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Frank McKane was a Methodist minister for a small, adobe church at the village of Charleston situated near Tombstone, Arizona Territory. McKane was a rough, uncouth sort of clergyman with a strange, original character. McKane, who was reportedly born in either PA or OH, was about 53 years of age, had prospected in the California gold country, and in 1881 made his living by prospecting and operating a stamp mill in the Huachuca mountains. McKane's wife Sarah was deceased.
After Curly Bill Brocius, the lawless border ruffian, was released from the Tucson hoosegow where he had been incarcerated for shooting Marshal Fred White of Tombstone, he turned himself loose on Pima county, A.T. On Sunday evening, January 9, 1881, Curly Bill and five of his hooligans marched up the aisle of McKane's church where he was conducting a religeous service. The gang took seats on the front row. The congregation, fearing trouble, began to leave and soon the church was empty save for Curly Bill and his gang and the preacher. McKane tried to leave also but Curly Bill insisted that he complete the service. After McKane finished his sermon, CB reportedly remarked to the preacher that his performance was of a tamer nature than they were accustomed to and now they had concluded to have something a little more lively. CB quickly drew his shooter and placed it at the head of McKane and commanded him to dance. The minister was compelled to dance from his lectern to the front door of the church. Then CB and his ruffians mounted their ponies and proceeded to shoot out the lights of Charleston with their pistol balls.