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True tales from the Old West! Gunfighters, outlaws, lawmen, frontiersmen, and Native Americans – the real people and events that shaped this iconic period of American history. Saddle up and discover the true history of the Wild West - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Wild West Extravaganza The Wild West Extravaganza

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True tales from the Old West! Gunfighters, outlaws, lawmen, frontiersmen, and Native Americans – the real people and events that shaped this iconic period of American history. Saddle up and discover the true history of the Wild West - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    John Wesley Hardin | COMPILATION

    John Wesley Hardin | COMPILATION

    In November of 1868 – at just the tender age of fifteen – John Wesley Hardin killed his first man. And, a few weeks later, he’d kill yet again; this time, three soldiers who came looking for him. Fearing a hangman’s noose, Wes struck first, dispatching two troopers with a shotgun and finishing the third with an old cap and ball colt. And you better believe the hits just kept on coming. Before it was all said and done, Hardin would be responsible for anywhere between twenty to possibly as many as fifty killings, each of which – according to him – were justifiable. But how true is that? Was John Wesley Hardin a persecuted hero or a homicidal killer? How’d the son of a minister become one of the deadliest gunmen of the Old West? And did he REALLY kill someone just for snoring? Also discussed are Wild Bill Hickok, the Bloody Bender family, the Sutton-Taylor Feud, and John Selman Sr.
    *This is a compilation of a previously released series. My apologies to those who've already heard it, but I experienced a few setbacks this past week due to a dadgum hurricane! Do not despair, brand new content is coming your way next Wednesday!*
     
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    Bill Longley | The Deadliest Gun in Texas - https://www.wildwestextra.com/bill-longley-the-deadliest-gun-in-texas/
     
    Wild Bill Hickok - https://www.wildwestextra.com/wild-bill-hickok/
     
    Shootout at Hide Park aka Newton Massacre - https://www.wildwestextra.com/the-newton-massacre/
     
    The Life of John Wesley Hardin by John W. Hardin - https://www.amazon.com/Life-John-Wesley-Hardin/dp/1545102228/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2N2NHCZI3QKV5&keywords=john+wesley+hardin+books&qid=1704831121&sprefix=john+wesley+hardi%2Caps%2C223&sr=8-1
     
    John Wesley Hardin: Dark Angel of Texas by Leon Metz - https://www.amazon.com/John-Wesley-Hardin-Angel-Texas/dp/0806129956/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2N2NHCZI3QKV5&keywords=john+wesley+hardin+books&qid=1704831176&sprefix=john+wesley+hardi%2Caps%2C223&sr=8-3
     
     


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    • 2 hr 34 min
    How Wild Was The Wild West?

    How Wild Was The Wild West?

    How wild or violent was the Wild West? Were gunfights a daily occurrence, or is that just a byproduct of Hollywood and dime novels? Also discussed are the murder rates for Deadwood and Dodge City, Red Dead Redemption, cowboys sharing toenail clippers, the mysterious Last Stand note, and fighting grizzly bears with a tomahawk!

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    Billy the Kid’s Last Stand - https://youtu.be/1dC5USI0ZgI?si=w8OoKrp1-7jey0UV

    Homicide Rates in the Old West | University of Ohio - https://cjrc.osu.edu/research/interdisciplinary/hvd/homicide-rates-american-west

    Historias Unknown - https://open.spotify.com/show/1YRxl7bTBqM4jfm8P4fGCd?si=8aad41518c4e4e6c

    E Spooky Tales - https://open.spotify.com/show/58BqtCJ2nNwruHRuZIM8Ax?si=1f714ac66d3f42e6

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    • 25 min
    Billy the Kid Debunked

