John Ringo, The Final Hours

John Ringo, The Final Hours


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ISBN-13: 9780963177247
Publisher: Talei Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2001
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 8.96(w) x 12.28(h) x 1.81(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude: "Ringo had to go"1
Beginning Note21
1Anatomy of a Killing25
2Assassin in the Chiricahuas59
3Ringo at Myers Cienaga69
4For a Hundred Dollars in Gold87
5A Camp in the Woods97
6"The Man Chosen By History"105
7"What Be the Sum Total of a Man's Life?"113
8The Moment of Death125
9"Keep Your Enemies Close"133
10An Act of Self Destruction?147
11Buckskin Frank Gets a Helper159
12The Second Bullet167
Author's Working Notes and Documentation183
Statement for the information of the Coroner: Compiled at the Ringo death scene185
"a stinking mess": Correspondence from Robert Boller to Frank King189
The Coroner's Certificate of John Ringo's death193
"Cause of death Unknown..."193
"...burns and grain flecks would have been minimal..."194
"It seems strange...": Ringo's horse located195
Ringo versus Holliday197
"a cold reception"208
No Welcome Mat in Sonora209
John Ringo's Trip to California211
Profile: Pete Spencer217
Fatal Accident: Death of Joe Hill221
"Never done nothin' to me personal" (from Buckskin Frank Leslie, Gunman of Tombstone)223
"He shot John Ringo. I saw him do it." (from Tombstone's Billy-The-Kid)224
"The life of the party" (from And Die In The West)227
Pistol-whipping Buckskin Frank229
"Got another quart" (from Tombstone's Yesterday)229
"...the most shadowy of all..." (from John Ringo, The Gunfighter Who Never Was)230
Michael M. Hickey to Ben T. Traywick (Correspondence dated September 23, 1993 Re: Fred Dodge-Stuart Lake letters)233
Fred Dodge lays down a smokescreen?242
"Death of John Ringo": The official announcement of the outlaw's death (Excerpted from the Tombstone Epitaph July 18, 1882 edition)245
"A legend was begun": Buckskin Frank Leslie251
"A faithful listener": A letter from a 106-year-old man255
"Sheriff Behan came that close..."265
Michael M. Hickey to Ben T. Traywick (Correspondence dated January 28, 1994 Re: Pacific Region Planetary Data Center)268
"Crimes are not always to be solved by logical deduction" (from Tombstone, An Iliad of the Southwest)271
"...footsteps in the hallway": The Widow Patterson277
"He wanted respect": Deputy Sheriff William M. Breakenridge283
Name of Johnny Ringo's Killer is lost to history (The Associated Press Reprinted from the Arizona Daily Star May 28, 1989 edition)290
"One shot was fired" (Excerpted from the unpublished manuscript An Arizona Vendetta (The Truth About Wyatt Earp-And Some Others))291
"...I ended his career" (Excerpted from the story Did Wyatt Earp Kill Ringo? Historian Says It's Possible By Bob Thomas as told by John D. Gilchriese)293
Who Killed John Ringo? (Excerpted from the story Who Killed John Ringo? By Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp Edited by Glenn G. Boyer)299
"...the whereabouts of Doc Holliday at the time of Ringo's death" (Excerpted from the story Johnny Ringo! The Elusive Man Behind the Myth)309
"...a closer look"320
Tracking Wyatt Earp in July 1882321
"...nothing more than a subterfuge" (Excerpted from the essay Doc Holliday in the book, Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier)327
" was all for naught": F. A. Tritle, Governor of Arizona Territory332
"Republicans having to protect Republicans": Fred Pitkin, Governor of Colorado334
"...he played his part well": Robert H. 'Bob' Paul, Sheriff of Pima County336
" in the hot-seat": Crawley P. Dake, U.S. Marshal for Arizona Territory338
"...a discreet level of cooperation": General Orlando B. Willcox, Military Commander for the Department of Arizona341
"...the Posse Comitatus": Chester A. Arthur, President of the United States343
"Buckskin Frank Leslie called in the marker..." (Ben T. Traywick to Michael M. Hickey Correspondence dated February 4, 1994)349
"Don't be afraid, it's nothing" (From Tombstone's Buckskin Frank)353
"Violence begat violence" (Excerpted from the article Retire Peaceably To Your Homes: Arizona Faces Martial Law, 1882)359
"...the sanction of the Government" (Crawley P. Dake to Wayne MacVeagh Correspondence dated May 30, 1881)366
"...threaten to take revenge": J. W. Evans to Crawley P. Dake368
"Have sent Deputy and Posse after Cowboys" (Crawley P. Dake to Wayne MacVeagh Telegram dated August 5, 1881)369
"the seal of the Attorney General of the United States"370
Who says the Military didn't cooperate?373
"...capture and bring to justice the Leaders of these desperadoes" (John J. Gosper to Attorney General of the United States Correspondence dated August 18, 1881)375
The "Secret": The legend behind the legend377
"Wyatt Earp's Federal Posse" (Ben T. Traywick to Michael M. Hickey Correspondence dated March 24, 1994)437
"...for the time being." (Michael M. Hickey to Ben T. Traywick Correspondence dated April 1, 1994)441
"...the debate will never end": Michael M. Hickey versus Paul R. Taylor451
Author's Selected Bibliography455

