How come Arizona never extradited Wyatt Earp for the Vendetta Ride killings?

Wyatt EarpHow come Arizona never extradited Wyatt Earp for the Vendetta Ride killings?

Jim Spell
Sonora, California

Early extradition efforts just after the Vendetta Ride in 1882 were mostly political and didn’t go anywhere. By the 1900s, whatever happened in Cochise County was long forgotten.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015.

If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.