...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.
...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
opinion Lyttleton Price did not have the intestinal fortitude to prosecute the bad men of Cochise. Somebody please cite the cases of bad guys of Copchise prosecuted by Lyttleton Price. Meanwhile, I'll... more
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
...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
...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
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
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
"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
...disagree again! I hope I am not being terribly obstinate, but my sense of fair play does extend to the cowboys a little more than those sleazy Earps. You might find I have little respect for the... more
First of all, Joyce, I am 72, so I am not and hve not accused anybody of dementia. I am saying that 40 or 50 years after an event memories can get hazy and they can become ultra-sharp, even remembering... more
...you put up a good argument and I didn't mean to suggest you accused anyone of dementia; just that youngsters often view us as on the verge. I can't argue with you on this particular presentation; I... more
Shucks... — sharon Cunningham,Tue Aug 23 2022 8:32
Just give yourself 8 more years and you'll be defensive!!
Bob/ just to clear up my garble... — Joyce A. Aros,Tue Aug 02 2022 8:08
Bob It was not just after the stage attack but 24 hours later. Bechdolt also says this, "Knew his bronco as soon as I saw that blazed face show," John Slaughter said in explanation of his quick... more