Pony Diehl


Charles Ray liked to hang out with bad guys.  Going by the name Pony Diehl (or Deal), he first gained notice as a member of the John Kinney and Jesse Evans Gangs.  He later rode for “The House,” the Murphy-Dolan faction, during the Lincoln County War.

Then Diehl headed west—to Tombstone (photo), where he became a Cowboy.  He was accused in the shooting of Virgil Earp, but never tried. Later in 1882, he claimed to have killed “Johnny Behind the Deuce” O’Rourke—again, not proven but possible.  Pony trotted out of history around 1887.

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