The Secret Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #31
Bonanza’s action-packed episodes, peppered with comedy, made the show a fan favorite for generations. John Hawkins wrote the thirty-first episode of season two, The Secret, which aired on May 6, 1961.
Little Joe Cartwright is arrested and charged with the murder of a pregnant girl named Mary Parson. Joe learns from the girl’s father, Jake (Crahan Denton), and her brothers that Mary allegedly planned to run away with him secretly on the night of her death. What makes things worse was the prosecution’s main witness, Joe’s old friend John Hardner (Russell Collins), attests to proving Joe guilty.
Morgan Woodward, Pat Michon, and Dayton Lummis join the cast members of this episode.
Read more about The Secret, which includes some interesting trivia, or watch the full episode below.
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The actors that appeared in The Secret, Bonanza’s sixty-third episode, are as follows:
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Stephen Joyce as Jerome Bell
- Patricia Michon as Betty Mae Wood (as Pat Michon)
- Crahan Denton as Jake Parson
- Russell Collins as John Hardner
- Dayton Lummis as Atty. Hiram Wood
- Morgan Woodward as Deputy Sheriff Rick Conley
- Sherwood Price as Pete Parson
- Bob Harris as Bill Parson
- Roy Engel as Dr. Paul Martin
- Bill Edwards as Man
Full Story Line for The Secret
John Hardner, on horseback, sees a carriage with a piebald tied behind. Thinking it was Mary and Little Joe, John waved a greeting, baffled when they didn’t greet him back.
Meanwhile, the carriage stops—Mary Parsons and an unknown person exit from the carriage. Mary kisses the man as they go for a walk. They reach a cliff, watching the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Later, a scream rings, and Mary is no longer beside the man by the cliff.
Jake Parsons visits the Ponderosa, and Ben warmly welcomes him for coffee. Jake tells Ben that Little Joe and his daughter, Mary, have been dating, much to Ben’s surprise. Joe arrives shortly after, after trying to find a lost horse. Joe couldn’t understand why Jake asked for his daughter, Mary. It appears that Jake believes Mary and Little Joe eloped, so Joe clarified that he hadn’t seen her. Jake insists on knowing Mary’s whereabouts, considering Mary told them that Joe was courting her for two months. Joe denies running away with Mary, which upsets Jake.
As Jake leaves the Ponderosa, his two sons ride up to deliver the news about Mary’s death. They discovered the buggy near Indian Leap while Mary’s body was at the bottom of the cliff.
Ben and Joe visit Virginia City to seek help from Attorney Hiram Wood. He advises the Cartwrights to go straight to the sheriff’s office to declare Joe’s whereabouts for the past few days. However, Sheriff Roy is in Carson City for another case. Hiram sends his partner, Jerome Bell, with the Cartwrights to ensure the deputy in charge, Rick Conley, will record their statements correctly.
The Parsons have brought Mary’s body to town for Doctor Martin to examine. However, Doctor Martine couldn’t confirm any detail regarding the accident, except that Mary was pregnant.
Upon leaving town, John Hardner finds it odd that Ben and Little Joe ignore his greeting. Doctor Martin and Deputy Sheriff Conley tell him about Mary Parson’s death. John tells them that he has seen Mary and Joe on the road to Indian Leap. His statement was enough for Conley to arrest Joe for murder.
Deputy Conley agrees to check the area where John found Mary and Joe riding the buggy. Upon investigating, they find it impossible to identify Joe’s face from the distance John was standing that day. John tells them that he recognized Joe through the gun tied down to his left leg. Deputy Conley arranges an inquest and a trial for the case.
Joe will stand trial for the murder of Mary Parsons. The Cartwrights believe that Mary mentioned leaving with Joe because she didn’t want her father to know her real lover.
Adam and Hoss leave to find out who could have gotten the paint pony and the left-handed gun.
Meanwhile, Betty Mae questions her fiancé’s love for her, thinking Jerome loves his work more than her.
Betty Mae goes to Jerome’s hotel room and finds a picture of Mary Parsons. Betty Mae realized Jerome was in love with Mary and was using her to achieve his plans since Mary couldn’t fulfill them. Understanding that Betty Mae now knows he is responsible for Mary’s death, Jerome goes after Betty Mae before she can speak to her father.
