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Estelle Miller. Estelle and her husband Bill eventually provided access to a great deal of the important material for my subsequent Earp writings," Boyer wrote later. Boyer says he soon became the son Bill and Estelle never had, and he reveled in Estelle's tales about the Earp family. The newly retired colonel would, years later, reveal that not all of the sensational photos were entirely honest. But for his readers in , there was nothing outwardly evident in the book to suggest that it was anything but the ardent effort of a Western history buff. Slangy, amateurish, overeager. That the book takes some liberties with the facts seems obvious even to the uninitiated.

No reader would mistake certain conversations in the book as anything but pure speculation. On the other hand, Boyer's book lays claim to special, previously unpublished material about Holliday based on material from one of Holliday's friends, identified only as "Peanut," who was said to have recorded his conversations and saved his letters from the famous gambler.

In Suppressed Murder of Wyatt Earp, Boyer set out to resurrect the real Earp, whom he said had been "murdered" by the mythmaking of Lake, the Earp author he had once so admired. Backed with solid research and written in a serious, scholarly style, Suppressed Murder revealed the tale of Wyatt's second wife, Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock. Never formally married to Earp, she committed suicide in , several years after Earp had left her for another woman. To this day, Boyer says, readers think it's Blaylock's death that the title refers to.

But Boyer meant that the real Wyatt Earp had been maligned when his legend grew. He acknowledges that it's an unfortunate name for a book. By , the year Suppressed Murder came out, Wyatt Earp's image had been battered and bruised. After Lake lionized Earp in , revisionist biographies, notably Frank Waters' book The Earp Brothers of Tombstone, began to portray the Earps as more outlaws than lawmen. Boyer claimed to be taking a new tack--using solid historical methods to debunk both earlier portrayals. Earp was neither the plaster saint Lake made him out to be nor the outlaw Waters had constructed, Boyer insisted.

Even Boyer's harshest critics say that Suppressed Murder is a solid piece of historical research and a milestone in Earp literature. And it was sufficient to secure Boyer his next research triumph. Impressed by Suppressed Murder, another set of Earp relatives turned over a treasure to the writer--the so-called Cason manuscript. Ackerman was assigned to record Josephine's early memories up to events in Tombstone, including the famous gunfight at the OK Corral in Cason focused on later years, up to Wyatt's death in Josephine, however, proved elusive about matters in Tombstone.

It was obvious to Cason and Ackerman that she wasn't being frank, and it frustrated them. Finally, Josephine changed her mind about the entire project and asked the women to burn their papers. They did, but Cason held back a copy of her work, now known as the Cason manuscript.

Josephine died in and Cason passed away 20 years later. For the next nine years, Boyer worked to turn the manuscript into the memoirs of Josephine Earp.


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He says he also drew from another manuscript--the controversial missing Clum--which Boyer says Josephine had prepared with other writers and that covered her Tombstone period, including the famous gunfight. While he was preparing the book for publication, however, Boyer was forced to make what would be the first of many confessions about his literary style and ethics--he'd turned what should have been historical fact into fiction. In , an astute reader wrote to Boyer, taking him to task for material in the pamphlet Illustrated Life of Doc Holliday. She passed on his letter to historian Gary Roberts.

Boyer conceded in the letter that some of his book was "dandy fiction. He didn't come entirely clean, however; he pretended that he didn't know who it was in the picture, although later he admitted it was his own aunt. Boyer told Thomas that he'd intended Illustrated Life of Doc Holliday to be a spoof that would catch sloppy researchers who all seemed to be stealing from each other. He'd meant to go public with his duplicity, and announce who had been caught by his prank, in , 10 years after publication. I hope you see fit to give my game its 10 years," he wrote Thomas. And he made an interesting prediction: "My chances of having much serious history accepted from my hands after I confess my sins is probably pretty limited--people being what they are.

Today, Boyer says that it should have been obvious to everyone that his pamphlet was bogus. The "dead giveaway," he says, is that the book doesn't discuss Holliday's companion, Big Nose Kate. How could a book about Holliday ignore her? Readers, however, apparently weren't getting the joke. In , 10 years after its first publication, Boyer advertised Illustrated Life of Doc Holliday in the national edition of the Tombstone Epitaph, saying that the book had "seldom [been] recognized as an outrageous satire.

As the years passed, I became more familiar with Boyer as the kind of frustrated novelist that he is," Hutton says. And Boyer's response to the questions that have been raised are such that it, you know, it's kind of Clintonesque, I guess we would say these days. He's not very forthcoming, which just makes you more suspicious.

So, it's a problem. Hutton, who's also been ridiculed by Boyer on his Web site, says he's mystified by Boyer's claims that his pamphlet Illustrated Life of Doc Holliday was intended to trip up other historians. So I guess you can see how I feel about the guy. I just think, wow, what a fruitcake. Hutton's colleague at the University of New Mexico, Richard Etulain, says that what academics think, however, usually has little effect on the public.

Our job is not to get in fistfights with these people," he says. All too often, he adds, partisan fights erupt in Western studies because people take their own roles too seriously: "People become mythic sidekicks of these figures. Journalist Allen Barra says that when he began researching his new book, Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends, he was surprised at how little attention academics have paid Earp.

