This is a true account of the 1884 killing of Ben Thompson and King Fisher in San Antonio, Texas.
Known as two of the best pistol fighters of their day, Ben Thompson and John King Fisher have remained an enigma in the chronicles of the Western Frontier. While other gun fighters have achieved notoriety through the stories told in the pulp magazines and newspapers of the day these two men have been largely ignored. Both were credited with killing a string of men during their lifetime and the mere mention of their names was usually enough to sober up a drunken opponent or cause a sober man to contemplate his own epitaph. These men were not cold-blooded murders but rather stand-up gun fighters that faced their adversaries in the winner-take-all shootout. The article tells their story in vivid detail and relates the true account of their deaths in a mystery shrouded ambush in a San Antonio saloon on a chilly March night in 1884.
One of the great true stories of the Old West as told by G.R. Williamson, a historical writer living in Kerrville, Texas. He is the author of The Texas Pistoleers (2011) and Frontier Gambling (2012). Currently he is at work on a non-fiction book about Willis Newton – The Last Texas Outlaw.
Tale of Notorious Gunmen Ends In a Pool of Blood
Publication date: 03/07/2012
This is a true account of the 1884 killing of Ben Thompson and King Fisher.
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