atm-logoDid the Apaches rape captives?

Bill Brady
Smyrna, Georgia

Ed Sweeney, author of the definitive work on the Apache Wars, From Cochise to Geronimo: The Chiricahua Apaches, 1874-1886, says, “I have never encountered one incident where Apaches raped their female captives. It was a common act among some of the Plains Indians, the Comanches, Cheyennes and Kiowas.”


Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian. His latest book is Wyatt Earp: Showdown at Tombstone.  If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at

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