Martin Mrose is usually painted as an Old West rustler and thief who got what was coming to him in June of 1895. Several lawmen filled him full of lead as he tried to return from Mexico to El Paso.
But researcher Dennis McCown, the biographer of Mrose’s wife Helen Beulah, says that portrayal is wrong. McCown says Mrose had a reputation as a good cowboy and honest rancher. John Wesley Hardin helped besmirch his honor before and after Mrose died because Hardin had taken the man’s wife and money and wanted Mrose out of the way.