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The O.K. Corral Inquest (Early West) Reissue Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0932702142
ISBN-10: 0932702147
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Product Details

  • Series: Early West
  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Early West; Reissue edition (December 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932702147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932702142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
On a cold and windy October day in Tombstone, Arizona, Virgil Earp, his two brothers, and Doc Holliday shot and killed three local men. The Earp party was allegedly acting under color of office and within the loose constraints allowed 19th century peace officers in southwestern boom towns.
For the past 117 years partisans for both sides have argued over the O. K. Corral gunfight. With the publication of this book, editor Turner brushed away the mist of time to reveal the thoughts and actions of the participants and some witnesses on that violent day so revered by believers of the western myth.
Turner divided his book into four parts: (1)prologue; (2) verbatim reproduction of the coroner's inquest; (3) the Spicer hearing to determine if a murder charge against the Earp party was warranted; and (4) an appendix for miscellaneous papers and documents of special interest. The inquest testimony covers the statements of eight witnesses. Upon its conclusion, the jurors decided the deceased expired from gunshot wounds inflicted by the Earp party.
An evidentiary hearing was held before Justice of the Peace Wells Spicer. The impetus for the hearing was a filing of a criminal complaint by Joseph Clanton, brother of one of the deceased. During the 31 day hearing a large volume of testimony was taken and reduced to statements by the court reporter. Spicer then rendered a detailed decision which exonerated the Earps and Holliday. Clanton refused to accept the decision and subsequently filed three more murder complaints against the Earps and Holliday. All three of the complaints were ultimately dismissed. What Clanton, his cohorts, and a surviving McLaury did next is detailed in numerous other books written about Wyatt Earp.
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The research and revelation of new insight over the years from newly revealed (as of each writing) information always
adds more to the story. The history is never going to be black and white and clear as day. All that can be done
is to keep reading up on what is being discovered and we all have to make our own conclusions. This book is pretty much
straightforward what it was described to be.
Quality of the seller and product is very good and recommended.
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Anyone who has read or heard anything about Wyatt Earp must surely know that he is the most controversial character in the old west. This book, perhaps more than any other, helps to explain why. Its editor, Alford Turner, should be commended for pulling it together, for his advisory notes, and for the even handed manner in which the information is presented. After reading the book, one can clearly see how and why Wyatt Earp's otherwise sterling reputation was so besmirched.

For, based upon the information presented, one will most likely conclude that if the friends and allies of the "cow-boys" killed near the O. K. Corral were correct in their belief that no one other than themselves had seen the confrontation, and if only their testimony had been presented; Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan Earp and John "Doc" Holliday would surely have been bound over for trial, likely convicted, and probably hanged. On the other hand, it is just as clear that if all the testimony of the interested parties on both sides was tossed out and only the physical evidence and the testimonies of the uninvolved, unbiased, and disinterested parties were considered; the Earps and John Holliday would have been completely exonerated.

Judge Spicer's findings appear to have taken all this into account since he took the proper course of action by absolving the Earps and Holiday of any wrong-doing. And remarkably, at least to me, he did this with full knowledge that Sheriff Behan, Ike Clanton, Billy Claiborne and others had perjured themselves to gain a conviction and that given his findings and their reputations he might well have been placing his own life in jeopardy. (Would that we had judges like that today!
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