Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone

Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone

by Joyce Aros


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Four men waited and four men walked ... clearly a confrontation was coming. You've walked that walk before with the Earps and Doc Holliday through the streets of Tombstone always focused on the inevitable showdown with gunpowder. It never gets old.
But the distance is getting shorter; the distance between truth and the legend. This time we walk this walk with the cowboys.
The story has been told and retold and will go on being the one gunfight to remember above all. But should it not be told from the side of the cowboy as well? What was their purpose in coming to town on that chilly afternoon? How did they trigger, in little more than half an hour, a deadly confrontation with four of the Old West's most notable town tamers?
In Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone Joyce Aros carefully examines a minute by minute evaluation of the events as they unfolded before the eyes of the startled townsfolk that chilly October afternoon in 1881. Citing the Inquest and Hearing testimonies and comparing them to the various legends that have surrounded that fateful day for over a century, the author's presentation may just lead you to concur that Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton were Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone!

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ISBN-13: 9781939345004
Publisher: Goose Flats Publishing
Publication date: 10/26/2013
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone by Joyce Aros is an intriguing book about one of the most controversial events in America's late 1800s. Readers are transported to a Midwest lifestyle of cowboys, frontier men and women, farmers, raiders, saloons, gambling, and of course gunmen.  Late 1870s American western towns are home to many historical events, but none more notorious than the O.K Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, during which the lawmen and cowboys had it out on the street. Over time, word spread about the famous lawmen and friends who took out the "bad" cowboys on the streets of Tombstone. Almost every child growing up in America has heard of Wyatt Earp or Doc Holiday (the lawmen), but most have not heard of Newman Canton or the McLaury brothers, Tom and Frank (the cowboys). The author has set out to change the unknown facts of the so called "bad" cowboys. In this riveting, conversational-style book containing facts, word of mouth, and documented accounts of life in Tombstone, Arizona in 1870s, Joyce Aros describes factual events and opinions of Newman Canton, the McLaury brothers, and other cowboys, as well as the Earps.  Growing up in America and hearing the tale of the O.K. Corral, one would have never known what the cowboys were really like because they were depicted as bad men. Reading this book, deciphering fact from fiction, and getting another view on the well-known legend was refreshing. Although the author states various views throughout the book, she also provides documented sources to back up events with newspaper clippings and court documents of that time. Whether readers believe the Earp brothers were good or bad, or the cowboys were good or bad, they can respect the author's hard work and dedicated research of Tombstone Arizona and its residents, lawmen, and outlaws of the 1870s. It takes a lot of courage to bring out some truth, even if it is 200-something years prior. Bravo, Joyce Aros, on a great read.
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