(2004?) I went to Tombstone the other day and saw these pictures, one in the Bird Cage Theater and one in the Rose Tree Museum. The story behind them reminded me of hunters who go out and kill a whole mess of coyotes or foxes or raccoons and then bring back one of the orphaned baby whatevers for the kids to raise. Those displaced youngsters don't fare well, either. I'll let the pictures tell Apache May's story:
Here's the text of the second picture so search engines can find it. Errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation; the general tone; and the author's sensibilities are NOT mine:
Update: I took a ride to the old Slaughter Ranch, which is now a park of sorts outside of Douglas. It is a beautiful place...a real oasis. In the house there were framed magazine pages and some of those had Apache May stories. The whole thing was weird and horrible but none of the writers seemed to see the weirdness or the horror. For instance, one writer interviewed an old friend of the Slaughters who had met Apache May. The old friend mentioned that Apache May hated Viola Slaughter and used to tell people she was going to kill Mrs. Slaughter when she could. This was treated as comic. The child was about two years old when the Slaughters took her in--where did the hate come from?
What if she had not died? What if she had grown up and learned that the man who was her adopted father was probably the murderer of her parents, and certainly her kidnapper?
I am pretty sure about a couple things: I would not like John Slaughter. I would probably not like Viola in spite of the fact that she was an intrepid woman and I usually admire intrepid women. And by the time the Slaughters had worked their magic on her, I probably wouldn't have liked Apache May, either. It's a sad dark tale, and that's a fact.
Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Stanislaus, Saint Barsanuphius, Saint Isaac of Spoleto, Saint Godeberta, Saint Guthlac, and Saint Gemma Galgani.
Birthdays today: Ellen Goodman (1948, Boston), Joel Gray (1932, Cleveland), Louise Lasser (1939, NYC), and Meshach Taylor (1947, Boston).