Email Letters: June 7, 2017
Harvey Logan dead-or-alive question has simmered for decades
Regarding Bob Silbernagel’s recent column, the Harvey Logan dead-or-alive question has simmered for decades. Worth mentioning are two excellent Harvey Logan biographies, Mark T. Smokov, He Rode with Butch and Sundance: The Story of Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan (2012) and Gary A. Wilson, The Life and Death of Kid Curry: Tiger of the Wild Bunch (2016), and as well as my minor contribution to the story, “Tap Duncan Wasn’t Killed: New Revelations About Harvey Logan Following the Parachute Robbery,” WOLA Journal, Spring 1997: https://diggingupbutchandsundance.wordpress.com/articles/
Exactly how Tap Duncan’s name got mixed up in the holdup is not entirely clear, but he could not have been the suicide, because he was later a rancher in Arizona, dying there in an auto accident in 1944. Wilson believed that a second robber, apart from Harvey Logan, also died, George Kilpatrick. Wilson thinks he was wounded, escaped, and died soon thereafter. His body was never found.
Lowell Spence had seen Logan up close during his Knoxville incarceration and trial a couple of years before the train robbery, so I would give his identification serious credence. Several other people also said the dead man was Logan. As for Logan’s wrist scar, as well as a telltale head scar, both were observed on the suicide’s body, though not in every account, thus fueling the controversy.
An excerpt from something I wrote in 2014 on the scar question:
“Marks on body: a number of people examined the bandit’s body before it was buried and after it was exhumed. Not surprisingly, they did not agree on every particular—this was turn-of-the-last century forensics, not 21st century CSI. Keep in mind that there was disagreement on what distinguishing marks Logan had, pre-Parachute. In any event, several of Logan’s apparent pre-Parachute marks were observed on the dead bandit’s body. Of note: the presumed wrist scar, which looms large in some accounts (but is not mentioned at all or described as slight in other accounts) was noticed by one examiner, see Smokov, p. 297. More importantly, a major scar on Logan’s head, resulting from his fight with Knoxville policemen, was noticed on the head of the dead bandit, see Smokov, p. 308.”
Our country sank to the bottom over the last eight years and is only now starting to rise again
After reading Jim Spehar’s column last evening I can only assume that he and his family are off vacationing somewhere and either poor old Bill Grant or Sean Goodbody wrote the column for him. Either that or my assumption that Mr. Spehar was a reasonable, middle of the road Democrat was totally in error.
I would suggest that those who are apoplectic over President Trump pulling us out of the Paris climate agreement read it – I mean actually read it to see what is in it. Why should China and India get a pass until the year 2030 on their carbon emissions?
By the way, I don’t recall Mr. Spehar having anything to say about Obama’s many trips to the golf course. It didn’t bother me when Obama was doing it and I have no problem with President Trump playing golf as well. Any semblance of a “we’re all in this together” attitude was destroyed by the Obama regime. I like the U.S. not leading from behind. By the way, ask the people how efficient the solar panels sold today will be in 20 years and what the life expectancy of a solar panel is. Why is it not possible that we can have both fossil fuel extraction, renewable energy, and strive for energy efficiency at the same time?
Finally in my view this ship sank to the bottom over the last eight years and is only now starting to rise again.