End of the day, all considered, what it comes down to, I suppose, is how one weighs the importance of one fact or factor against or over another, and ultimately that is a subjective matter. My own interpretive bias, needless to say, leans in the direction of placing greater emphasis upon the collected and collective biographical and psychological facts of Ringo's life than the details you've listed.
Why that specific bias? Because my own personal experience, life experience, has impressed upon me that many if not most otherwise apparently unanswerable questions with respect to human behavior can be answered, or at least explained in large part, by investigating a person's past, that private, more intimate history which typically provides the necessary context for getting at some approximation of the truth.
That said, those details cannot and should not be ignored, they need to be considered and accounted for to the extent that that is possible, and when taken in sum they must give one reasonable pause, but in my opinion, while they are of pertinent interest, the deciding issues for me remain the ones I've stated. (You mention law enforcement officers. Are you including in that group forensic profilers and psychologists?)
Anyway, what has any of this to do with why Wyatt Earp concocted his incredulous story? I have my own speculation about that, but that's all that it is.
Olds, I'm pretty sure that this means it was a reprint from the TOMBSTONE PROSPRECTOR newspaper. Gatto believes Ringo committed suicide. Because of the upside down gun belt, the missing piece of... more
if the source of those statements was a newspaper and not a person--and thanks for setting me straight on that--it changes nothing save to discredit that newspaper owing to its appalling lack of journalistic... more
olds, you asked: You mention law enforcement officers. Are you including in that group forensic profilers and psychologists? I don't know. At least two are still posting, one who says Ringo's death is... more
I've always leaned toward Ringo shooting himself....but, that letter in Ringo's pocket at the time of his death gives me pause. The letter was from the law office of James A. Zabriskie. Zabriskie was... more
I don't know anything about the Tiffany case, Robert, but wasn't Zabriskie a top notch defense lawyer? Maybe it had something to do with charges against Ringo concerning shooting the guy for not accepting... more
Bob, Zabriskie was the United States Disrict Attorney for the Territory of Arizona at that time. Actually, Zabriskie was named to that position a few days after Ringo's death if my memory is correct.... more
Thank you so much, Robert, for pointing out that independent researchers could lon into the JSTOR site. Over the last 15 years or so I have again and again pulled up the first pages of articles I wanted... more
Bob,it sounds like you have some catching up to do on JSTOR. I'll get you started with one of my favorite articles on the site. It was published in 1970 by the Montana Historical Society and written... more
Thank you again, Robert. I truly appreciate it. This guy Robetts had some pretty interesting ideas about the street fight 53 years ago. I wonder if he ever followed up with anything else on the subject.... more