Porterville's Badman

Porterville's Badman (HM2MSD)

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N 36° 4.129', W 119° 0.986'

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Jim McKinney, Porterville's "Jekyll and Hyde," a soft-
spoken man was liked by many, but when drunk was dangerous, always armed and looking for trouble. On the night of July 27, 1902, on a drunken rampage he went totally bad and shot up Scotty's chop house, two doors South on Main Street, then went on a
rampage through the streets of town on a stolen horse and buckboard, shooting at everyone he saw. Five men were wounded and one was killed. Billy Lynn, the man killed, was one of McKinney's close friends. Three of the wounded were the town's lawmen:
Marshall John Willis, Deputy Johnny Howell, and Deputy Billy Thompkins who tried to calm him but ended up in a shootout. McKinney escaped to Arizona where he killed twice more, then returned to
Bakersfield where he was cornered and killed in a
shootout in a Chinese Joss house in April 1903. Sadly
Kern County Sheriff T. J. Packard and Deputy W. E.
Tibbet were killed in this battle.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2007
Placed ByDr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 E Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 10:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 318410 N 3993463
Decimal Degrees36.06881667, -119.01643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 4.129', W 119° 0.986'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 4' 7.74" N, 119° 0' 59.16" W
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