Joyce Aros came to Tombstone several times as a teenager back in the 1950's. Much of Allen street was boarded up and Boothill was a windswept and neglected old cemetery; no fence, no buildings, and few graves still marked with rusty pipes that had worn and dried up pieces of wood wired to them. But it haunted anyone who saw it and beckoned them to return and seek out the stories that were buried there. Back in Canada, Joyce read everything she could about Tombstone and it's fascinating people. Not only the Earps and Doc Holliday, but so many more. But it soon became apparent that much of it was fiction. The Earp brothers were too good to be true and the cowboys were shadowy figures with no identity. Years later, after relocating to Tucson, Arizona, Joyce married a working cowboy, one of the last of the old time Vaqueros in the area, and got to know a lot of people who still lived a frontier type life. These people were still pioneering in so many ways and still adhered to the old way of living with the land.
Joyce's interest in the characters of the Cochise county exploits was set aside for a few years to raise seven children. But once that was done, it was time to seriously look into the history and find out who really were these men and women of a long time ago. Not surprisingly, they turned out to be far more interesting than even she imagined. The results were several series of articles in defense of the ranchers and cowboys of Cochise county, and a continuing search for the true account of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral, as it has been referred to.
Joyce helps to manage Virgil's Corner Bed & Breakfast in Tombstone, serving up the original cowboy coffee Arbuckle's, a hearty breakfast and some interesting conversation.
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Four men waited and four men walked…clearly a confrontation was coming.
But what triggered the clash between these two groups? One side the Clanton brothers, Ike and Billy along with the McLaury brothers, Frank and Tom, local cattle ranchers in the Territory of Arizona, 1881. The other side, approaching with purpose, representatives of the law in Tombstone, Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp backed up by their volatile sidekick, Doc Holliday.
The resulting explosion of gun smoke obscured the definitive truth for over one hundred and thirty years. Is it possible to find out what really happened the afternoon of October 26th, 1881? We were not there, but many were. What can we glean from the documented eye witness testimonies available to us after all this time?
In Murdered On The Streets Of Tombstone, Joyce Aros carefully examines an almost minute by minute evaluation of the events as they unfolded before the eyes of the startled townsfolk that chilly October afternoon in 1881. Citing the Inquest and Hearing testimonies and comparing them to the various Legends that have surrounded that fateful day for over a century the author's presentation may just lead you to concur that Tom McLaury, Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton were Murdered on the Streets of Tombstone.
Joyce Aros combines her considerable artistic skill with careful research plus a fair amount of intuition, thus giving us a new and refreshing look at a variety of Cochise County "cowboy" characters associated with stories about the Earps.
Heretofore, the "cowboys" have been portrayed as gun-slinging, snaggle-toothed bad guys bent on destruction with no family history, morals, or redeeming qualities. This book gives us a better understanding of the Earp enemies who have been written off as little more than scoundrels and scallywags. Certainly most of these men rode dark trails, but the Earps were not exactly choir boys. Tough times bred tough men. This is another side to the Tombstone story.
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IN DEFENSE OF THE OUTLAWS
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A compilation of 26 chapters as originally published in the Tombstone Times, and written by Joyce Aros, local history researcher, noted water color artist, and writer. In the short time period since these articles originally were published she has gained a large and growing following, with enthusiastic response from the readers of the Tombstone Times.
"In Defense of the Outlaws examines the facts and fancy from a different perspective and poses the question, what about our outlaws? Were they a really bad bunch of men that terrorized the town of Tombstone and every community for miles around, as well as threatened the safety of every lawman in the district? Or is there more to the story than the history books reveal?