In Ed Bartholomews book, Wyatt Earp, The Man and the Myth, he asserts that Behan made a formal report on Jun 2 of Doc's alleged involvement in the Benson stage attempt. It was claimed that Kate had confided to Emma Parker (a madam) and that they later had a falling out. Parker told Ed Burn's wife, in a shooting match later Ed Burn's wife, yelled at Kate that her man at least did not rob stages or kill passengers.
Behan than had witnesses called for the hearing against Doc. The witness list was William Porterfield (a miner) Frank Mitchell and a J.S. Robinson. Behan also had information that a Maggie Irwin also had information on Doc's alleged involvement.
Are there any transcripts of the hearing? I don't know Mitchell or Robinson's involvement or who they were in Tombstone? Maggie Irwin is a mystery to me as well.
I am guessing that these witnesses were called because they overheard the allegations that the women made in public and were testifying to hearing the claims in public? This obviously is all hearsay, which is most likely why the complaint was thrown out.
Anyone have any more information on the witnesses or what they may have testified to? Or who is Maggie Irwin. Thanks
In Ed Bartholomews book, Wyatt Earp, The Man and the Myth, he asserts that Behan made a formal report on Jun 2 of Doc's alleged involvement in the Benson stage attempt. It was claimed that Kate had confided... more
...elusive that it constantly intrigues. It has to indicate that someone somewhere has some record of this whole thing with the Benson stage attack. There was amazingly little development of the story... more
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Joyce. However, everyone (including me) has an agenda. The difficulty is to review our work to recognize those instances where our bias has overridden facts. Once we recognize those errors, we have... more
I think bias is often over-used just because someone has accepted support for a certain viewpoint if the evidence can be supported. Not to be a public bore; and I have used it over and over...Ike... more
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But if it did not go to the grand jury, it was because Lyttleton Price didn't want it to. Price, according to some reports, would not prosecute any "bad man." Some folks just don't believe Price had... more
...No doubt you are correct, but I am chasing my tail not on the incident with Milt Joyce but on Holliday's connection with the Benson stage event. I felt the newspaper journalists did not do enough... more
in that era tended to be more sensational than they are today. One example I can cite is at least two accounts of the citizens (they are not specifically named in the Epitaph report except that they were... more
sensationalism and racism when they are reporting what John Behan said? HE gave a long testimony of his meeting with the Chinese concluded by saying that "John Chinaman would leave when he got good... more
For me, racism is rather easy to spot and this (story) shouts its racism and sensationalism rather loud. Yes, many Tombstonites of the late 1800s wanted the Chinese to leave the city. They wanted the... more
Race: An athletic event in which a number of human beings travel a specific distance using their legs to get from point A to point B in as little time as possible. The one who travels the fastest and... more
...concrete answers. One can only try to connect the dots, apply reason and logic. It is like a Detective on a dead murder case; constant alertness to any clue down the road and sometimes the truth begins... more
Behan's witnesses against Doc/Benson stage — jbfrey,Tue Dec 27 2022 18:46
Hi Bruce In his haste to sling mud at Holliday and Earp, I think Bartholomew made a mistake in regards to what he wrote on page 153 of his book. I think the Territory Vs. J. H. Holliday was a felony... more