Ike Clanton Biography
(Member of Brigand Group - The Cowboys)
Born In: Callaway County, Missouri
Joseph Isaac “Ike” Clanton was an American outlaw and a member of the notorious group of brigands who called themselves ‘The Cowboys’. One of the near-mythical figures of the American Old Wild West, he was present at the infamous 30-second shootout known as the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Clanton grew up in the frontier areas of Missouri and later moved with his family to Tombstone, Arizona before it was a town or even a mining community. There, the family set up the Clanton ranch, which in time became hugely profitable. The Clantons gained notoriety for their reckless behaviour, cattle rustling, and their long-standing rivalry with the Earp brothers. Ike particularly harboured deep animosity against Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. After the event at the O.K. Corral, where he lost one of his brothers, he filed murder charges against the Earps and Holliday. But they were later acquitted due to the inconsistencies in Clanton’s statements. He was killed six years later while trying to flee from a lawman who was trying to arrest him for cattle rustling charges. Clanton’s life has been the subject of numerous literary works, and he has been portrayed on both films and TV shows by the likes of Grant Withers, William Tannen, Stephen Lang, and Jeff Fahey.