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First let me say that I am a friend of the author and have been for over ten years Having said that, I would like to state my opinion of this new work. This is another Michael M. Hickey large book, you might say coffee-table size, much like the author¿s previous book on Warren Earp. This one has 496 pages cover-to-cover, with well over 100 photos, original oil paintings, documents, and maps (24 pages contains photos or documents that are believed to have never been published before). It is a magnificent volume to behold. It is hard to take your eyes off the Mike James artwork on the dust jacket cover, both front and back. There is a pull-out map of Cochise County with all of the important locations in the Tombstone saga, Wyatt Earp¿s Vendetta, and the locations of the events of John Ringo¿s last days clearly marked with colored indicators. This map is absolutely fantastic. The other side of the fold-out features crisp copies of some of Mike James¿ colorful oil paintings of Ringo and of important people and places during the subject¿s last days. How Ringo met his death is one of the most controversial mysteries in western history. Many scholars believe that Ringo took his own life. There are already several excellent books and articles which take this point of view. Michael M. Hickey, however, after spending a period of several months in Cochise County where he personally interviewed pioneer descendents (including some whose relatives viewed Ringo¿s body), and after prolonged research, paints his readers a different picture. According to this manuscript, John Ringo was assassinated. The author describes in detail all the who¿s, what¿s, where¿s, when¿s, how¿s and especially the why¿s. Speaking of the why¿s, readers of this book will benefit from a brilliant analysis by the author of the local politics at the time of Ringo¿s death in July, 1882. As one who has studied the Tombstone saga for 30 years, it amazes me how many of the notable cow-boys and lawmen of the early days of Tombstone met violent deaths. A chapter called ¿The Secret¿ is one not to be overlooked for the author¿s insight into the real reason behind the deaths of characters like Bill Leonard, Harry Head, and the Haslett Brothers. There are most interesting sections in this chapter on the massacre at Skeleton Canyon and a new prospective on the retribution at Guadalupe Canyon. Actually the book is divided into two halves. The first half contains ten chapters which chronicle Ringo¿s last days up to and including his murder. The second half contains the author¿s working notes and documentation. It is important to note that both halves are presented in a totally reader-friendly format. This is Michael M. Hickey¿s style. He refuses to allow his readers to get bogged down in straight text with microscopic type. Instead, photos and documents, maps and illustrations seem to be everywhere. The text is of a size that is easy on the eyes. There is an introduction, analysis and commentary by Tombstone historian Ben T. Traywick, a foreword and debate with the author by Paul R. Taylor, and much more to this book than can be stated without running the risk of ruining the absolute joy of reading it. For years many scholars and enthusiasts alike have argued that the explanation of suicide is unsatisfactory for the death of the legendary John Ringo. Michael M. Hickey offers through this book intelligent and easy to follow reasons why Ringo was assassinated. The assassin is named. It makes perfect sense.