We have probably all heard the outlaw Bill Doolin was shot and killed by Federal Marshals as he was leading a wagon with his wife and young son down a darkened road. He was apparently trying to flee from the area and settle with his family further West. He was also in poor health and apparently sought safe refuge on the ranch of Eugene Manlove Rhodes. Most historians have given this senario of Doolin's death. However, Denis Mc Loughlin in Wild and Wooly, an Encyclopedia of the Old West, gives another version. He states that Doolin had died earlier of consumption and that Heck Thomas fired the shotgun bullets into his corpse. Mc Loughlin's book was the only place I had ever seen this particular version, until recently. In The Encylopedia of American Crime, Carl Sifakis recounts both versions He states: "It was not.\, however, an act of greed on Thomas' part. Like many other law officers, he respected Bill Doolin and did not wish to see his widow and young boy live in poverty. He gave the $5,000 reward money to the widow." This second version did not appear for a great many years after Doolin's death, and may well be an example of what I call flim-flam. Have any of you ever heard of this second version, or know anything about its veracity?