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Encyclopedia > Franklin Leslie

"Buckskin" Frank Leslie (1842-1925?) was a western gunman, most known as the killer of Billy Claiborne, as well as an Indian scout and customs official and prospector. 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Billy Claiborne (1860-November 14, 1882) was a western outlaw and gunfighter who was one of the survivors of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. ...


Early life

Born Nashville Franklin [Franklyn] Leslie, he was first recorded as a scout for the U.S. Army in Texas, Oklahoma and the Dakotas during the 1870s before arriving in Tombstone, Arizona in 1880, where he opened the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Shortly after, he began having an affair with a married woman and, when her jealous husband confronted him, Leslie shot and killed him on June 22, 1880 (only a week later, Leslie and the recently widowed May Killeen were married). Tombstone in year 1891 Tombstone is a city located in Cochise County, Arizona, USA, founded in 1879 in what was then the Arizona Territory. ...


On November 14, 1882, Leslie became involved in an argument with Billy Claiborne who, after the recent death of William Bonney, had demanded to be known as "Billy the Kid". A survivor of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Claiborne had already murdered three men who had ridiculed him when he threatened Leslie. When Leslie refused him, Claiborne would return later that night to the Oriental Saloon where, after calling out Leslie, would later result in the death of Claiborne in the following gunfight. Henry McCarty (November 23, 1860–July 14, 1881) better known as Billy the Kid but also known by the alias William Henry Bonney, was a 19th century American frontier outlaw and murderer who was a participant in the Lincoln County War. ... Newspaper coverage of the fight. ...

During the Apache uprisings during the mid-1880s, Leslie returned to service in the U.S. Army as an Indian scout on at least two separate occasions and also acted as a mounted customs inspector along the Rio Grande area. The Apache Wars were fought during the nineteenth century between the U.S. military and many western tribes. ... The Rio Grande flowing in Big Bend National Park The Rio Grande in its lower course, between Matamoros and Brownsville Known as the Rio Grande in the United States and as the Río Bravo (or, more formally, the Río Bravo del Norte) in Mexico, the river, 3034 km...

Leslie and Killeen divorced in 1887, after seven years of marriage (supposedly, according to legend, of Killeen's claim that Leslie would shoot at her as he attempted to trace her outline along a wall). Soon after, Leslie began living with local prostitute Molly Williams until her death when Leslie, arriving home drunk, killed her in an argument. Charged with her death, Leslie was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

Later years

After serving 8 years, Leslie was pardoned and released from the Yuma territorial prison in 1897. Traveling to Mexico, Leslie became a field assistant to a Professor Dumell on a geological survey for coal deposits. After trying his hand at prospecting in the Alaskan gold fields, Leslie moved to Oakland, California in 1913 where he ran a pool hall until disappearing from record around 1922, however several sources claim he eventually committed suicide. Yuma can refer to: The Quechan or Yuma tribe of Native Americans in the United States Yuma, Arizona in the USA Yuma county, Arizona (in which the city of Yuma is located) Yuma county, Colorado in the USA Yuma, Colorado in the USA (a city within Yuma county) The Yuma... Official language(s) English Capital Largest city Juneau Anchorage Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 1st 663,267 sq mi  1,717,854 km² 808 miles  1,300 km 1,479 miles  2,380 km 13. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is a major city on the east side (also called East Bay) of San Francisco Bay in Northern California in the United States. ...


  • Nash, Jay Robert. Encyclopedia of Organized Crime (K-R) Vol. III, Willmette, Illinois: Crimebooks Inc., 1990.

Further reading

  • Rickards, Colin. Buckskin Frank Leslie: Gunman of Tombstone, El Paso, 1964.

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