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William Brocius
William "Curly Bill" Brocius
Curly Bill Brocius in a photo from the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone
Born c. 1845
Believed to be Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States
Died March 24, 1882
Iron Springs, Arizona Territory, United States
Cause of death
Nationality American
Other names
Occupation Cowboy, outlaw, rustler
Known for
Allegiance The Cowboys

William Brocius (c. 1845 – March 24, 1882), better known as Curly Bill Brocius, was a gunman, rustler and an outlaw Cowboy in the Cochise County area of the Arizona Territory during the early 1880s. His name is almost certainly an alias, and there is evidence linking him to another outlaw named William "Curly Bill" Bresnaham who had committed an 1878 attempted robbery in El Paso, Texas.

Brocius had a number of conflicts with the lawmen of the Earp family, and he was named as one of the individuals who participated in Morgan Earp's assassination. Deputy U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp and a group of deputies including his brother Warren Earp pursued those they believed responsible for Morgan's death. The Earp posse unexpectedly encountered Curly Bill and other Cowboys on March 24, 1882, at Iron Springs (present day Mescal Springs). Wyatt killed Curly Bill during the shoot out. In his journal written in October 1881, George Parsons referred to Brocius as "Arizona's most famous outlaw".


William Brocius sections
Intro   Origins    Arrival in Tombstone    Gunfight at Iron Springs    Portrayals in film and television   Additional reading    References    External links   

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William Brocius
William "Curly Bill" Brocius
Curly Bill Brocius in a photo from the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone
Born c. 1845
Believed to be Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States
Died March 24, 1882
Iron Springs, Arizona Territory, United States
Cause of death
Nationality American
Other names
Occupation Cowboy, outlaw, rustler
Known for
Allegiance The Cowboys

William Brocius (c. 1845 – March 24, 1882), better known as Curly Bill Brocius, was a gunman, rustler and an outlaw Cowboy in the Cochise County area of the Arizona Territory during the early 1880s. His name is almost certainly an alias, and there is evidence linking him to another outlaw named William "Curly Bill" Bresnaham who had committed an 1878 attempted robbery in El Paso, Texas.

Brocius had a number of conflicts with the lawmen of the Earp family, and he was named as one of the individuals who participated in Morgan Earp's assassination. Deputy U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp and a group of deputies including his brother Warren Earp pursued those they believed responsible for Morgan's death. The Earp posse unexpectedly encountered Curly Bill and other Cowboys on March 24, 1882, at Iron Springs (present day Mescal Springs). Wyatt killed Curly Bill during the shoot out. In his journal written in October 1881, George Parsons referred to Brocius as "Arizona's most famous outlaw".


William Brocius sections
Intro   Origins    Arrival in Tombstone    Gunfight at Iron Springs    Portrayals in film and television   Additional reading    References    External links   

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Origins
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