A Slap in the Face and a Bullet in the Head

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Langford Peel and John Bull (in illustration, in a fake holdup of Mark Twain) ran con games throughout the West.  The association ended on July 22, 1867 in Helena, MT.

Peel slapped Bull in the face in a saloon.  The latter was unarmed—for the moment.  He got his pistol and found Peel in the street, putting two bullets into his erstwhile partner.  Peel collapsed; Bull put a coup de grace into his head at point blank range.

Bull was tried but released after the jury couldn’t reach a verdict.  He lived until 1929.  He was 93.

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