tv Legends Lies The Real West FOX News April 19, 2015 10:00pm-11:01pm PDT
of destruction. he may be a popular subject for hollywood, but sifting through the legends and lives leaves us with one of the real west's most violent outlaws, and a scar on the face of american history. news is the first draft of history. it is immediate and takes place in realtime. legends take longer to develop, and are sometimes based on myth. this fox news series looks at the truth behind the legend. >> let's take it nice and slow.
and iconic side kick to a legendary lawman. but behind every myth stands a man. and behind every legend lies the truth. >> there is much more to doc holliday as a side kick to an iconic lawman. the truth is, john henry holliday, is an outlaw long before he meets wyatt earp. he has a successful life laid out in front of him, a life he chooses to reject. >> by 1872, expansion west is in full swing. seven years after the end of the civil war, the american frontier is being established, while the south continues to rebuild. in atlanta, one of the city's hardest hit by the union, a young john henry holliday has made it through unscathed.
a gifted intellect and dedicated student, holliday graduates from the prestigious pennsylvania california of dental surgery at just 20 years old. >> he graduates early in age. it was difficult for him to set up practice because he wasn't old enough. clear testimony to the achievement of his critical thinking skills. and he was good. >> doc holliday was the epitome of a southern gentleman, which means he was mannerly, and likely also hot-tempered and bigoted, all those things that go along with living in the south and in reconstruction. >> do you want me to hold him down, doc? >> that won't be necessary. i'll put something on your gums to dull the pain. the only time i'm not nervous is when i'm working on someone's teeth. that's how i know dentistry is my life's calling. tell me, what is your favorite
kind of pie? >> peach. >> oh, peach? well, that's my favorite, too. now, if you hold still, just another second -- you'll be eating some peach pie after this. >> as doc holliday reaps the benefits of his intellect, he struggles in the west. >> holliday was beginning his dental practice in georgia. wyatt earp was in arkansas as a horse thief. >> hey, get back here! stop! thief! >> the penalty for horse thievery was hanging.
that's what motivated wyatt earp to move west. >> he makes his way from western townses, places like abilene, wichita, and winds up in dodge city, kansas. >> son of a -- >> dodge city of the 1870s was one of the most notorious of frontier towns. it was a town with no law. where buffalo hunters, soldiers, vagrants made hay of the town every night. >> hey, where you going? let's you and me have some more fun. >> you had your fun. take your hands off of me! >> i ain't even started yet. >> wyatt earp has the perfect
combination of toughness and justice. he protects his women and keeps the peace in his brothel. making a name for himself in the process. >> wyatt calls himself a businessman. he was always just looking for the next good opportunity for making a living in this frontier community. >> wyatt earp is considered by many an iconic lawman. but the real wyatt isn't always on the right side of the law. from his early days as a horse thief, to his time as a pimp, wyatt will do whatever it takes for a payday. >> holliday becomes one of the most respected dentists in town. >> it will be just another minute. >> you all right, doc? >> i do beg your pardon.
>> i better go. >> he loses his good reputation just as soon as he gained it. his promising future are stopped from a violent kof and a painful memory. six years before opening his practice in atlanta, young john loses his mother to tuberculosis, or what's commonly called consumption. >> they called it consumption because it sort of consumed you. it was a long, slow disease. it would really eat away at you from the inside out. it was really to suffocate.
>> we know that doc holliday had a very close relationship with his mother. something he really needed. it gave him the ability when she died, when he was 15, that would have been a devastating blow. >> holliday's violent coughing fits kept his patients away. a visit to the family doctor confirms his worst fear. >> it's consumption. try to get some exercise if possible. not a lot we can do about it now.
>> john? >> tuberculosis, also known as consumption. to be diagnosed with this in the late 19th century, it might as well have been a death sentence. >> consumption kills his ambitions and releases something dark inside doc holliday. turns him into one of the west's most violent criminals. boy: once upon a time, there was a nice house that lived with a family. one day, it started to rain and rain.
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>> i am consumption. >> in georgia, dentist john henry holliday vents his own rage over a life not going as planned. >> you need to go to a drier climate. >> at just 22 years old, holliday is forced to make a fresh start. >> we know holliday moves to dallas. most believe for the dry climate to preserve his health. but it's likely there is more to his decision. there's something about the wild west that in his desperate state, seems to appeal to doc holliday, rather than die bedridden, holliday heads west
to, as they say, die with his boots on. >> $400. >> well, it's the better part of val or. >> i call it. >> gambling took up the occupational void, and he became good at it. the problem with gambling, particularly in those days, sometimes you were challenged in terms of what you did, or what people thought you did. >> as my dear mother used to say, even a broken clock is right twice a day. >> son of a bitch! >> i am afraid to defend myself.
these cowards kicked me because they know i am down. i haven't a defense. have few friends. they will murder me, yes, before they are done. >> with his body getting weaker, holliday knows he must find a way to protect himself. >> son of a bitch! >> a lot of times all you need in the west was a reputation. and doc counted on that. it wasn't that he wanted to fight, he wanted people to know he could. >> holliday embraces the danger. the lawlessness of his new profession, preparing himself for whatever the future might bring.
holliday's life becomes an endless cycle of gambling and drinking, riding the highs and lows for months at a time. he lives the gambler's life, frequenting saloons, gambling halls and brothels. taking on an on-and-off again relationship with a prostitute. >> it's my bar. and that right there is three fingers. >> are you questioning my veracity?