On the other hand, Adam and Hoss present the evidence they found proving Joe wasn’t Mary’s murderer. They find that Jerome purchased a paint pony and a left-handed holster. The Parsons and the Cartwrights, together, decide to confirm everything with Jerome Bell.
Jerome and Betty Mae scuffle on the hotel balcony, ending with Jerome falling to his death.
Proven innocent, the Cartwrights, together with Little Joe, finally go home in peace.
Full Script and Dialogue of The Secret
[Music] hmm hi mary little joe [Music] see [Music] oh [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] so [Music] my [Music] jake pause well bye gulley it's good to see you i figured you might feel like that yeah nice to see you too ben well come on in not many days happen like this ben i figure man ought to enjoy him while he can yeah like it says in the good book it ain't what a man's got it's his begets that counts well uh jake i agree with you there i guess we're lucky to have our children you're right come into this world with nothing we go out with nothing yeah what reason for man's existence if it ain't to look out for his kids very little i guess well i've been blessed that way two strapping boys the girl of course the boys have given me some trouble but not my mary she's as good as i come i agree with you jake she's a mighty fine girl sometimes i used to think that the only thing i could raise on my land was a ruckus two years without rain or grass and when the grass came fire and rustlers well you've had your share of hard luck jake there's no denying the lord's will keep working hard and sweating and things get better i'm going to send a 600 card of cattle to market this year 600 heads well by golly jake that's wonderful ben i want to do my share for the youngins well every father should you got good land to spare i got cattle and together we can scrape them up a nice little spread start him in right my mary and your little joe been hoping that it happened i'm purely happy it did jacob i i don't really know what you're aiming at well now a church wedding would have been more to my taste and a barbecue and a dance after and but i finally tracked that sorrow down fine how you doing mr parsons well little joe how's mary mary uh joe i um sit down it was bad enough for married elope but the least you could do would be to bring it back afterwards so we could help celebrate hey mary eloped huh who with oh now little joe i know about you younguns i couldn't be happier jake jake believes that that you eloped with his daughter mary me oh heck no sir i had in love with anybody no little joe there's no no need to lie about it well i'm not lying i haven't even seen her mary told me and the boys that you're gonna take her on a picnic yesterday me yes you she drove out in the buggy to meet you a little afternoon and she ain't been back since now if you didn't elope suppose you tell me where she was all last night and where she is now well i don't know i told you i haven't seen her where was he last night my son is old enough to answer for himself well you know where i was i was out looking for that sorrow got late so i camped in buckhorn flats it's your answer jake where is she and look all i can tell you is the truth i didn't see her if she went on a picnic with someone it wasn't me jake she said she is going with you well you must have heard her wrong she says you've been caught in her for two months you deny that i have to because it isn't true you calling my mary a liar no sir i'm saying there must be some mistake appears to me there is some kind of mistake some bad mistake appears to me too there's going to be a wedding when my mary comes home and tells me the truth about it jake i know you're upset but my son doesn't lie neither does my marry [Music] parsons may not be as rich as cartwrights but we do know the difference between right and wrong we found mary paw [Music] she's dead the buggy was near indian leap her body was at the bottom of the cliff jake this this is terrible is there anything cool we could do it you car tracks are done enough i want to see my daughter you boys take me to it we'll be back [Music] oh no someone might come in let them we're engaged aren't we i want the whole world to see and know how lucky i am dolly do you think the governor will be at the reception i don't know that's the tenth time you've asked me that does it really matter that much well of course it does i want to meet him contacts like that are very important in the legal profession jerome can't you ever forget business sweetheart i didn't have the start that your father did if i want to be worthy of you i've got to make every moment count you mr carter right i didn't know you were coming in this afternoon well we hadn't intended to uh mr bell hello betty may is hiram in please yes sir i'll tell him you're here thank you mr cartwright to see you sir ben little joe well this is a pleasant surprise what brings you into virginia city ben well i'm uh trouble we need your help oh i'm sorry to hear that ben oh that's what i'm here for come here come here i don't uh this isn't an ordinary legal matter i can make it sound pretty serious ben well it is it's quite personal i'll be outside if you want me mr wood what do you think the trouble is jerome i've never seen ben cartwright so upset people are always upset when they come to a lawyer's office that's why attorneys like your father get such large fees jerome that's a fine way to talk about your future father-in-law if you worked as hard as he did darling i would but every hour i work