    Billy the Kid Debunked

    There is a lot of misinformation about Billy the Kid's death. This is your comprehensive guide to cut through the noise and determine fact from fiction. Thank you to all of the historians whose research I rely upon.
    (1:15) – Did Pat Garrett receive the bounty?
    (8:13) – Did Pat Garrett’s deputy say that he shot the wrong man?
    (10.33) – Did Garrett bury the body before anyone could see it?
    (19:15) – Why was there not a photograph?
    (22:39) – Did Billy the Kid have a beard? Did Garrett accidentally kill a Mexican?
    (25:32) – Billy Barlow
    (26:02) – Were Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid friends?
    (27:49) – Was Billy too smart to be killed by Pat Garrett?
    (30:50) – Were the residents of Fort Sumner in on the hoax?
    (33:23) – Anecdotal stories
    (34:50) – Brushy Bill’s history of tall tales
    (38:12) – Brushy Bill’s scars
    (39:26) – Brushy Bill Roberts Autopsy
    (41:15) – Did Brushy Bill know things nobody could have known?
    (42:36) – Was Billy the Kid left-handed?
    (43:10) – The Billy the Kid Historical Coalition
    (44:12) – Brushy Bill Roberts affidavits
    (46:40) – Jesse Evans
    (47:46) – 1990 Photo Comparison Study
    (55:08) – Valid questions concerning the death of Billy the Kid
    (56:30) – Who was Brushy Bill Roberts?
    (60:29) – Cousin Ollie theory
    (65:04) – Why would Brushy lie?
    (67:48) – Jim Miller
    (68:41) – Why did Billy the Kid speak Spanish?
    (80:04) – Did Pat Garrett accidentally kill the wrong men?
    (86:55) – Did Garrett’s widow say he killed the wrong man?
    (89:35) – Did Brushy Bill have the same eyes as Billy the Kid?
    (103:34) – Was Billy already dead in the tintype photo?
    (104:21) – Was Billy the Kid a woman?

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    Was Billy the Kid’s Death a Hoax? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUZ-Rc9Pt3I&t=1s

    The Billy the Kid Historical Coalition – https://btkcoalition.com/

    Chasing Billy YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/@chasingbilly

    Debunking Brushy: Were People Allowed to View Billy’s Dead Body | Billy the Kid Historical Coalition - https://btkcoalition.com/btk-history-blog/f/debunking-brushy-were-people-allowed-to-view-billys-dead-body

    Petition by Dr. Robert Stahl - http://doc45.com/pleading/tenth-court-pleading-by-dr-robert-stahl-for-kid-death-certificate.pdf

    Brushy Bill Saves Texas Rangers from Certain Death | Michael Anthony Giudicissi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBOGtnWS1is

    Grand Saline Sun article on Brushy Bill saving the Texas Rangers - https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1016104/m1/8/?q=brushy

    Debunking Brushy: How Did He Know So Much? | Billy the Kid Historical Coalition - https://btkcoalition.com/btk-history-blog/f/debunking-brushy-how-did-he-know-so-much

    Was Brushy Bill Roberts Really Billy the Kid? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5s5zuDlxfM&t=1094s

    Billy the Tintype | True West Magazine - https://truewestmagazine.com/article/billy-the-tintype/

    Was Billy the Kid a girl? Wild West Newsletter featuring cart de visite - https://wildwestjosh.substack.com/p/was-billy-the-kid-a-girl

    Billy the Kid Compilation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3yBXIa7ZuQ

    Pat Garrett Compilation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMp1GayD4-4&t=14s
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    John Bull | The Duke of Death

    John Bull | The Duke of Death

    Although John Bull remains relatively unknown today, the English-born gambler is considered one of the deadliest gunmen of the Old West.

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    Deadly Dozen Vol. 1 by Robert K. Dearment - https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Dozen-Twelve-Forgotten-Gunfighters/dp/080613559X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1JK493YH4C89U&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.QGna202QisyEY7OQCkSOd5OPt0qxbYaurRTjH1x02NaxEKQC1YbQ5eAvYVONnlGCJelVs2ixVH3Wq1DAIhRtn50qFv2XrHabFqWhLwPhLko.PyNkpU5z0i6iNdZMpageYgxXVeXnBGFgmi2Cn3yFxS8&dib_tag=se&keywords=deadly+dozen+robert+k+dearment&qid=1718635339&sprefix=deadly+dozen+robert+k+dearment%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-1

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    • 26 min
    Pat Garrett

    Pat Garrett

    On the night of July 14th, 1881, Sheriff Pat Garrett killed Billy the Kid. In doing so, he helped create a legend and ensured that his legacy would forever be intertwined with the notorious outlaws.
    And let’s be honest – it isn’t that great of a legacy.
    Many consider Garrett a coward, at best, a no-good backstabbing Old West Judas who betrayed his friend for a handful of silver. Moreover, Pat is also labeled as a rank liar and an egomaniac. A glory seeker would turn on his mother if that meant earning a little dough and building up his reputation. 
    And, over 26 years after he gunned down The Kid, Pat himself would be shot and killed under similar circumstances. A murder that to this day remains unsolved.
    Who killed Pat Garrett? How accurate is the narrative surrounding the former Sheriff of Lincoln County? Is all the hate deserved?
    And who was Garrett anyway? What was his life like before he met the Kid? And what became of Pat in the decades following that fateful night at Fort Sumner?
    This is a compilation of a previous series released on Garrett. Enjoy!

