Wyatt leaves Ellsworth and becomes the Marshall of Wichita. His first challenge is a group of local vigilantes so intent on hanging a local Faro dealer that they are concealing evidence that he was acting in self-defense.
Earp and Murdock ride into Wichita to the news that Slick Lonagan has been arrested for murder and the "citizen's committee" or vigilantes want to lynch him. Sheriff Todd has held them off but he professes his job is to collect taxes and related functions as he is not a gunman. Until Murdock agrees that the vigilantes must go, Earp considers not taking the job due to his disdain for vigilantes. Murdock agrees he wants to end them as well. Earp sends the group packing although they say the man killed was unarmed. The next day Earp questions Rowdy Kate who confirms the dead man was wearing two 45's and that Dave Bennett, the vigilante leader, is crooked and wanted Lonagan to deal faro for him. Earp then forces Dr. Andrew Fabrique to perform a proper autopsy which shows part of gun belt and bullets embedded in the body from the double barrel shot gun blast. When the vigilantes return, Earp stops them, arrests the leaders, and shows the others the proof. The next day he asks the Judge to ...Written by
Wyatt Earp moved to Wichita after a locally renowned career as Marshal of Ellsworth, Kansas. Wichita was the new capital of cow towns where the great cattle drives from Texas reached the railroad. Hoodlums boasted there was no law in Wichita. The year 1875 saw Wyatt Earp become Marshal of that turbulent city, fighting frontier gunslingers with his fists, his .45 Colts, and his sawed off shotgun.
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