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Bob Wright

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In the scene from "Tombstone" where Curley Bill shoots town marshal Fred White, the gun is shown being fired upside down. Charles Askins described the "Curley Bill Spin" as dropping the gun with a half roll and being caught by the trigger guard and flipping the gun around so it is fired "right side up." I have heard some say offering the gun upside down is far too obvious and no old west peace officer would fall for the ruse if done that way. Supposedly Curley Bill bragged he once disarmed Wyatt Earp in Dodge City in such a manner, but no shots were fired. Reportedly Marshal White lived long enough to say the gun fired accidentally when he grabbed for the gun, and Curley Bill did not intend to shoot him.

Incidentally, the body of Curley Bill Brocius was found outside of town some ways. He had no boots and had been dead some time when found. The general opinion was he shot himself while in a drunken stupor.

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If you seen it on a TV show or in a movie, count on it being for entertainment first and foremost and the director thought it looked good. If it's based on a true story what's that really mean. Could be they used the name of a real person in history.
 

Bob Wright

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I confused the two, Johnny Ringo and Curley Bill. It was Ringo who was found dead and ruled suicide, though many believed it was one of the Earps or Doc Holiday who did him in.

Curley Bill was killed later ina shoot-out with Wyatt Earp.

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