is an hour away from you we'll try working for an hour anyway i'll be back at two we can leave for the reception from here i'll be waiting for you man i can understand your concern about this but i don't see what you got to worry about little joe is chasing a horse and buck on flat all day there's no way he can be implicated in the death of this girl well maybe not legally but jake parsons and his boys think he is implicated man it was a terrible tragedy they were overwrought well i can understand that but i don't want my son gunned down by someone taking the law into his own hands why don't you worry about the parson boys but i can take care of them you do no such thing you'll go to the sheriff and give them a full account of your whereabouts these last few days and ben you tell him what transpired between jake parson and yourself that way any protection that needs to be done will come from the law all right haram came to you for advice if that's what you think we should do that's what you should do well roy coffee will know how to handle it yeah no sure if coffee's not in town he's in carson city on that wrestling case oh new deputy rick conley i think is in charge you think that'll make any difference on him i haven't had a chance to get acquainted with david conley but just to make sure i'll send jerome along with you to see that your statements are taken down properly thank you jerome would you step in please yes sir jerome i want you to go to the sheriff's office with ben and little joe they're gonna make a statement and i want you to protect their interest and see that it's recorded correctly do you want that taken care of immediately sir you know betty may and i do at the reception well i don't have to wait of course is this ponderosa business well not exactly little joe is going to make a statement as to his whereabouts at the time of mary parsons death mary parson i hadn't heard her body was found at the bottom of indian leap [Music] three weeks prior to the company and a person in the company of others well this seems to be perfectly all right all right people to sign it i'll just witness it that should take care of things unless there's an end quest inquest i see no reason for an inquest there's obviously a case of accidental death well maybe it was and maybe it wouldn't that's not for me to decide that's up to the corner well i i feel that an inquest would be completely out of order in a case like this well mister i don't care what you feel i'm running this office until sheriff coffee gets back now i'm not about to decide anything until doc martin tells me whether it looks to him like this girl was hit choked shot or whatever before she took that fall we can understand your position rick and we'll go along with anything that's necessary do you uh you want us to stay in town might be a good idea mr cartwright jake and his boys brought the girl's body and doc martin's making the examination right now you gentlemen excuse me i'm late for an appointment however i must advise you that even if there is an inquest there's no need for you to stay in town there was no witness to involve little joe i'll be able to handle everything at the proper time thank you mr bell bye sir he's right mr cartwright i can't keep you in town unless you want to stay well we'll uh we'll stay in town until after the doctor's made his examination we'll be in his office if you need us alright what's the doctor gonna be able to tell us i don't know the more information we have the better we'll be able to reason with jake parsons yeah well that girl fell till on her feet i don't see they could tell anything doctor were you able to reach any conclusion there's one conclusion that was easy to reach what was that every bone in our body was broken was there anything to indicate that well it was anything but an accident not specifically well then it was an accident then it could have been or it could have been suicide suicide what makes you say that she wasn't married was she you know she wasn't she should have been my son oh bye i was never even alone with her i'm gonna have to tell this deputy conley right away i guess you know that ben yeah i know that i i was just thinking about what jake parsons gonna do when he finds out the truth thank you doctor better go [Music] [Applause] hi man [Music] hello john oh hello doc what's got in the van cut right you little joe went by me like i was a rock in the road oh it's nothing personal i'm sure they're concerned about mary parson being found dead mary parson dead when was this our brothers found her body yesterday happened the day before though the day before i saw her that day around noon where'd you see her why right on the road to indian leap must have happened right after i saw them them you mean there was somebody with her sure there was she was with little joe cartwright i even waved to them when they went by are you sure you saw her a little joe cartwright don't you think i know little joe when i see him well you had better be sure because you're gonna have to tell that to ben cartwright tell ben cartwright why because as soon as you've signed a statement of that effect and everything's legal you're going with me out to the ponderosa to arrest little joe for murder doc you better witness this all right [Music] mr hardner [Music] howdy rick mr hardner howdy host hoddy haws your paw home yeah he's inside come on in come on in man john well come on in gentlemen sit down uh thank you mr cartwright but uh we're here on official business oh well what does that mean you go