The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok by Richard Matheson*sigh* Unbelievable. Is this what Richard Matheson has reduced himself to? It becomes pretty clear early on that the real Wild Bill Hickok was the template for Mathesons previous western Journal of the Gun Years and protagonist as this book is almost a scene by scene rehash! Both are famous gunslingers whose reputation has exploded beyond their actual ability, both write diaries, both become sheriffs in small towns then move on to bigger places, both have mistresses who are red haired circus acrobats(!), both have random idiots come up to them to test their skill, both shot their deputies and have to leave their sheriff position, both cant handle their fame, both become actors on the stage about their lives, both find their mistresses are too old, both leave for a mining town to pursue riches, both develop eye problems, and both get shot in the mining town. To use Wild Bill as a character template in Journal of the Guns is fine, but to then write a sequel to the original book and use that exact same story is just fucking stupid and shows an utter contempt for ones fanbase.
Wild Bill Hickok is murdered
Wikimedia Commons Wild Bill Hickok. In the Wild West, the only thing more degenerate than a gunslinger was the lies they spun, and nobody spun bigger lies than Wild Bill Hickok. He shoots to kill. The article turned Wild Bill into a household name and he became a symbol of the Wild West; a man so feared that people shook when he came into town. There was just one problem — Wild Bill was not as fearsome as many believed. His father died when Hickok was just 15, and to provide for his large family the teenager hunted.
However, as he utilized several aliases throughout his lifetime, there may very well have been more dastardly deeds in his past of which we are unaware. Born around in Jefferson County, Kentucky, he was raised there along with his three sisters. McCall drifted west as a young adult and was working in the Kansas — Nebraska border country with a group of buffalo hunters by about Later he was known to have been in Wyoming before arriving in Deadwood, South Dakota in , going by the name of Bill Sutherland. Newspaper accounts described him as having thick chestnut hair, a small sandy mustache, a double chin, and crossed eyes.
Wild Bill Hickok is remembered for his services in Kansas as sheriff of Hays City and marshal of Abilene, where his ironhanded rule helped to tame two of the most lawless towns on the frontier. He is also remembered for the cards he was holding when he was shot dead -- a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights -- since known as the dead man's hand. The son of William Alonzo and Polly Butler Hickok, he was by all accounts a master marksman from an early age. For the next several years, Hickok worked as a stagecoach driver. During the Civil War he found employment as a teamster and spy for the Union Army.
James Butler Hickok May 27, — August 2, , better known as " Wild Bill " Hickok , was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his work across the frontier as a drover , wagon master , soldier, spy, scout , lawman, gunfighter , gambler, showman, and actor. He earned a great deal of notoriety in his own time, much of it bolstered by the many outlandish and often fabricated tales that he told about his life.
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His reputation as a gunfighter gave rise to legends and tales about his life. Hickok left home at age 17 and worked as a canal boat pilot in Utica, Illinois, before heading west in to Bleeding Kansas , which was embroiled in a violent conflict over whether slavery should be permitted there. Hickok joined the antislavery Free State Army of Jayhawkers and, having already become skilled with a gun as a youth, served as a bodyguard for Gen. James H. Later that year he became a teamster with the great freighting enterprise Russell, Majors and Waddell , creators of the Pony Express , for which he was too tall and heavy to be a rider. Hickok was bedridden for months before he went to southern Nebraska in the summer of to work at the Pony Express station at Rock Creek. George Ward Nichols, who claimed to have been told the story by Hickok in
Other articles and books followed, and though his prowess was often exaggerated, Hickok did earn his reputation with a string of impressive gunfights. After accidentally killing his deputy during an shootout in Abilene, Kansas, Hickok never fought another gun battle. For the next several years he lived off his famous reputation. Occasionally, he worked as guide for wealthy hunters. His renowned eyesight began to fail, and for a time he was reduced to wandering the West trying to make a living as a gambler.
McCall was executed for the murder on March 1, Many details of McCall's life are unknown. He was born in the early s in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The inebriated McCall quickly took his place. McCall proceeded to lose several hands, and was soon broke. Hickok offered McCall money to buy breakfast and advised him not to play again until he could cover his losses. Though McCall accepted the money, he reportedly felt insulted.