In a previous post in this forum, we explored this line of "connections" that stem from the story of lawman A.A. Gus Bobbitt:
Deputy Neil Morrison pursued the Casey gang
Deputy Neil Morrison contacted officer Gus Bobbitt
Bobbitt murdered by Shotgun Jim Miller
Jim Miller had also murdered officer Ben Collins
Collins was the uncle of the Keirsey brothers
Jim Keirsey killed in shootout with Owen Edwards
Con Keirsey pursued Terrill & Inman
Con Keirsey killed in shootout with Davis brothers
Edwards, Terrill, & Inman all had been members of the Kimes gang
At the recent Oklahombres Rendezvous in Pauls Valley, speakers Mike Tower and Mike Koch presented stories that illustrate some more "Oklahombres Connections" that stem from Gus Bobbitt. And, there is similar information published in the Oklahombres Journal, Fall 2003 issue. Ken Butler wrote the article titled "The Troublesome Stevenson Brothers."
The murderers of Bobbitt were being held in the Ada jail when, on April 19, 1909, a lynch mob broke in and removed the four men. They were hung in a nearby barn. The lynch mob took this action because it had been learned that some of the murderers were going to be represented by Moman Pruiett, the notorious defense attorney. Only 36 hours previously, Pruiett had successfully obtained a verdict of "not guilty" for Jim Stevenson in the murder of a Pauls Valley lawman.
Jim Stevenson had been on trial for the November 3rd, 1907 murder of Pauls Valley City Marshal Randolph Cathey. Jim's brother John Stevenson had also murdered an Oklahoma lawman.
Brothers John and Jim Stevenson resided in Pauls Valley, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. On August 22nd, 1893, John Stevenson shot and killed Indian Police Constable Joe Gaines on Smoky Row in Pauls Valley.
John Stevenson was convicted of the murder in 1895, won a new trial on appeal in 1896, and the second trial resulted in a hung jury. In 1897 John was tried a third time and found guilty of manslaughter. Moman Pruiett was hired to appeal, and another trial was ordered. Pruiett represented John Stevenson this time, and in 1899 he was found not guilty of murdering officer Gaines.
John Stevenson was an acquaintance of Fred Waite. In fact, Waite had been visiting the Stevenson home the night that John murdered Joe Gaines. Fred Waite is discussed elsewhere in this forum in connection with the Lincoln County War:
These are only the major parts of this line of connections. Can you Hombres out there fill in some more details?
I don't think you ought to forget Bill Washington, Chickasaw cattleman and all around bad guy. There are old timer stories that he employed Washington as an enforcer and may have paid him for at least one hit. There is also a story that it was Washington who was paying for the Pruiett representation and that the "mob" in Ada got wind of it and literally ran Washington out of town. Dee Harkey, who claims to have disarmed Miller, devoted a whole chapter to his less than cordial dealings with Washington, including what he perceived as an assassination attempt.
It is my understanding that A A Bobbitt was not a law enforcement officer when he was killed.
Is that correct?
Dennis L Lippe, Chairman
Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial
PO Box 10776
Oklahoma City, OK 73140-1776
A. A. "Gus Bobbitt was killed on February 26, 1909 and is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Ada, Oklahoma. He was at the time a prominent farmer and handler of cattle.
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