SOURCE: Signalman Publishing

Signalman Publishing

February 15, 2012 07:00 ET

They Got the Wrong Man: New Research Reveals Who Really Killed Wild Bill Hickok

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2012) - In the American Old West, there was a different kind of justice. Usually it was quick, if not all that accurate. In Signalman Publishing's newest release, Wild Bill Hickok and the Wrath of the Dead Rabbits, researcher James Regan of Prescott, Arizona uncovers new evidence of the real story of the revenge killing of notorious gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok and how an innocent man was hanged for it. Signalman announces this release in paperback and ebook for the Kindle, Nook, and Apple iBookstore.

On the afternoon of August 2, 1876, in the Number Ten Saloon of Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the back while playing cards. Jack McCall was charged with the murder and found innocent -- at first. In 1877, however, he was re-tried and then executed by hanging for the murder of Wild Bill.

These facts can be found in history books. However, there are many questions that have remained unanswered through the years:

  • Why would Jack McCall use the excuse that he shot Wild Bill because Hickok had killed his brother, when McCall never had a brother?
  • How did the card player sitting across from Wild Bill get shot?
  • How did McCall, a known vagrant about Deadwood, become a well-dressed man with money to burn the day after his first trial?
  • What was McCall attempting to talk about just before he was hung, when he wrote to two newspapers, offering up "The Plot To Kill Wild Bill"?
  • What involvement did an Irish gang from New York, called the Dead Rabbits, have in the murder of Wild Bill?

For the first time, these questions can now be answered through the meticulous research of author James Regan.

John McClure, president of Signalman, added, "This is a fascinating book of a violent segment of American history that reveals not just new information on Wild Bill, but the role that Irish gangs played in the Civil War military and the life of some Americans on the frontier."

Wild Bill Hickok and the Wrath of the Dead Rabbits (ISBN: 978-1-935991-32-8, $14.99, Non-Fiction U.S. History) from indie book publisher Signalman, is available through Amazon,, and wherever fine books are sold.

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