A Deadly Decision

Morgan Earp

Morgan Earp shouldn’t have gone to play billiards.

March 18, 1882.  Morgan Earp, Dan Tipton and Doc Holliday attended a performance of “Stolen Kisses” at Schieffelin Hall in Tombstone. They’d been warned about going out in public; the Cow-boys had sworn revenge for the OK Corral killings.  But the trio felt like getting out for awhile.

When the show was over at about 10pm, the men considered going home for the night. Instead, Morgan went to Campbell and Hatch’s for a game of billiards—where he was shot in the back, mortally wounded.  What might have happened if he’d gone straight home from the play?

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