Joyce A. Aros
Casey/ 'on sight' comment...
Tue Nov 15, 8:09


Your first reflection about Behan is interesting, but I think there is more to it. I don't recognize Virgil's comment as more volatile than one or two of his others that day, but certainly it gives us the understanding that Virgil himself is volatile. Especially in light of the fact that he has had no contact or exchange with the troublemakers he is referring to. Other than some agitation with Ike the night before and earlier in the forenoon, all is quiet as Ike is under control, so to speak, and has made no further comments about the whole thing. At least not publicly. Let's not forget that Ike was NOT the instigator in either confrontation.

Behan was more diplomatic, less inclined to consider himself the 'man-of-the-hour' and though he did not repeat those exact words in the courtroom, as Steve pointed out, that does not support the idea they were never said or that Behan did not take them seriously. His focus was clearly on what he saw in Virgil an explosive situation and he attempted to get some control without an actual confrontation. He behaved correctly, as an experienced lawman should have.

However, unless we are all as numb as was the Prosecution team, we should be able to grasp the serious nature of Virgil's attitude and words, even if the whole expression was not emphasized. There was almost no provocation and yet Virgil is out in the middle of the intersection with a shotgun, and with of all people, DOC HOLLIDAY! Does one really need further exclamation in order to get the understanding that Virgil is the guy in charge, hot-headed, and as yet, other than an earlier grievance with Ike who is now quiet, is ready to fight to the death with men he has had no contact with?

Behan did not, I assume, forget anything of importance. He knew that what he DID say should have been clear enough to intelligent men. Especially as all in the courtroom were now fully aware of what the result was.

  • Kill them on sightCasey Tefertiller, Tue Nov 15 4:20
    Steve, Thank you for that. If Virgil did make the “on sight” comment, all of the following would have to be true: 1 Behan managed to forget the most volatile comment of the day. Either that,... more
    • Are the prosecution a Dream Team?Tom Gaumer, Thu Nov 17 0:35
      Casey Let's take a look at one example of their work as an example of their "dream team" ability. Albert Billicke testifying about Tom acquiring a gun from a butcher rather than a gun store or the... more
    • Re: Kill them on sightSteve Gatto, Wed Nov 16 11:15
      Casey, You're trying to rationalize what was said in the conversation prior to the gunfight with what occurred (or did not occur) during the preliminary hearing to reach the position you favor - that... more
      • Re: Re: Kill them on sightCasey Tefertiller, Thu Nov 17 9:13
        Steve, Thanks for those interesting thoughts. Yes, I guess that Fellehy could have been terrorized by the Earps, or he could have been running away from seagulls with Tippi Hedron. Anything is... more
        • Casey/ I have to wonder...Joyce A. Aros, Thu Nov 17 10:01
          ...why you think the Nugget should have made a major issue out of the 'kill them on sight" comment. The Nugget missed making an issue over quite a few comments in testimony that were just as serious. They... more
    • Casey/ 'on sight' comment... — Joyce A. Aros, Tue Nov 15 8:09
      • Virgil the reluctant warrior?B.J., Wed Nov 16 16:12
        I seem to remember reading somewhere that Virgil had to be awakened multiple times that morning, including by one of his Deputy’s about Ike’s loud, public, heeled and aggressive behavior. Also remember... more
        • BJ/ Ike's what?...Joyce A. Aros, Thu Nov 17 7:50
          ...I think loud, aggressive behaviour is a slight exaggeration, don't you? Ike was in a couple of Saloons, but so was every other man in town who was awake. There was no other place to go. Ike spoke... more
          • Re: BJ/ Ike's what?...B.J., Thu Nov 17 17:38
            From what you are assessing, Deputy Bronk (sp?) exaggerated Ike’s behavior and he should not have tried to elicit action from Virgil Earp? 🤔
            • Bumbling Bronk...Joyce A. Aros, Thu Nov 17 18:48
              Well, I don't know if officer Bronk exaggerated Ike's behaviour or not, but according to Virgil, Bronk seemed a little pre-occupied before he informed Virgil that he was at death's door. This while Bronk... more
              • Bronk's pre-occupation...Joyce A. Aros, Fri Nov 18 11:03
                Well, BJ, as you may have noticed by now, I not only have a suspicious nature but am inclined to read every few lines with an "...wait a minute. something doesn't sound right here!..." attitude. It slows... more
              • Re: Bumbling Bronk...B.J., Thu Nov 17 19:22
                Joyce, I’m trying to understand your train of thought so I appreciate your patience per my limited education level and cognitive deficits. I also remember reading that other citizens were very concerned... more