MRS WYATT EARP...by b. Malin
We all know about about the great American Lawman, Wyatt Earp and the famous "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"...But haven't you ever wondered about his wife? And what sort of a Woman he was married to... Well I'm about to fill you in. I've gone back in time, way back, for this interview. So sit back, read, and Enjoy!
(Me) I am so thrilled to have this honor, Josephine, may I call you Josephine?
Josephine, "Yes you Can". My full name is, Josephine Sarah Marcus, shall I go on?
(Me) Please do. I want you to say whatever you would like about yourself and your childhood, and of course your Marriage. "You talk, and I'll take notes", I said with a smile.
Josephine, Well I was born in Brooklyn, in l861, the third child of four children... I am Jewish...Bet many people did not know that. Anyway, I had an average childhood, but when I reached 18, I ran away and joined a Touring Theatre Company. Which you can imagine in l879 was considered to be a Brazen move for a young women from a respectable family.
Eventually I moved to Arizona where I met Johnny Behan, a Sheriff of Yavapai County. Mr. Behan, was married...But well, (she blushed) we took up right away, you know...Anyway, when Johnny was hired for a new job, as Sheriff of a town called "Tombstone"... he asked me to go with him, and I did. Now Johnny was a less than righteous Sheriff. He began doing business with the local criminal element and began frequenting Brothels...I guess I wasn't enough for him.
(Me) Why you've really led an exciting and interesting life Josephine...So when did you dump this loser and meet Wyatt?
Josephine, well, I was just getting to that. It was in Tombstone that I became romantically involved with Wyatt Earp who was also a Lawman there. It was a whirlwind courtship...Love at first sight! I dropped Johnny as quickly as I could...And Wyatt and I got married.
(Me) Can you tell me about the Famous "Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral"
Josephine, Oh yes. Wyatt and his brother started the Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral while trying to apprehend a gang of outlaw cowboys...An event which lasted 30 seconds, saw 30 Bullets fly...and which was known as the most famous gunfight in the history of the Old West.
(Me) Some historians have suggested that the rivalry between the Earps and the Cowboys, who where business associates of Sheriff Behan, might have been precipitated by Johnny Behan's jealousy regarding you and Wyatt. What do you think Josephine?
Josephine, sighing, I suppose there is some truth to that...Wyatt and I remained married for 48 years, 48 Wonderful years. Not too many people know this, But Wyatt's remains were buried alongside mine in my families plot at a Jewish Cemetery in California. Wyatt died first, and even though he himself was not Jewish, he chose to be buried there. Eventually I joined him.
Now my dear, I've got to run...Wyatt hates when I'm away from him too long.
(Me) Thank you so much for this Wonderful interview Josephine...and give my regards to Wyatt. Oh, one more little question? (Josephine Nods)
Did Wyatt know there was a TV show that ran many years, as well as some movies about him.
Josephine, Don't get me started on that...He watches them all the time and knows all the lines, honestly the man needs a hobby! But you just gotta Love him and I do! And having said that, I've got to fly now.
And she did... right out the Window.