She Just Didn’t Know

Bat Masterson’s wife wasn’t around for his Western exploits.

Emma Masterson was Bat Masterson’s constant companion for 28 years, from 1893 until his death in 1921. But she apparently didn’t know much about her husband’s Old West career that preceded their relationship. In 1928 Stuart Lake wrote Emma, seeking information for his biography of Wyatt Earp. She had little to offer—except that Bat didn’t notch his guns to mark his victims and that she’d sold both of his pistols. Emma apparently hadn’t heard of Bat’s one killing—Cpl. Melvin King, in Sweetwater, Texas in 1876.

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