Perry Mallon was a con-artist, a liar and a fake. And he nearly brought down Doc Holliday.
In May 1881, Mallon “arrested” Doc in a Denver establishment. Mallon variously claimed to be a lawman or bounty hunter or avenger of a dead friend; he was looking for the reward to return Doc to Arizona to face charges in the so-called Vendetta Ride.
The Colorado governor refused to extradite Holliday. Mallon’s past as a con-man came out and he never got the money. He skipped town before authorities could arrest him.