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December 16, 2014

The Real "Doc" Holliday

The violence only took thirty seconds,
left three men dead, and several men injured. While no one knows for sure who fired first, it was Doc’s bullet that first rendered a fatal shot. It is even written in some accounts that Clanton was not armed. But finding the truth about what happened in that gunfight is about as difficult as finding Bigfoot. In the end, Holliday, along with Earp, was put on trial for murder. He was exonerated, but several attempts were made on his life over the next few years. He eventually made his way to Colorado where he increasingly became dependent on alcohol and opium as his health deteriorated.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 16, 2014 9:33 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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There's no evidence that Doc Holliday ever shot anyone before the OK Corral shoot out. Not even stories of it or eyewitnesses. He possibly got by on the reputation of being someone with nothing to lose and fearless because of his condition and past life, which seems to have been quite tragic.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 16, 2014 1:04 PM

The best part of Kirk Douglas's interpretation of Doc Holliday was the part where his hoe pisses him off in the hotel room and he throws the knife in his hand at her, just missing her and sticking in the wall next to her skall. There's no fakin' that stuff.

Movies used to have actors.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 16, 2014 1:07 PM

Virgil testified that in the last moments, as everyone was reaching for their firearms, he exclaimed "Hold on, I don't want that." Too late. Once the firing began, it was a race to see who gets carried by six, or judged by 12.

I think that's why this story remains enduring. So well documented, so many layers, so much passion. It's got something for everybody. Southerners versus Unionists, Democrats versus Republicans, wild cowboys versus townies, rustlers versus the law, the perils of firearms confiscation.

Just remember the lesson. Once one firearm is drawn, anything can happen, and the race is on to the courthouse or the dirtnap.

Posted by: John A. Fleming [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 16, 2014 1:38 PM

If I draw my weapon I'll shoot to kill.
Simple as that.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 17, 2014 12:09 AM

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