Dan Brown
He shot the sheriff but he did not shoot
Sun Oct 23, 18:17

the deputy...Far be it from me to point out the flaw in this jewel, but the article contains an anecdote about Earp, not an actual quote. Nor is it an example of Earp boasting of his shooting the sheriff...

This is not to say Earp did not boast while in Alaska or elsewhere. I suspect that he felt ambivalent about his gunfighting. I also suspect he also felt good about being a bad ass.


  • Re: ArticleB.J., Thu Oct 13 3:03
    Peter, this is nonsense. Kinda like the midget mounty story.
    • He shot the sheriff but he did not shoot — Dan Brown, Sun Oct 23 18:17
      • Re: He shot the sheriff but he did not shootPeter Love, Mon Oct 24 15:45
        Dan True, but it would be an example of his LYING about shooting the sheriff. This article appears written entirely for an Australian audience. The name “Earp” would have been unknown at that time.... more
        • Re: Re: He shot the sheriff but he did not shootDan Brown, Tue Oct 25 9:50
          Sorry, but you're being led by a story in an Australian paper. Again, the article mentions Earp anecdotally - Earp is not actually present. He is not directly quoted as boasting about shooting a sheriff.... more
        • Peter, there is NO credible evidence of Earp bragging to Parson's or anybody else. Any journalist who ever interviewed Earp ended up frustrated trying to elicit any information. ... more
          • One commentPeter Love, Tue Oct 25 17:51
            BJ The idea that only Wyatt Earp, one man, could tell the true story of the west, seems absurd.
            • Another spin....B.J., Wed Oct 26 2:57
              The context of Bat's statement was Wyatt's time in the west.
            • Peter/ it seemed to me...Joyce A. Aros, Tue Oct 25 18:15
              ...Parsons had a bad case of Idol worship for a man his age. His posed photo also seems to suggest he saw himself as more than he really was. I always wondered why he was so quiet about Virgil's comradery... more
              • Re: Peter/ it seemed to me...Peter Love, Thu Oct 27 0:23
                Joyce Yes, it’s hard not to get the impression he was, in some ways, a bit of the “tenderfoot “ although he did become a leading Vigilante later. And he was a stiriver like many of them, and had a... more
    • Re: Re: ArticlePeter Love, Thu Oct 13 16:31
      BJ What makes you say this is nonsense though? IMO it’s not particularly damning of Wyatt. But it’s an indication that the notion of “Quiet Wyatt”, a man who wanted to escape his reputation and... more
      • Re: Re: Re: ArticleB.J., Thu Oct 13 18:30
        Peter, you seem really caught up on the 19th century Hollywood version of click-bait. There is no credible evidence that Wyatt Earp claimed to have shot the Sheriff. Why would he have ever said that?... more