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Frequently asked questions:
From time to time, we’ll try to answer some of the random questions that show up often as searches on the blog. The questions and answers below are randomly organized, from the newest post to the oldest one.
Q. Did Doc Holliday infect anyone else with tuberculosis?
A. If he did, it was not widely known and is not documented. Tuberculosis was spread from person to person by airborne bacterium when the infected person coughed, etc. A cure was not found until 1940, long after Doc died.
Q. Did Ima Hogg have a sister named Ura Hogg?
A. No. That Ima Hogg had a sister named Ura Hogg is an urban legend.
Q. How accurate is the Bonnie and Clyde film from 1967?
A. Many would agree that it glamorized the outlaws. Here are some of the other points that we often see on this subject: Bonnie is first named in the film’s title whereas Clyde Barrow was more the focus in the day. The character C. W. Moss appears to be a fictional blend of two individuals, Henry Methvin and W. D. Jones, neither of whom are named characters in the film. Lawman Frank Hamer was not captured by the gang. Hamer had not met the outlaws before the day of the ambush (5/23/34) in Louisiana. For a longer discussion, please see our post Bonnie and Clyde Film (1967) Versus the Historical Facts.
Q. Is there a sacred Indian ground near Burkburnett, Texas?
A. Not that we have heard of. The nearest thing to this is Medicine Mound, now a ghost town, which is a reference to some hills between Quanah and Vernon. The white rock/powder was thought to have healing properties.
Q. How many people came to Bonnie and Clyde’s funeral?
A. There were two funerals at two different locations in Dallas. We’ve not seen any numbers, but expect the number of attendees to have been in the hundreds. Their remains were also available for viewing before the funerals, though. We’ve seen different numbers, but according to Jeff Guin’s book Go Down Together around 10,000 viewed Clyde’s remains and 20,000 viewed Bonnie’s remains.