Joyce A. Aros
Bob/ just to clear up my garble...
Tue Aug 02, 7:08


...We are talking about the District Attorney questioning witnesses on or about July 9, 1881, not 40 years later. His conclusion, after interviewing men such as Frank Vaughn and John Slaughter, that "...there was not the slightest evidence to show the guilt of the defendant; that the statements of the witnesses did not even amount to a SUSPICION of wrongdoing..." blows me away!

I realize my reaction is just my opinion, but it seems a real stretch for a DA to reject sufficient cause for suspicion from reputable witnesses without further investigation unless there is a motive unaccounted for.

Let's not forget that the NUGGET of July 6, 1881, reported that Holliday was arrested on July 5th. and was charged with TWO separate charges! One was Federal, attempting to rob the U.S. Mail. This was set for November but because he was involved in the Hearing regarding the Fremont street shoot-out, it was moved up several months.

The other charge was Territorial, the murder of Bud Philpot. It was continued to July 6th, 1882 at 9:00 am. Amazingly, right about the time Holliday and his buddies skipped the territory! Could it get any better? As a result of his not hanging around, it appears no one is willing to accept the idea he might have indeed been involved in the Benson stage attempt.

Pays to have good connections, then as now!

  • Hi Bob/ no argument there, but...Joyce A. Aros, Mon Aug 01 19:43
    ...my concern was that the DA , Price, sloughed it off so casually. His references to witnesses that were not named bother me. Even though we now understand that testimony or reference information by men... more
    • Re: Hi Bob/ no argument there, but...Bob Cash, Tue Aug 02 14:39
      Joyce, you state: "...my concern was that the DA , Price, sloughed it off so casually. His references to witnesses that were not named bother me. Even though we now understand that testimony or reference... more
      • Bob, refer to my 'clear up my garble' postt...Joyce A. Aros, Tue Aug 02 17:28
        ...and maybe I will make more sense. There seem to be several differing accounts of Slaughter's recognizing Holliday and I have not heard anything anywhere about Ike Clanton following him to rob... more
        • Where did Vaughn's accounts appear and when?
          • Bob/ Vaughn's accounts.....Joyce A. Aros, Wed Aug 03 8:57
            ...Frank Vaughn is an interesting man, apparently. His record as an Arizona pioneer at a time when everyday life became an opportunity for greater things for almost everyone who wanted to progress is a... more
            • Re: Bob/ Vaughn's accounts.....Bob Cash, Fri Aug 05 12:33
              I find nothing in my research of Frank Vaughn to suggest he was anything but an upstanding citizen. However, as I pointed out in a previous post, many "eyewitnesses" of Tombstone events apparently related... more
              • Not only Vaughn...Joyce A. Aros, Sat Aug 06 4:30
                Integrity is crucial in an investigation, as you say, but my concern from the beginning is why did the DA write it all off with a flip "...not even a suspicion..." It appears that even with substantial... more
    • Bob/ just to clear up my garble... — Joyce A. Aros, Tue Aug 02 7:08