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Edward Capehart O’Kelley Release Date

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American murderer Edward Capehart O’Kelley (October 1, 1857 – January 13, 1904) killed Robert Ford, who had murdered renowned outlaw Jesse James in order to collect a bounty. A book about him was written in 1994 by O’Kelley’s great-great-niece.

O’Kelley’s surname has been misspelled as “Kelly” or “O’Kelly” by historians and modern newspapers over the years. He occasionally used the letter “O” as his middle initial.

Edward Capehart O’Kelley Release Date

O’Kelley was only imprisoned for about nine years at the Colorado State Penitentiary before being released for two reasons: first, a petition with 7,000 signatures supporting his release; and second, a medical issue.

O’Kelley relocated to Oklahoma City following his release. Not long after coming to town, Otto Ewing of the nearby Southern Club, a gambling establishment, recognized him.

Ewing allegedly had ties to Ford’s Creede saloon and might have even been present when O’Kelley killed Ford. Ewing warned people to stay away from O’Kelley because he was a dangerous man.


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