ahead and tell them what you told me mr hardner sorry as i am to say it ben i saw little joe and mary parson driving up toward indian leap day before yesterday you what you were in parsons buggy little joe your paint horse was tied on behind mr hardener that's not the truth i wish it when somebody else saw you joe it ain't easy to do this to a friend paul he's lying oh little joe wasn't in that buggy he wasn't nowhere near indian leap and i know that well what are we doing standing here listening this far well john for some reason thinks that he saw little joan marrying that buggy he believes it well that kind of believing can put a rope around joe's neck [Music] and you still say that you weren't there of course i said i wasn't within 20 miles of that place all right comes down to your word against mr hardness in a case like that a jury's going to have to decide i'm sorry joe but i'm gonna have to take you in [Music] get your horses ready we're going to [Music] town [Music] we believe you boy never doubt that for an instant i'll take that jump stop right there all of you you don't have to do this little joe's under arrest we're on our way to town get out of the way cut right i come out here to get one but i'll take two if i have to lil joe's not wearing a gun you can't shoot an unarmed man what chance did he give my sister i never even saw your sister and that's what you'd say sure but she said she was gonna beat you and that's good enough for me get out of the way cut right don't be a fool pete let the law handle this well cartwright's a big name around these parts one kind of law for you and another kind for the rest of us that isn't true pete not this time it ain't i'm gonna have me and i for an eye [Music] he ain't out of the woods yet cut right making my pond brother hear about this [Music] my [Music] okay let's get it over with joe i'll say it again i was within 20 miles of indian leap then you got nothing to be afraid of now haven't i all i saw was a rabbit a buck in that sorrow they gonna testify on my behalf well i guess somebody better tell jake parsons about pete don't worry i don't doubt that all the parsons have heard about it by now yeah i guess you're right i'm not going to say higher wood you boys coming along no we'll keep joe company yeah make sure you don't get no uninvited gummy i didn't want to hurt pete but i i just couldn't let him kill somebody in cold blood could i had to shoot course you did ben of course you did but right now the parsons are the least of your words well let's face it this has turned out to be a lot more serious than i'd anticipated with a witness like john harner john have any reason to lie blind oh no not john hardner what ben this is a difficult question for me to ask you are you sure that little joe is telling the whole truth you asked me to doubt myself no no i'm not asking that all i'm asking is do you think there's any chance the little job if i were to start doubting my son at this point everything i've lived and worked for would be lost well ben i'm your lawyer i have to think the way a jury's gonna think believe me with this latest news about the girl and john hardin's testimony this is going to come before a jury [Applause] pardon what do we do well you two have a good time at the reception oh father was absolutely wonderful jerome made such an impression on the governor the governor hardly noticed anyone else i was surprised how young he is we did seem to have a lot in common even want to know my views on politics that's fine jerome it's fine right now politics can wait we've got something much more urgent to consider at the moment well yes sir of course as a matter of fact it's been on my mind all during the reception i'm glad to hear that you come up with any ideas also i don't like to say this about the dead but with that girl's reputation i don't think there's a jury in virginia city that would convict little joe jerome what a dreadful thing to say i'm sorry sweetheart but we're fighting for a man's life adam i don't suppose suppose we took jake parsons buggy back up to indian leap again and have john hardness show us exactly what he saw that might be an excellent idea ben if there's any possibility of showing that john hardner was mistaken why i think that's just it but what happens sir if it confirms john hardin's statement and we'll have no case at all in court also i think we've got to fight this out on the basis of the reputations of that girl and mr cartwright's son mr bell we are going on the assumption that little joe is innocent yes sir of course i'm just pointing out that legally we might be taking unwarranted risk he's got a point there ben there would be some risk involved it's a risk i'm perfectly willing to take i hope we don't regret this mr wood [Applause] [Music] i want the man that shot my son the rifle jake put it down you won't need it in here where's ben cartwright i'm right here jake pete took the law into his own hounds tried to shoot an unarmed man mr carter i did the only thing he could do in self-defense it's true jake i saw it pardner seems to me like you jumped the fence he was going to testify little joe was with my mary now you're siding with cartwrights i'm not siding with anybody i saw little joe and mary up at indian leap i'll say it under oath i also saw pete trying to shoot an unarmed man i'll swear to that too i had no choice i'm sorry to happen pete one of mine dead one shot and all i hear anybody say is i'm sorry there's one thing we can do jake we can take your buggy up to indian leap again in the