Barra suggests Boyer has been "hogging" documents and information on Earp and is unwilling to share it with other academics. It wasn't until that an academic researcher took on the story of Tombstone and its famous gunfight. And that's about the time in Earp research when, in the words of Wyatt Earp, "the fight then became general. Iwas suspicious of some of his stuff," says Paula Mitchell Marks, who teaches at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.

All roads led to Glenn Boyer. Marks decided to include information from a letter, purportedly written by Holliday, in Boyer's pamphlet, which claimed that Holliday and Wyatt Earp had killed two men in Colorado in and buried them under a rock pile. Soon after her book came out, Boyer responded with a reprint of Illustrated Life of Doc Holliday that included a new introduction announcing that the book had trapped its "latest victim.

Boyer's reaction shocked many people in the Earp field, who by now had forgotten about Boyer's "satire"--if they had ever known about it in the first place. Marks had "haplessly appropriated the same planted story mentioned above of Wyatt and Doc killing Doc's deadly enemy in the Colorado Rockies," Boyer wrote in the new introduction.

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Gary Roberts, an academic historian, didn't see the humor in Boyer's prank. For her loyalty, Boyer ridiculed Marks as a fool. Boyer tells New Times fooling Marks was "sinning on the side of the angels. And it worked," he says. He bristles at the suggestion that springing a hoax on the Earp field in was an inauspicious beginning for someone determined to forge a reputation as a serious researcher. You see, your premise isn't worth a shit. I'm not going to be forced into any mold. And my reputation as a writer simply doesn't make a good goddamn to me.

How does that grab you? Boyer's announcement shocked the Earp fold, but it was the publication of his book Wyatt Earp's Tombstone Vendetta that threw the field into chaos. In , he gave two very different descriptions of Vendetta's genesis. That's the year Boyer met Bob Palmquist, an attorney and avid Earp researcher who worked with Boyer for the next several years. British novelist George McDonald Fraser had written The Flashman Papers, actually a series of historical novels in the style of a memoir, chronicling the adventures of a Victorian mercenary soldier.

Fraser wrote them so convincingly some American reviewers didn't realize they were fiction. Boyer's version would be told from the point of view of a fictional Tombstone newspaperman, whom Boyer had named Theodore Ten Eyck. Boyer wrote that he had received a new manuscript from Earp family members, "allegedly by one Teodore [sic] Ten Eyck, a name I can find nowhere else in Earpiana.

Boyer did find a publisher for Vendetta, Talei Publishing in Hawaii, which touted the book in strong terms. For 50 years, the book's jacket reads, Boyer had been muzzled by Earp family members who didn't want certain truths made public. Now, however, in Vendetta, Boyer could finally reveal the whole truth about Tombstone. To bolster those claims, Boyer front-loaded the book with photographs of Earp descendants--some with Boyer in the frame as well--to back up Talei's claim that "This epic volume [is] by the only man with the real credentials to write about it.

Now, we get the facts. And some of them are shocking. Those shocking truths would come from Theodore Ten Eyck, a New York Herald writer who had gone west and worked at the Tombstone Nugget during the town's heyday. Written in the form of a "non-fiction novel," according to the book's foreword, Boyer invented the false name Ten Eyck to protect the newsman's family, who asked that he not be identified. Whatever his real name might be, Ten Eyck claimed to have had amazing access to the principals in the famous gunfight.

No one, Ten Eyck said, had known Wyatt Earp better than he had. Some readers smelled a rat. Jeanne Cason Laing, the woman who, years earlier, had given Boyer the Cason manuscript, was troubled by assertions that Ten Eyck was with Josephine when she died. She says Boyer tried to convince her that Ten Eyck was real and that Laing had known him. It's not like [Josephine] at all," she says. In , Jeff Morey, a researcher and writer who served as the historical consultant on the movie Tombstone, published an article exposing Ten Eyck as a fraud.

Boyer," Morey wrote that subtle mistakes in Ten Eyck's version of events showed that he couldn't have been a contemporary observer. If he was on the scene at the time and knew Wyatt Earp so well, why did Ten Eyck sound like a sloppy, latter-day investigator?

Morey's article generated a storm of protest from Boyer backers. Gradually, Dullenty began to have doubts. As more questions about Ten Eyck arose, Boyer gave conflicting accounts about the newsman. At one point, Boyer said he made up Ten Eyck to protect his real source, a man named Albert Behan who was the son of Tombstone's sheriff. When that was questioned--Behan would only have been about 10 years old at the time of the famous gunfight--Boyer reminded people that Vendetta was written as a "non-fiction novel," suggesting that the characters were invented.

But critics point out that Boyer had also used the ubiquitous Ten Eyck--who always seemed to be in the best place to record the most amazing facts about Tombstone--in a series of magazine articles that purported to be a factual biography of Wyatt Earp. Asked who Ten Eyck was, Boyer responded: "I am. Dullenty realized that Jeff Morey had been right. Then I found that Gary Roberts had done just that. Roberts is a professor of history at Abraham Baldwin College, a small teaching institution in Tifton, Georgia. Earlier this year, Dullenty's journal printed Roberts' "Trailing an American Mythmaker," a detailed, dispassionate examination of Boyer's conflicting statements.

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