"Hands Up" at the O.K. Corral

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At the O.K. Corral, surviving cowboys later testified that they raised their hands, offering no resistance, and were shot in cold blood by the Earps. [1]

The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurred October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. Today, 133 years after the 30-second confrontation, it is still disputed as to what precisely happened. Back then, the “news” purveyors were not all basically marching in lockstep; back then, the different newspapers gave different accounts of what had happened. [1]

In yesterday’s blog entry, the Hollywood fable of 1881 Tombstone was leaned upon to describe the modern-day showdown between Russia and the United States. President Barack Obama was portrayed as the Johnny Behan of the tale. In the trivial understanding, Sheriff Johnny Behan was covertly allied with the cowboys and made wishy-washy attempts to placate the Earps. But Behan and Wyatt Earp had at least one thing in common: they both had shared the favors of Josephine “Sadie” Marcus, a loose woman of the time. (Background: Catfight At the O.K. Corral, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 21, 2014.)

“Loose woman” is a neutral term, for Sadie Marcus may have been a prostitute. In 1976, the book, I Married Wyatt Earp, appeared. Originally published by the respected University of Arizona Press, it purported to be a memoir of Wyatt Earp’s widow Josephine Earp, a.k.a., Sadie Marcus. Editor Glenn Boyer said that the retouched image on the book’s cover of a scantily-clad woman was of Josephine in her 20s. (See image hopefully at top.) [2]

Beginning around 1994, some authorities began to assert that the book, I Married Wyatt Earp, was a hoax. [2] However at least one knowledgeable person, D. Coleman, writing a review at the Amazon site on November 2, 2004, continued to support the authenticity of the book. He claimed that the major documentary sources of the book are all in the special collections of the University of Arizona library.

Adopting a neutral tone, the Amazon description of I Married Wyatt Earp calls it, “The highly controversial memoir of Wyatt Earp’s widow, who lived with him for 48 years after they both fled Tombstone in 1882.”

Johnny Behan (1844 – 1912) married one Victoria Zaff in 1869. She later divorced him, accusing him of consorting with prostitutes. Sadie Marcus had been Behan’s mistress, possibly as early as 1875, and certainly from 1880 until she found him in bed with another woman and kicked him out in mid-1881. [3]

At this same time, in 1881, Sadie Marcus met Wyatt Earp. Sadie met Earp while she was still living with Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan. [4]

Somewhere, years ago, I read that the battle in Tombstone between the Earps and the Cochise County Cowboys boiled down to a fight over who would control the town’s brothels. Unfortunately I cannot locate at this point the exact source. What I have found is that in 1872, in Peoria, Illinois, Wyatt Earp had been involved in the ownership and operation of a brothel there. Besides being a pimp in Peoria, Wyatt Earp also did the same later in Kansas. Reportedly also involved in this exploitation of female flesh were Wyatt’s brothers Virgil and Morgan, as well as “Doc” Holliday. Morgan Earp’s wife was a prostitute from one of these brothels. Virgil Earp’s wife was a Mormon girl “gone bad”. [5] Add to this that in 1881, the year of the O.K. Corral incident, Wyatt Earp had taken away Johnny Behan’s mistress, the “loose woman” Sadie Marcus, and it could well be that a root cause of the Tombstone conflict was a jealous battle over control of some women.

In Kansas, coincident to Wyatt Earp’s operating a brothel, Mattie Blaylock, a prostitute, became his second wife. Knowledge of her place in Wyatt’s life was concealed by Sadie Marcus, his later common-law wife. [6] The conflict between Johnny Behan and Wyatt Earp originated with jealousy over Sadie Marcus. [7]

What this all points to is an invisible feminine connection to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The feminine energies present there are not depicted in Hollywood tellings of the 1881 showdown. Instead we get a one-sided portrayal of macho man Earp heroically confronting unpardonable evil. Some experts have connected “shining knight” Earp with war propaganda, where the United States (Earp) reluctantly heads to the “O.K. Corral” to do battle with the enemy du jour. ISIS/ISIL, for instance, are the latest appearance of the Cochise County Cowboys. The low-down varmints are roughing up the town. Johnny Behan (Barack Obama) meekly tries to prevent the Earps and “Doc” Holliday from entering a final showdown at the “O.K. Corral.” Behan/Obama however is contemptuously pushed aside by the “exceptional” Wyatt Earp.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral”, Wikipedia, December 21, 2014.
[2] “I Married Wyatt Earp”, Wikipedia, December 21, 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Married_Wyatt_Earp
[3] “Johnny Behan”, Wikipedia, December 21, 2014.
[4] “Josephine Earp”, Wikipedia, December 21, 2014.
[5] “Wyatt Earp… Pimp in Peoria!”, http://clantongang.com/oldwest/pimpinpeoria.html
[6] “Mattie Blaylock”, Wikipedia, December 21, 2014.
[7] “Wyatt Earp”, Spartacus Educational, http://spartacus-educational.com/WWearpW.htm

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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