Pete Spence

Pete Spence
Pete Spence

Elliott Larkin Ferguson is best known to history as Pete Spence, one of the Cowboys of Tombstone.

Probably his biggest claim to fame—his connection to the murder of Morgan Earp in March of 1882. At the coroner’s inquest, Spence’s wife testified that her husband and others bragged about the assassination. Her comments were disallowed by the judge as hearsay, plus a wife couldn’t testify against her husband.

Afraid that Wyatt Earp would come gunning for him, Spence turned himself into Sheriff Johnny Behan for safekeeping until the Vendetta Ride came to an end.

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