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<Guest>
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Does anyone know where the Bert Casey killed Ruff Schultz?
Any help is appreciated. TIA
 
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<john>
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Who is this Schultz person.
 
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<Old West>
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Maybe the question is about the "Rufus Choate" murder by Tom "Pigeon-toed" Powell at The Box saloon in November 1901.

References to this incident are mentioned in Howard K. Berry's book entitled "He Made It SAFE TO MURDER: The Life of Moman Pruiett" (pp. 200, 207 & 224). Quote from book:

"In late November of 1901, a cattle man named Rufus Choate, with a fresh roll, was there; Bert Casey, outlaw, with Jack Swofford, of the same vocation, ad Joe Mobely and Tom Powell, two weak, shiftless kids, were there, also. Everybody was drunk. Powell, the youngest and weakest of the Casey group, was afflicted with a ponderous pair of flat feet which flapped inward. He was so shiftless that he didn't object to being called 'Pigeon Foot'."(p.200)

(More about the killing and the trial.)

" 'You remember Tom Powell, the pigeon-footed little devil I defended, an' they gave a life sentence to?' Pruiett said. 'Well, Casey put him up to killin' Choate that night, an' he took part of the money Tom stole. Tom an' Joe Mobley was just kids. Casey took Joe an' drifted out into the Arapaho country, an' they got to robbin' an' mistreatin' farmers, an' burnin' down their houses an' so on . . .' " (p.224)
 
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<Guest>
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Tell, Old West, why the legal papers refer to the victim as Schultz?
 
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<Old West>
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A more detailed description of the murder of Rufus Choate by Bert Casey and Tom Powell can be found in Ken Butler's excellent book entitled "Oklahoma Renegades: Their Deeds and Misdeeds". (pp. 64-65, 67, 114, 137-140).

The murder actually happened in March of 1901 as reported in the Daily Ardmoreite dtd 3/10/1901 and 3/17/1901. Another description appears in the Chickasaw Enterprise on 12/5/1901(or 1902), during Powell's trial, which resulted in a hung jury. After three (3) years of continuances, Powell was finally convicted in the Fall of 1904 of murder, and sentenced to Life in prison.

Pauls Valley Enterprise 11/17/1904 & 11/24/1904 & 12/8/1904; also, Pauls Valley Sentinel 11/24/1904.

Chapter 20 of Butler's book is entitled "The Defense of Tom Powell" (pp. 137-140).

NOTE: Several newspapers of the period mis-spelled Rufus Choate's name as Luther Shoot, Luther Choate, & William Choate.
 
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