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Wyatt Earp: The Great American… Villain?

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The history books (and Hollywood) often describe the famous lawman, Wyatt Earp, as many things: brave, courageous, moral, law-abiding, and honorable. In the story of the “Gunfight at the OK Corral,” Earp is often portrayed as the hero, the good guy we all should be rooting for. In truth, Wyatt Earp was a much more complicated individual who, among other things, was arrested several times in his life for various offenses, involved in a few major scandals (sometimes on the “bad guy” side), and otherwise seemed to be an individual who balanced precariously on that line between a life as a criminal and a life as a lawman.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/21/the-wyatt-earp-myth-america-s-most-famous-vigilante-wasn-t.html
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https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ru/image-87303302/stock-photo-a-wooden-frame-full-of-wanted-posters
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wyatt_earp_1870s.jpg
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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virgil_Earp.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wyatt_Earp_1.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wyatt_Earp_1869.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buffalo_Hunting_in_the_Summer_1822.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:James_Earp.jpg
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22 thoughts on “Wyatt Earp: The Great American… Villain?

  1. Even the recent movies that glorified him, showed his dark side. in Kurt Russel's movie was walked into a bar and declared himself the owner and he'd be back for his money. Doc Holiday saved his life in that moment. In Kevin Costner's movie while drunk begs for money and immediately beats and robs the guy who offered him food instead.

  2. Not really a big shock….I would say that the majority of lawmen back then were….let's say, "naughty'….They were perfectly suited for the role. I understand it, why not? These guys were brave, assertive, and feared. Let's not fail to mention, a man wearing a badge is one less bad guy on the other side….Let's leave those details for another discussion… 😉

  3. The "Messy fights that ensued" Earp tracked down the cowboys and killed them after they ambushed his brothers. I guess that would have put to much sympathy toward Earp and Simon could not hide Earps heroism if he talked about those "messy fights."

  4. I’m going to have a tantrum here. Not even entertaining this video today, maybe tomorrow though. Consider this Earp was a LEO and your dragging him down when no real evidence of guilt or innocence exists today, only paperwork and story books from the day sort of. Yet there are thousands of corrupt LEO on YouTube being filmed braking the law and no one cares. Fucking americans, priorities people.

  5. There are serious reasons to believe that Clay Allison was bat-sh*t crazy, and even crazier when he was drunk. I think if he'd not cried off, Wyatt would have killed him. Guys who actually saw Wyatt in action, said he apparently had ice-water instead of blood: he was utterly cool and would calmly take aim, fire and hit what he aimed at. This is the opposite of Clay Allison's method.

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