morning why the john hardneck can show us where he was when the buggy passed him we can all get a good look at what he saw hardness says he's seen little joe you want him to change his mind my son's life is at stake i'm just trying to get at the truth all i'm thinking about is my daughter was killed and your son did it well now supposing it wasn't little joe suppose it was somebody else would you want to know who it was all right boys we'll give them that chance but if we find what i think we will there won't be no need of holding a [Music] trial all right bring on the buggy [Music] all right john is this as close as you got to that buggy just about the exact spot man we can't see the man's face and we're a foot how can you see him sitting as high as you are i didn't say i could see his face from here i sure saw his paint horse tied on behind the buggy and he probably turned and looked when you got down on the road ah stop putting words in his mouth move the buggy on down the road now you ride down to the road and make your turn i remember now i can tell you how i knew it was little joe and the buggy made the curve the man had his foot on the dash i could see his leg what does that prove when did you see his face i didn't have to see his face his leg was enough he was wearing his gun tied down to his left leg that's how i knew it was little joe well what'd you find out just what we knew we'd find well deputy what do you say now inquest will be in my office at two o'clock i'm just saying to it that whatever needs doing is done proper and legal my sister's dead the man that pushed her off that cliff is still alive you call that legal improper i said there'd be an inquest in a trial there'll be a trial and a hanging we heard what you said mr hardner and if you don't say it again so everybody can hear you won't live to get off that witness chair thank you very much well the foreman of the coroner's jury please rise have you reached a verdict yeah we sure have stated mary parson was murdered by little joe cartwright jim you know better than to say that all you're to determine is the cause of death anything else will be decided by a judge and jury at the proper time well that is the cause of death little joe cartwright pushed her off of that cliff if the jury finds that she died by violence it'll have to be it is that the economy joseph cartwright you're hereby bound over to stand trial for the murder of mary parsons [Music] um i never thought on a paint pony and being left-handed you get to feel in so much trouble hiram the boys and i know that joseph didn't murder mary parson i don't care what anybody says he didn't do it paul wait a minute what what joe just said about the pony and being left-handed no what about it well now harner didn't say he saw the man's face he just said he saw a pink pony and a left-handed gun yeah it's enough to hang me yeah but is it what are you driving at adam but why would mary parson tell her father that she was going out with little joe and we know that she wasn't yeah why would she paul well obviously because she didn't want her father to know that she was going out with the whoever it was yeah and yeah and whoever it was must have a left-handed gun a paid pony right how about that iron fine but how do we prove it well first let's find this whoever it was us you check what the harness make is adam check the liberty stables all right i don't know why we didn't think of this before ben if this works i'll get your own belt working on it right away [Music] sweetheart what a surprise i really shouldn't be here but i wanted to talk to you and papa said you'd be here working i'm glad you're here i'm always glad to see you it's shy and proper betty may all these books do you have to go through them all i'm planning little joe's defense or trying to if i had it my way in the first place we'd be in a lot better shape jerome i'm sure father knew what he was doing i hope he lets me take over this case i feel i can do as well as any man alive in that courtroom i'd have to win your father over first sweetheart you could help me with that this is such an important case jerome little joe's life's at stake that's what i mean if i win this case i'll be the most sought-after lawyer in virginia city we can get all the things that we've planned for your father will take me on as a full partner and well who knows the governor was a lawyer that's the way he started of course jerome i'm sure all those things will come in time but right now we must be thinking about little joe thinking isn't enough the evidence clearly indicates his guilt well i don't think he's guilty but what i can convince the jury of that counts well i can't believe he's guilty jerome i don't believe he'd push anyone off a cliff given sufficient provocation any man can commit a murder that's not my definition sweetheart but you'll find it in any legal text just the same it was such a shuddery feeling sitting in that buggy and indian leap i dreamed about that girl only she didn't have a face you know i always was a little envious of her she was such a pretty girl i never paid much attention to it she was cheap and flashy let's not talk about morbid things darlinglets let's talk about us you will help me with your father jerome must we always talk about my father why not we both want the same things a big house beautiful clothes fine horses i just want happiness i just want no i have to say this jerome you want success so badly that sometimes i wonder if you want to marry me just because i'm hiram wood's daughter you silly