A Fighting Earp?

Wyatt and Virgil’s half-nephew created his own legend.

When he died, Virgil E. Earp was called “the last of the fighting Earps.” But the step-nephew of Wyatt Earp had concocted his own story. He claimed to have been part of a later Vendetta Ride, seeking the murderers of Morgan Earp in Mexico. Virgil E. boasted that he had been a successful lawman and gunhand, with three notches on his pistol before he was 21. And there was more, promoted by a 1950s television quiz show. But it was all made up. Virgil E. was a menial laborer who never wore a badge and never shot anyone.

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