesn't mak... more
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