Or, use your
I had to comment, because if it was YOUR relative whom strangers find fascinating to blog about, you'd want to protect your family's reputation too. Mr. Carrigan's original blog post on this was posted online four years ago.
Ratcliff's descendants continue to research Benjamin and have discovered that for his chapter in her book, Midge Harbour plagiarized an inaccuracy-filled article published in the Sept./Oct. 1971 issue of Colorado Magazine called "The Death Cave" by Bob Leasure. Correspondence with relatives of Bordenville town founders indicates that Ms. Harbour tried to bribe locals with cash to gossip about their neighbors. "My uncle threw her off his porch".
No conclusive evidence was ever found that Ratcliff had anything to do with the death of tax-evading hermit Fluhmann, who lived over 30 miles away. In fact the only thing that investigators could come up with, was that the broken stock of Fluhmann's own Marlin rifle likely misfired back on him.
A 2011 book, "The Legend of Benjamin Ratcliff", in the Denver and Colorado Springs Libraries, details Ratcliff's and his children's lives, with an appendix discussion of the Fluhmann tale, and how 'sensationalism' clouds Truth.
After 120+ years, it's really time to let these souls please rest in peace.
Corey McNellis was a two-time Colorado wrestling champion at Ponderosa. His older brother Chris was the Mustangs' first-ever state champ.
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