girl you know better than that all i want is you [Music] cochran i'd like a word with you i said i'd like a word with you well to what do i owe this unexpected pleasure huh i thought you and jerome are going to the governor's ball this evening we are father a little later jerome went to the hotel to change he's been working so hard i was i was lonesome so i thought i'd wait here am i interrupting anything no no just catching up on some odds and ends here here's dad i'm sorry i've been neglecting you lately darling but i just never seem to get caught up now this nasty business with a parson girl has to come up i know dad it's been a strain on jerome too i wish you both could slow down now you sound just like your mother used to i can't imagine mother ever scolding you about anything she was a wonderful woman wonderful woman i just hope that you and jerome will have the happiness your mother and i had of course you will i hope so dad well you don't have to sound so desperate about it dad we don't have to lie to one another most girls my age are married five years and have a family well i'm not the prettiest girl in town and i just don't want to make a mistake no no no no no watch this if you and your young man have words or something i suppose i'm being silly it's just that sometimes sometimes it seems as if jerome loves his work more than he does me oh so that's it well sweetheart i doubt very much that you're the first woman ever to say that jerome's a very ambitious young man that's it ambitious so terribly ambitious it frightens me dead at the reception when jerome met the governor it was just as if suddenly i ceased to exist baby baby now you are being silly i suppose i am i shouldn't be bothering you with my troubles of course you should of course you shouldn't that's what i'm here for now you run along and have a good time world looks a lot prettier under a full moon you know thanks for talking to me dad [Music] betty may what are you doing here is anything wrong no there's nothing wrong i just wanted to see you you shouldn't have come here why i'm in love with you i was lonesome someone might have seen you you know how the gossips are in this town let them talk i'm not ashamed of my love are you of course not i just didn't want you to see how i live i'll be with you in a moment [Music] but i want to see where you live i want to know everything about you i want to know every thought you have come on sweetheart let's go who's the girl in the picture well just some girl nothing important that's a picture of mary parson isn't it i picked it up today in connection with the trial you knew her didn't you betty may you're being unreasonable being a lawyer i meet many people if you had told me i wouldn't have cared i knew there were other women jerome why did you lie to me there wasn't anything to tell you there wasn't anything between us then why did you lie i didn't want your father to know i was afraid he might object darling please let's forget it she was very lovely wasn't she she was prettier than i am younger and prettier that isn't so you're the prettiest girl i've ever seen darling i love you don't you know that no i don't know it i wish i did but it isn't so i guess i knew that right from the start how can you say that after all the plans we've made a big house fine clothes the best carriage in town the governor's mansion those were your plans jerome not mine well what's wrong with that why do you object to those things mary parson couldn't get them for you could she i told you to forget about mary parsons can you forget her she was nobody she was cheap she was trying to blackmail me she was going to go to you you killed her no no no it was an accident sweetheart we we went for a ride it'll be all right i'll i'll win the case it'll joel go free and and we can get all the things that we've always wanted what are you going to do i'm going to tell my father betty may i couldn't let you do that i couldn't let you do anything like that [Music] betty may betty may [Music] may [Music] right there cartwright dumbo you want to see your paw don't you move [Music] what's this all about oh these stupid people think they can take the lawn to their own hands we don't think it we know it we're gonna move on that jail take out your son and string him up little joe didn't kill you mary we got the proof there's a bill a sale for a paint pony you see here's one for a left-handed hoster signed by john sally jerome bell that's right do you believe us now jake i hope this ain't a cartwright trick all right we're gonna pay a visit to mr jerome bell all right boys [Music] bill stay away you try anything and i'll throw her off of here well it's no use we found out well you don't try to stop [Music] me [Music] you better go to your daughter [Music] jerome it's all right you know i don't think i could ever get used to living in there good to have you oh i don't know it's been kind of peaceful around the ponderosa in the last couple of days [Music] so [Music] so [Music]
Behind the Scenes of The Secret
John Hardner, the primary witness, saw a man and a woman riding a buggy, whom he believed were Mary and Little Joe. However, he appeared to lie in his statement when he mentioned seeing a gun tied to Little Joe’s left leg. John never saw the man in the buggy carrying a firearm.
In one scene, Mary’s brother threatened the witness’s life regarding his statement. By then, the deputy in charge, Deputy Sheriff Rick Conley, should have charged him with witness intimidation.
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