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Jack McCall
Jack McCall

Jack McCall (also known as "Crooked Nose" Jack) (born in the early 1850s in Jefferson County, Kentucky – died April i1, 1888 in Nacoma Texas, is the man who shot James "Wild Bill" Hickok from behind, an act that among admirers of Hickok and students of Hickok's history has given rise to the phrase "the coward Jack McCall", often uttered as one word. Image File history File links Jack_mccall. ... Image File history File links Jack_mccall. ... // Events and Trends Technology Production of steel revolutionised by invention of the Bessemer process Benjamin Silliman fractionates petroleum by distillation for the first time First transatlantic telegraph cable laid First safety elevator installed by Elisha Otis Science Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species, putting forward the theory of evolution... Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. ... James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a legendary figure in the American Wild West. ...

Life and murder of Hickok

The details of McCall's life are lost. He was raised in Kentucky with three sisters, but drifted west and became a buffalo hunter. By 1876 he was living in a gold mining camp called Deadwood, South Dakota, under the alias of Bill Sutherland. Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Binomial name Bison bison (Linnaeus, 1758) Subspecies B. b. ... Hunting is, in its most general sense, the pursuit of a target. ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Gold mining consists of the processes and techniques employed in the removal of gold from the ground. ... A photograph of Deadwood in 1876. ... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ...

On August 2, 1876, in the Nuttal & Mann's #10 Saloon in Deadwood, McCall shot Hickok in the back of the head with a double-action .45-caliber revolver, shouting "Take that!" Hickok, in contrast to his normal habit of sitting in a corner to protect his back, on that day sat with his back to the door while engaged in a game of poker. Ironically, the killing was apparently over McCall's drunken resentment of an act of generosity by Hickok, Hickok having offered McCall money to buy breakfast after McCall had lost it all playing poker the previous day. McCall claimed, however, that the killing was retribution for Hickok having previously killed McCall's brother in Abilene, Kansas. McCall was found innocent after two hours deliberation by an impromptu court in McDaniel's Theater, made up of local miners and businessmen, causing the Black Hills Pioneer to editorialize: August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Nuttal & Manns was a saloon located in Deadwood, South Dakota, and the deathplace of Wild Bill Hickok. ... Tourists sit outside a bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand A Depression-era bar in Louisiana. ... The word calibre (British English) or caliber (American English) designates the interior diameter of a tube or the exterior diameter of a wire or rod. ... rEVOLVEr (2004) is the fourth studio album release by Swedish thrash metal band The Haunted. ... Poker Room at the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Poker is a card game, the most popular of a class of games called vying games, in which players with fully or partially concealed cards make wagers into a central pot, which is awarded to the player or players... Abilene is a city in Dickinson County, Kansas, United States, 163 miles (262 km) west of Kansas City. ... The Black Hills Pioneer, published by A. W. Merrick along with W. A. Laughlin, was the first newspaper in Deadwood, South Dakota. ...

"Should it ever be our misfortune to kill a man ... we would simply ask that our trial may take place in some of the mining camps of these hills."

No trial and Escape

McCall then fled town to Wyoming, where he bragged, at length, about the details of how he had killed Hickok in a fair gunfight. Unfortunately for McCall, however, the Wyoming authorities refused to recognize the result of McCall's first trial on the grounds of Deadwood having been in Indian Territory at the time and contended that McCall was liable to be tried again, but he wasn't. To be more accessible to a general audience, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Indian Territory in 1836 Indian Country redirects here. ...

He escaped and sailed around South America, and he hid in the town of Nocona Texas, where he lived until 1888. He is Buried in The McCall Family Plot in Nocona Texas.


  • McCall was not really executed,as in legend, but an innocent man was accidentaly mistaken for McCall and executed.
  • McCall's killing of Hickok plays a part in the HBO television series Deadwood. McCall was portrayed by Garret Dillahunt.

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After the war, "Burma," as McCall is sometimes called, returned to the vast, green pastures of County Armagh, a part of Northern Ireland not unlike the Tomales area in the spring, and resumed a quiet farming life.
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McCall spent the next five years in Burma, where the fighting was as bad as any in modern history, and the rules of warfare were disregarded by both sides.
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