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
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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