>> you crazy son of a bitch! >> i know how much three fingers is. >> holliday's alcoholism brought out another person. masterson said he was a hard man to like, especially when he was in the cups. >> after the confrontation on new year's eve, he heads to texas. a town full of saloons, gambling halls and outlaws. perfect place for a man like doc to lose himself. 300 miles north in dodge city, a man wearing a badge is cleaning up a tough town. a gun for hire, earp earns a reputation as a man not to mess with. >> thank you, wyatt. >> but the life of the deputy marshal is a low-paying dangerous job. wyatt risks much for very little
reward. >> he may have made a few dollars a day, you may have made a monthly living, but you were just making ends meet. >> the opportunistic lawman looks to supplement his income and takes up bounty hunting. wyatt follows the outlaw's trail all the way to the fort and a legendary meeting. >> looking for dave. thought he and his boys might have been that way. >> you might try that gambling den over there. evil. and ladders... awwwwwww!!!!! they have all those warnings on them. might as well say, "you're going to die, jeff". you hired someone to clean the gutters? not just someone. someone from angie's list. but we're not members. we don't have to be to use their new snapfix feature. angie's list helped me find a highly rated service provider
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>> name's wyatt earp. i'm looking for someone. >> despite his legend which labels him as a righteous lawman, wyatt is an opportunist. simply stated, wyan earp is a hunt willer. if he isn't hustling after a reward for dirty david rudeebau, he and doc holliday might never have met. >> came to me about a week ago. one of the worst card players i've ever seen. >> but you haven't seen him since. >> no, sir. even if i had, i don't make a habit of discussing other men's affairs with the law. >> in my word that i would bring him in, i intend to do that. one way or another.
>> mr. earp, you know why dirty dave is a bad cardplayer? he's predictable, a creature of habit. >> i think earp would look for allies in people who really wouldn't care what he's up to morally. and would ally with him to do what he needed, when he needed it. doc holliday fit that. >> while doc faces off with ed bailey, a well-known hustler on the gambling circuit. >> the way the gambling circuit works, you go boom to boom.
that's where the money's at. >> as a gambler, he was playing cards with very dangerous individuals, and wouldn't tolerate being pushed around, or being cheated. >> you know that's again the rules. >> i ain't doing nothing. >> damn you! >> bailey is liked in ft. griffin. the people are outraged. his murder marks the birth of doc holliday's reputation as a cold-blooded killer.
the town without a jail house is in crisis. holliday is arrested and held at a local hotel while an angry mob gathers outside. >> come on out, holliday! >> come on down here! >> come on out, holliday. >> amidst the chaos on the streets, doc has an ally, his estranged girlfriend. >> holliday and kate were the very definition of co-dependent. they were better together than they were apart. but they were terrible together. >> she has a plan for doc's escape. >> fire! fire! help!
gamblers, rustleers, thieves and killers, doc holliday fits in. p. >> say good-bye. >> in such a town, few men are fit to keep the peace. >> there's that no good son of a bitch wyatt earp. >> but wyatt is back from his bounty hunt, and ready to get back to work. >> you better start praying, earp. >> no, friend, it's you who better put your damn hands up. t. t. and a sleep system?
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doc holliday was in dodge city. >> throw down your weapons before you lose what's left of his prans. >> do what he says, boys. >> business is done here. >> what's the matter, wyatt? you losing your touch? come on, grab a chair. i'm going to take all your money. >> you can try. >> wyatt earp is outnumbered and outdone. and out of the shadows steps doc holliday to save his life. this is the beginning of the
real west's most famous friendship. but the whole truth is, while doc saves wyatt that day, without wyatt, doc holliday has even less left to live for. >> tired of the target on his wack as a lawman, wyatt looks out west for an easier way to make a living. he joins brothers morgan and virgil in the boomtown of tombstone, arizona, on the heels of the silver strike. >> 1879, dodge city was beginning to lose much of the snap that had given it its charm. i decided to move to tombstone which was just building up a reputation. >> but earp is too late. tombstone has everything, except strong law. so the earps put a badge on their business and worked the law for money.
virgil earp, after the army calls him to retrieve stolen mules, is now a u.s. deputy marshal. he promptly dep deputizes his brothers. >> because of his proximity to the mexican border, tombstone becomes a hub of cattle thievery. and most of that is carried out by a gang called the cowboys. and in come the earps, virgil, morgan and then wyatt earp. >> these were guys who were living the cowboy life. they did not want to see the movement in of big business, mining corporations. the very kind of civilizing forces that the earps represent. a conflict between two cultures. >> how did you come by it? >> i got him legally.