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    Pat Garrett: The Story of a Western Lawman by Leon Metz - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0806118385?linkCode=ssc&tag=onamzjoshta02-20&creativeASIN=0806118385&asc_item-id=amzn1.ideas.YEHGNY7KFAU7&ref_=aip_sf_list_spv_ofs_mixed_d_asin

     To Hell on a Fast Horse by Mark Lee Gardner - https://www.amazon.com/dp/006136827X?linkCode=ssc&tag=onamzjoshta02-20&creativeASIN=006136827X&asc_item-id=amzn1.ideas.YEHGNY7KFAU7&ref_=aip_sf_list_spv_ofs_mixed_d_asin

     Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life by Robert Utley - https://www.amazon.com/dp/0803295588?linkCode=ssc&tag=onamzjoshta02-20&creativeASIN=0803295588&asc_item-id=amzn1.ideas.YEHGNY7KFAU7&ref_=aip_sf_list_spv_ofs_mixed_d_asin

    Were Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Friends? https://wildwestjosh.substack.com/p/were-pat-garrett-and-billy-the-kid

    The First Battle of Adobe Walls - https://www.wildwestextra.com/the-first-battle-of-adobe-walls/

    Billy the Kid series part 1 - https://www.wildwestextra.com/billy-the-kid-orphan/
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    • 3 hr 13 min
    Tom Horn | Execution

    Tom Horn | Execution

    In July of 1901, 14-year-old Willie Nickell was shot dead in an ambush. He had been less than a mile away from home attempting to open a gate when two bullets struck him in the back. A little over two years later, noted assassin Tom Horn was executed for Willie’s murder. In years prior, Tom had been an enforcer for various cattle barons throughout the state of Wyoming, and at the time of Willie’s death, he was employed as a Range Detective on John C. Coble’s Iron Mountain Ranch. And, well, let’s say that John Coble did not get along with the dead boy’s father, Kels Nickell. Not only had Kels filed a homestead on land that Coble considered his own, but he then had the absolute gal to begin fencing it off. And, if that isn’t bad enough, Kels nearly killed Coble during the summer of 1890. The two had been arguing at a train depot when Nickell whipped out a knife and slashed the rancher’s belly wide open. Coble pulled through, and despite charges being filed, Kels Nickell pretty much got off scot-free. At least, he did until nearly a decade later when he committed the grave sin of introducing several thousand sheep there on the Iron Mountain Range. Word on the streets of Cheyenne was that Coble hated Kels Nickell like the devil hates holy water. Ever since the knifing incident, he held a grudge, and now that Nickell had brought in all those sheep, Coble finally had a strong enough reason to go after him and his land. Like many other small homesteaders who opposed the larger spreads, Kels Nickell received an anonymous letter ordering him and his family to leave the area or suffer the consequences. And I reckon those consequences came to fruition on July 18th when his son, Willie, was murdered. The only question that remains is whether or not Tom Horn was genuinely guilty of the crime. And I’ll be honest, it isn’t looking good. After all, Tom was in the area of the Nickell homestead at the same time as the murder. He even admitted as much, saying he was checking to ensure Nickell sheep weren’t straying onto land owned by his employer, John Coble. What’s more, we know with near certainty that Tom had killed men on behalf of the cattle barons in the past. And these men were gunned down in the same fashion as 14-year-old Willie Nickell. Shot from a distance with a rifle. There was even a flat rock that had been placed under the dead boy’s head – a calling card of sorts that Tom often left in the field to let the bosses know that it was he who completed the job. And then, of course, you’ve got the words of Tom Horn himself. In January of 1902, less than six months after the killing, Tom confessed to a deputy Marshal that he was 300 yards away from Willie when he opened fire, saying that it was quote “the best shot that I ever made and the dirtiest trick I ever done.” End quote. Sounds pretty cut and dry. Like I said, Tom would ultimately be found guilty in a court of law and sentenced to hang for the murder of Willie Nickell. That said, many, to this day, including historians, believe Horn was an innocent man, at least in that particular killing. And, despite everything you just heard, they may be on to something. As it turns out, someone other than John Coble and Tom Horn had an even stronger motive for going after Kels Nickell.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

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449 Ratings

WES JD ,

Awesome podcast

Entertaining and informative, one of the best history podcast. You are an excellent host.

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A great source for Billy the Kid misinformation seems to be Wild West Extravaganza.

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Well done sir!

Great podcast! Entertaining, and informative.
You have a great voice and delivery and are very funny at times. Thank you

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