Born Saturday 18 March 1848
In the history of the old west, this was an important day because the man born on this day and called Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp, would play a role in producing one of the most memorable of all Old West Stories.
Wyatt Earp has been credited with many heroic deeds including a pivotal role in a gun battle that became known as “The Gunfight at O.K. Corral”. An event that is ground in historical fact became the subject of rumour, inuendo, exaggeration, lies, deception, avarice, artisitc license and more. It is now and always will be, one of the greatest legend of the old west.
I have always had a particular fascination with the law men of the old west. This was no doubt, in large part because I too was a law enforcement officer for nearly 20 years. The role of a police officer, whether you are called a Marshall, the Sheriff, a Constable or any other title, is a demanding job to hold at any time. I firmly believe, in the time of Wyatt Earp, the pressures of such a job were probably as great as any time in history. A time and place where outlaws could use the power of the gun to be a power unto themselves. A time when the law man could be gunned down in the street and the community would accept it as merely part of the job, something to be expected.
If you find the old west law men just as interesting as I do, on
Monday 28 February 2011
you will be able to follow me to a newly created page and read my own particular take on the life of this legendary defender of justice. If you are reading this page before then, sorry but the new page is still being finalised and will become live soon.