(Sylvester) during taping of Mummies Alive in Seattle, Washington.
Jefferson Randolph Smith's II
had the pleasure of being a "talking head," speaking about Soapy
Smith and the theory of the identity of McGinty.
is the original McGinty. I believe it is the corpse of a man
known only as "The Louisiana Kid," shot and killed in Creede,
Colorado by Joe Palmer and possibly Soapy Smith during a gun
battle. The "Kid," according to a Denver
newspaper, was shot in the body and head, but somehow managed to
escape, but was never found. I believe he died of his wounds and
Soapy had him "petrified." Soapy toured and sold half-interests
in the body until 1895 when he last sold it in Hillyard,
Sylvester is in Washington, with a bullet wound
to the gut, and a shotgun blast to the head. A poor photo of
McGinty taken in the 1890s clearly matches the body, arm, and
leg positions. The circumstantial evidence is pretty positive.
My theory on the "Kid" is just a theory, but a pretty good one
considering the wounds, etc. Details of McGinty and Sylvester
can be found in Jefferson Randolph Smith's II book,
ALIAS SOAPY SMITH.
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