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Death Threats in Tombstone

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In the aftermath of the O.K. Corral hearing, the cowboy gang were not willing to accept Judge Spicer’s verdict. The Earps were found justified in their actions during the gunfight. There would be no murder trial. After the hearing was over, several Earp associates and also Judge Spicer received letters warning them to leave town. On December 14, 1881, the night stage from Tombstone was attacked and fired upon. John Clum, Tombstone’s town mayor narrowly escaped the shooting. In a letter to Stuart N. Lake (Wyatt Earp’s biographer) dated January 24, 1929, he described the event as: