Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cowgirl Killed In Fall Off Train

Did She Fall, Did She Leap To Her Death Or Was It Something More Sinister?
Rose Davis was just twenty five years old and was the winner of the Cowgirls Saddle Bronc riding championship at Madison Square Garden in 1938. She was well known in the rodeo and wild west show circuit as one of the best riders of the day and had honed her riding skills on her father's ranch near Fort Worth, Texas.

The beautiful cowgirl was in New Brunswick, New Jersey on January 7 when she received word from home that her grandfather was dying and Rose, being very close to him wanted to be there with him one last time. She bought a train ticket to Fort Wayne, Indiana, packed one suitcase and with tears in her eyes, made her way to the train station.

Some of her friends say she was running with a rough crowd, others say she was having problems with a boyfriend and appeared to be upset and some claim she heard and knew too much about things she had no business knowing.  Things about racketeering and fixing race results. This knowledge threatened the wrong people.

Newspapers reported her death on January 8 and question if it was a fall or leap. Her body was found next to the tracks with her purse. Police used the identification within the purse to identify her.

No investigation into anything more ever took place but there are those who still question if a tall man with sandy hair and coal black eyes accompanied Rose onto that train, a man who had no business in Fort Wayne, a man whose only business was with the champion cowgirl. Did she threaten to tell what she knew or did someone just assume the chance of that happening was simply too great?

One thing is certain; There is much more to this closed story about a cowgirl who fell or lept to her death on the Pennsylvania railroad. We may never know the truth. Still, whispers about foul play followed Rose Davis to her grave and beyond.

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