It wasnt the sheriff or his deputies that got to him. It was cattlemen. He jumped on a cattlemens horse so the cattle company chased him down and took care of business themselves. Thats how things went back then. If you were a good upstanding citizen then you basically had the right to take the law into your own hands and murder another man. And I agree 100% that he was killed for stealing the horse instead of killing a man. Horse theft was a MAJOR offense in that time.
ebick wrote:No, Ed, you misread me. I was trying to say that his challenge (presumable to a dual or result of the stranger not leaving Felina) would have been overlooked by the masses or handled by the sheriff and likely he would have overlooked it as well.strumminsix wrote:There was not "cold blooded murder". It was a challenge ("my challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat").Don't know that it was the sheriff that picked him off in the end......
In the west that was often overlooked or handled by the sheriff.
"Back in El Paso, my life would be worthless"
"Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys, off to my left ride a dozen or more"
I don't think it was the sheriff.....I think it was his homies.
Also I agree it was not the sheriff at the end but either the strangers "homies" or a posse to pick up a horse thief.