The Day Coffeyville Bled - The Dalton Johnson Gang


Chapter X - Theory

         Theory is a marvelous tool that when implemented properly will allow the reader to view an entirely different perspective of given situations from a totally new forum.
         However, if the concept explored is incorrectly applied, the result can be a faint glimmer of truth shrouded in a cloak of secrecy that allows no room for the light of that truth. In reference to the Dalton/Johnson Gang’s activities, the latter was well used by its creators and to the fullest extent was held up as fact. Moreover, should the mere inkling of truth have been formed due to an outside opinion, the thought was immediately quashed and regarded as a lie.
         For years, the story behind the story of the Dalton/Johnson Gang has been buried in obscurity. Today, due to the intensive research efforts by less than a handful of persons seeking to learn what is behind the shadowy image projected, more of an honest outlook emerges.
         Emmett Dalton held true to his brother Bob’s wishes when in his dying words, Bob exclaimed, “Never surrender! Die game!” Those few words were to be held in Emmett’s soul for the duration of his time on earth. To the best of his ability, not with gun, but with pen and paper, Emmett continued to evade the authorities. His recklessness was sharpened with the assistance of Julia Ann Johnson, by then his wife. Together, they painted an image of what they wanted the public to perceive as a genuine vision of the Dalton Gang’s exploits. To that end, they held tightly to the reins of historical myth and delivered little in the way of a truthful remark concerning their past.
         The primary reason for this was and is that there is no statute of limitations for murder. Together, with the help of Emmett’s brothers and Julia Ann’s sister, both Emmett and Julia had been involved in a number of such occurrences. They would have been arrested and charged with a series of these crimes and most certainly would have remained incarcerated for the rest of their natural lives, if not executed.
         Eugenia Moore comes to the forefront as the most distinguishing character ever created in the Dalton world of fantasy. She was to become the pillar of their sadistic styles, their vengeful ways, and she was to be their scapegoat when needed. She was also to escape justice in a way that was most fortunate for those who had survived the days of the Old West. She was simply and plainly allowed to disappear from the scene. Her disappearance was never much investigated as the facts provided about her...(click here for more chapter previews)


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