>> just want the government's property back. >> got a problem here, boys. >> putting your noses in the wrong places they ought not to be. there eve a good chance it might get shot off. >> the accusation that you were stealing a mule, not only are you being accused of being a criminal, but the lowest of the low of the criminals. that sets out the bad blood. >> during the fall of 1880, tensions between the earps and the cowboys only escalates when doc joins wyatt in tombstone. where stories of his killing and gunplay have already been circulating. >> there was a fear factor when he came into town. people respected him.
people didn't want to tangle with him. he had an aura of being a killer. >> i've had credit for more killings than i ever treatment of. but you will find when i have been charged with murder, i have always been a long way off. >> before long, his reputation catches up with him. >> two innocent people are killed during a violent stage coach robbery. and rumors are flying that doc holliday may be one of the murders. >> that's a lot of money you're putting down. >> i heard he killed two people. >> didn't even have a chance. >> i heard he killed two people.
>> the next person who dares to slander me, call me a murderer, i will be forced to oblige. >> with the $3,600 reward for the capture of the killers, wyatt and his brothers make sure they're in the posse. they find clues that point to the three suspects, all of them members of the cowboys. >> hey, look at the tumbleweeds that just rolled into town. >> it stinks out here! >> earp knows ike clinton's connection to the cowboys is his chance to catch the killers. and possibly a $30,000 a year job as sheriff. wyatt's meeting with ike begins
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in the violent boomtown of tombstone, wyatt earp trackers the killer beyond the $3,600 reward. doc needs to clear his name, and wyatt wants the sheriff's job, with the $30,000 salary. >> what is this all about, earp? >> i know you know where the robbers are holed up. >> why would i help you? >> because there's $3,600 in it for you. you give me the cowboys, i'll give you the reward money. nobody knows but you and me. you have my word. >> ike gives up the location of the robbers. he knows that if his fellow cowboys learned that he sold out his friends, he's a dead man.
the betrayal hausts haunts ike. >> wake up! when the bullets start! you, too, doc! >> a threat is made. virgil earp hears about these threats, and now is determined to crack down on ike. >> mr. holliday, mr. holliday! wake up! wake up! mr. holliday! ike clinton's making trouble. he's been out there howling like a coyote all night. says he's going to kill an earp. >> oh, really? i read about a coyote town in a book once. truth is, they only howl if they're scared.
>> gentlemen, good morning. >> ike clinton has been shooting off his mouth. we aim to shut it. >> you're not going to leave me out, are you? >> this is none of your affair, doc. >> well, that is a hell of a thing for you to say to me. >> when the earps made up their mind to go confront the mclourys and the group, for doc, it was a no-brainer. he was going to back them no matter what. >> i hereby declare you a deputy. >> do i get one of those?
>> i'll do you one ber. better. all right. let's go to it, boys. >> virgil had other deputies. he takes his brothers, wyatt and morgan. and then he drags along doc holliday. like bringing a match to a party full of gas cans. >> throw up your hands! i'm here to disarm you! throw up your hands! >> this iconic moment in the real west has been known as the gun fight at the ok corral. but the truth is, it takes place in a vacant lot next to a
>> many historians agree doc is the first to cock his weapon. there's a good chance if doc holliday is not there that day, the gun fight at the ok corral might never have happened. >> when the gun smoke clears, three cowboys are dead. the rest have scattered. but doc holliday and the earps are just getting started.
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a month later virgil is ambushed. he recovers, but just two months later, morgan is shot in the back. morgan earp does not survive. wyatt vows to hunt down the cowboys responsible for morgan's death. doc holliday wasting away from his illness, joins wyatt for what will become their last mission together. >> this is where wyatt now falls off the radar as a lawman and becomes the killer behind the badge. >> true to his word, wyatt's vendetta ride will leave a trail of blood across arizona looking for the remaining cowboys.
>> this was holliday's retribution as well. he also wanted to see justice. >> after 26 days, four more cowboys are killed. the vendetta ride is over. with his vengeance satisfied, wyatt heads further west, still looking for that one big score. doc holliday spends his last years in colorado gambling. only liquid opium allows him to endure the pain and discomfort. >> doc holliday represents the darkness. the inequity that lies in part of all of us. that we need to repress, but it could be called worse. >> mr. wyatt earp. >> when wyatt passes through denver on his way to california,
two old friends get to meet again. >> come, let's talk a while. this is my wife josephine. >> charmed, i'm sure. >> it shows that no matter who we are, or what we might become, there's always the possibility of us becoming someone else. and i think this is clearly demonstrated with doc holliday. >> doc holliday, a whiskey soaked gambler and drifter turned ruthless killer, and wyatt earp who played both sides of the law for money, would be defined as the wild west's most unlikely friendship, based as much on survival as affection. >> wyatt, it warms my heart to see you here in such fine company.
>> you know, if not for you, i wouldn't be around today. >> and if not for you, old friend, neither would i. >> the biggest misconception people have about doc holliday is that he was simply wyatt earp's side kick. the truth is, doc's his own man who chooses to live by chance and violence over dying in a sick bed. doc holliday's anger fueled by a life cut short sends hit west. destined to die on his own terms. for 15 years, he lives in the
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