The Hangin' Judge - #1
“Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend” by Casey Tefertiller, copyright 1997, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-28362-2
“Wyatt Earp is one of the few men I personally knew in the West in the early days, whom I regard as absolutely destitute of physical fear.”
So said Old-West-figure-turned-Eastern-journalist Bartholomew “Bat” Masterson in 1907, in one of the essays he wrote and published on the lives of Western gunfighters. Masterson’s statement forms the basic thesis of this biography, a work that the author has loaded with anecdotes that detail Earp’s history and personality that defy the stereotypes of the man. While some of the anecdotes are attributed to hearsay or questionable witnesses at best, many of Tefertiller’s examples of Earp’s character are documented by records of the time and are historically-provable.