Joyce A. Aros
Jones, who shot Frank...
Wed Apr 13, 2022 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 couple of steps, it appears because the ranchers had not reached for their guns, Doc felt the need to provoke a response thinking Frank would go for his gun and therefore be the first shooter or provocative gunman. I admit that is a guess but a logical one considering that Addie said shots came from that immediate encounter and Frank immediately turned and staggered toward her or her general direction.

At least, that is the way I follow it. I find the witness testimony, as do you, quite reliable, except for the Earp side. They had a lot to lose, but then...I am not so sure about that. I think the Defense lawyer and Spicer were crooked as a dog's hind leg!

Jones, you can always depend on me to offer an alternative examination!
Thank you for your patience.

Frank's shock and response to being shot was what warned Tom to turn away as the shotgun came up at him. Frank did not turn away before being shot.

He did not stagger down the walkway, that was Tom right after. Frank made it, according to witnesses, across most of the street pulling his horse along. At some point he was able to stop, perhaps in holding the horse for support as it was acting up, and he turned to steady his gunhand to aim at Doc, who was approaching him still carrying the shotgun in hand.

There is no doubt Frank was gut-shot at the outset as Dr. Matthews described his belly would as well as the kill shot to the head. You don't get a gut shot in the back as you are moving away. There were only two shots initially, one from Doc, one from Morgan at Billy. That's when Frank turned and went to the street. The other side of the street was where his body was found.

I'd still like to know how Addie never mentioned Frank in the street, not even as he first turned toward her direction. She was very uncomfortable or very strictly rehearsed.

  • Who shot FrankJones, Tue Apr 12 2022 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 2022 10:11
      • re: who shot FrankJones, Wed Apr 13 2022 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 "outset"... more
        • Jones; Frank turned...Joyce A. Aros, Wed Apr 13 2022 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 witnessed... more
          • re: Frank turnedJones, Wed Apr 13 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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 Morgan... more
                • Jerry/thank you!Joyce A. Aros, Thu Apr 14 2022 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 records... more
                  • What's in a nameJerry Prather, Thu Apr 14 2022 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, Colorado.... more