The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp: Season 6, Episode 16

Terror in the Desert (24 Jan. 1961)

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Earp meets the wife of a man who was convicted of theft and sentenced to Yuma prison where escaped prisoners are tracked and killed by Apaches for the reward. The woman claims that her husband is innocent and was framed by Sheriff Behan.


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Episode cast overview:
Steve Brodie ...
James Seay ...
Richard Crane ...
Tom Grover
Beth Grover
Francis McDonald ...
Pat Few
Richard Reeves ...
Stanley Clements ...
David Fresco ...
Peter Mamakos ...


Arizona convicted felons are sent to Yuma prison which has a hard reputation. Prisoners who escape are tracked and killed by Apaches rather than recaptured so the guards can split the reward. In Tombstone Sheriff Johnny Behan has a theft case against Tom Grover with Pat Few as a witness against him. Tom's wife Beth confronts Behan with a revolver but Earp intervenes. Behan lets the episode go and Earp has no jurisdiction. Beth tells Earp Tom is being framed by Behan. Earp agrees to talk to Judge Spicer who based on the evidence given sentences Tom to three years in Yuma. Tom secretly tells Earp the conviction is retribution for going against the Ten Percent Ring and Beth marrying him instead of Behan. Earp knows prisoners often don't make it to Yuma so he tells Tom not to escape as he will follow Tom. Behan tells the guards he doesn't want Tom making it to Yuma. The guards fall asleep at night to let the three prisoners escape but the next morning Tom is still there. Earp stops them ... Written by Anonymous

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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] Yuma Prison in the 1880s was a notorious hole of misery. Convicts inside and prisoners being transported there desperately risked their lives to escape, and when they did, territorial authorities hired Apache renegades to track them down. The Apaches, however, did not capture them - they killed to collect the reward money. This state of affairs was brought forcibly to the attention of Marshal Wyatt Earp.
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