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Re: Outlaws of the Old West Page 5.

Posted: 21 Aug 2005 7:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Dec 2005 9:06AM GMT
Hi Marcia I don’t think I have any thing you don’t know already I could have E. Mail you this info but I thought others would like to read it to. Very little is known about Johnny Ringo personal life. The info I will give are short notes of History

1882- Arizona Territory- outlaw John Ringo's body was found sitting under a tree by passing teamster John Yoas, at the western end of Turkey Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains. A .45 slug entered his right temple and exited his left temple. Ringo's .45 had one spent cartridge in the pistol clutched in his right hand. Despite the lack of powder burns the coroner ruled it a suicide. Ringo had a college education and could speak Greek and Latin.

It is said that Wyatt Earp killed Johnny Ringo. It also said that Wyatt tracked Ringo to the Whetstone mountains and there killed him.

Johnny Ringo was in the Texas feud known as the Hoodoo Wars. On Nov. 7, 1876 after killing a range enemy known as Pete Bader Ringo was jailed but later escaped and went to Arizona, where he would be confronted by the Earp brothers, at this time he was in the Clanton-Mc Lowery gang.

A story goes that will Johnny Ringo was in the notorious Oriental Saloon he ask one Louis Hancock to have a drink with him. When Hancock agreed and ask for a beer, Ringo said, “ No man drinks beer with me. I don’t like beer.” Ringo later shot Hancock who was said to be buried with a bottle of beer.

There is another story that says that a man by the name of O’Rourke who was twenty-one at the time, encountered Johnny Ringo and figuring he was paying back Wyatt for saving him from being lynch, O’Rourke shot and killed ringo as he slept beneath a tree in Turkey Creek canyon.

Ringo was a well educated man as he went to William and Jewell College in Liberty Mo. It is believed he was born in Missouri because he went to school there. They believed he was born in the fifties, as he looked to be about thirty at the time of his death.

Ringo was killed in Turkey Creek Canyon in 1882, at first it was believed ringo committed suicide but he was also scalped. Suspicion fell on Buckskin Frank Leslic, his drinking companion of Ringo in the last two weeks of Ringo’s life. A friend of Ringo was Pony Deal who know Ringo as well as anyone believed it was O’Rourke. Wyatt Earp also would claimed to have killed Ringo, for helping in the killing of his brother morgan Earp.


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