McLaurys and Clantons became upset when my brothers and I tried to
enforce a promise that the Cowboys return mules they had stolen.
The men mad "threats against our lives."
2. In subsequent months, the McLaurys continued to make threats
3. Thinking that obtaining an arrest of the persons responsible
for a recent stagecoach killing might aid my campaign to become
sheriff, I made a secret promise with Ike Clanton to get him reward
money if he would lead me to the men responsible--either dead or alive.
4. After midnight on October 26, Doc Holliday and Ike Clanton get
into a quarrel and "they had to be separated by Virgil and Morgan
5. I tried to calm Ike Clanton down, but he threatened us,
saying, "I will be ready for you in the morning."
6. The next morning I heard reports that Ike Clanton was "hunting
7. After Clanton was arrested and brought to court, Tom McLaury
showed up and threatened "to make a fight." "I hit him on the head with
my six-shooter and walked away."
8. Later, as I met with my brothers and Holliday at Fourth and
Allen Streets, we heard that the McLaurys and the Clantons, "all
armed," had gone into "the O.K. Corral." Virgil asked the
assistance of myself, Morgan, and Doc in disarming them.
9. As we walked in the direction of the Clantons and McLaurys,
Sheriff Behan told us, "I have disarmed them." We continued
walking toward where we were told the Clantons and McLaurys would be.
10. When we saw them in the lot, Frank McLaury's and Billy
Clanton's guns were plainly visible.
11. Virgil asked the men to surrender, saying, "Throw up your
hands, I have come to disarm you."
12. At Virgil's words, Billy and Frank went for their guns.
13. When Billy and Frank drew their guns, I drew mine and fired
at Frank. "The first two shots were fired by Billy Clanton and
myself, he shooting at me, and I shooting at Frank McLaury." My
shot hit Frank "in the belly," but he managed to get off a shot at me.
14. "After about four shots were fired, Ike Clanton ran up and
grabbed my left arm." I told him to "go to fighting or get way"
and pushed him off. I never fired at him "because I thought he
15. We believed Tom McLaury to be armed (even if it turns out
that he wasn't). Holliday "fired and killed him" with a shotgun.
midnight on the 26th, Doc Holliday began cursing me in a saloon for no
2. Morgan Earp arrived at the saloon and soon joined Holliday in
cursing me and falsely accusing me of threatening the Earps.
3. Morgan Earp tells me "to be heeled" the next time that I see
4. While I'm playing poker at the Occidental Saloon later that
night, Virgil Earp "buffaloes" me.
5. After I'm arrested by the Earps and taken to court on false
charges of threatening a gunfight, Morgan and Virgil Earp make threats
6. I saw the Earps and Hollidays coming down the street towards
us as "we stood between the photograph gallery and the little house
next to it." Behan met them and said, I think, "Hold on boys,
don't go down there!" They "brushed right on by and did not stop."
7. As I and my brother and the McLaurys stood in the lot next to
Fly's, the three Earp brothers and Holliday approached us and they
"pulled their guns as they got there."
8. Virgil Earp said, "You sons-of-bitches, you have
been looking for a fight, and you can have it!"
9. The Earps ordered us "to throw up our hands!"
10. "Billy Clanton threw up his hands," and I threw up mine, and "Tom
McLaury threw open his coat and said, "I haven't got anything, boys, I
11. "Then the shooting commenced, right then, in an instant."
12. Doc Holliday fired the first shot at Tom McLaury.
13. Morgan Earp fired the second shot--so close to the first shot
"that it was hard to distinguish them"--at my
brother, Billy Clanton, from a distance of two or three feet as he is
holding up his hands.
14. Tom "staggered backwards and Billy Clanton fell up against
the corner of a window and laid himself down on the ground."
15. Virgil Earp fired the third shot, within a second or two of
the first shot.
16. Wyatt Earp fired the fourth shot. He later shot at me,
but I grabbed him and pushed him out of the way, and escaped into Fly's
photo gallery and bullets whizzed by my head.
17. "There were about six or eight shots fired by the Earp
party--they were fired in very quick succession."
18. "Billy Clanton drew his six-shooter" as "he lay on the ground
and commenced shooting."
19. Frank McLaury was about "in the middle of Fremont Street when
I first saw him with a six-shooter in his hand." Frank was "not
exactly running" but "was getting pretty lively when he was shot that