Clanton was born in 1847, one of several children in Texas. His family
moved around a lot and spent some time in California. However, after
his mother's death they ended up in the Arizona Territory around 1877
and began a very successful cattle ranch, "Clanton Ranch". When
Tombstone became a boomtown two years later, Ike and brother Billy
would often travel to town for business as the incoming people had made
"Clanton Ranch" even more successful.
was associated with the "Cowboys" the first real organized crime
sydicate in the West. He and the group had a reputation for reckless
behavior including serious banditry and murder.
fights, accusations and
opposing beliefs led to the tension and animosity between Ike Clanton
and the Earp brothers, including Ike's loud mouth and inappropriate
behavior while he was drunk, which was
was arrested early in the day on October 26, 1881. Later the
McLaurys bailed him out and brother Billy arrived to calm him and
remove him from town. However, after the bail Tom was spotted in a
saloon with a gun and at the time it was agaisnt Tombstone law to carry
a weapon in town. This is what led the Earp brothers to meet to
Clantons, McLaurys and Claiborne near the O.K. Corral. It is still not
known who shot first, with many opinions in favor of the Earps and many
in favor of the Clanton-Mclaury side. In a 30 fight three men were left
dead. Ike Clanton was reported to flee in the beginning of the fight
and hide in a nearby building. He escaped uninjured.
the trials that
followed, after much backstabbing, story
changing, and lies Ike Clanton proved to be more useful to the Earp
side of the trials.
believed to have particpated in
two assassination attempts of the Earp brothers in the years following,
one of which was succesfful. This led him to be a target of Wyatt
Earp's "Vendetta Ride". However, no matter how much Ike did, he was not
killed by Wyatt or any of the Earps. On June 1, 1887 Ike resisted arrest
for cattle-rustling and was shot
dead. It is not known where Ike was buried but some people in 1996
claimed to have found a shallow grave under a large tree that they
believe to contain Ike's remains. Several requests to move Ike's body
to Boot Hill have been made, and all denied on account of leaving the
dead to rest where they are.