In early November 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting in the master bedroom of the main house of the Empire Ranch across from author Joyce Aros. It was the Annual Fall Roundup fundraiser and we were both at the authors’ table to sell our respective books:
Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone by Joyce Aros
Southern Arizona’s Extraordinary History by Jim Gressinger
Often during the day we were not terribly busy and had a chance to converse. In effect, Ms. Aros told me that her research clearly found the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday guilty of intentionally murdering peace-loving, respectable ranchers Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton on October 26, 1881 near the OK Corral.
I mentioned several items that had led me to the conclusion that, while the Earps and Holliday were not angels, I did not find the evidence to support a charge of murder.
However, so sure and seemingly knowledgeable was she, my curiosity got the better of me, and so, at the end of the day, we exchanged books. And I agreed to write and publish a review.
Having now read Ms. Aros’ book with great care, I can say that she thoroughly researched and questioned every line of testimony in the court hearing following the Gunfight Near the OK Corral. For anyone fascinated by Tombstone’s history, her book is counterpoint to all the other books and movies about The Gunfight that paint the Earps as brave, heroic figures and the Cowboys as the dregs of the Arizona Territory.Read More