A string of ambush murders in the Robber's Roost area forces Col. Benteen at Fort Lewis, Colorado to ask Earp for help. With Apaches threatening, he can't afford the time or men to investigate. He has received a letter from Elzie Rash asking for help so Earp starts there. After his wife reads a letter of introduction from Benteen, Rash trusts Earp. Earp noticed a man eying the Rash ranch when he arrived so he and Elzie leave to track him. After a few shots are traded, Elzie and his horse are slightly wounded. He takes the horses back for fresh ones and treatment while Earp continues on foot. They find another victim in his house and Earp meets the posse on the man's trail made up of outlaw ranchers. Earp has them keep the killer out of the lowlands while he and Elzie catch up and trade shoots again with the killer. Earp and the killer are both wounded but the killer leaves behind his saddle bags and a book with a hint as to who hired him. Earp decides to visit the rancher suspected ... Written by
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As Wyatt Earp's fame as a peace officer in Dodge City spread across the Western country, men remembered that he was also a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Thus, when his old friend, Colonel Benteen of the 7th Cavalry at Fort Lewis, Colorado, found himself facing the problem of a mysterious killer who shot only from ambush, Colonel Benteen could think of but one solution.