Re: How much of 'The Killings of Stanley Ketchel' is truth?
Stanley Ketchel lived in Butte, MT (where I currently reside) and had 41 fights here, I believe. He worked as a bouncer in brothels and saloons from the time he was 15: The corner that he lived on is now a parking lot decorated with wrought iron figurines and a placard referencing the town's 'red-light' district. He was ultimately run out of town for having no visible means of support and thereafter he held a grudge against Butte and never acknowledged having lived here.
A local historian had devoted many years of research to writing a book about Ketchel's time in Butte. I spoke to him a couple times and he had recorded interviews with many people that knew Ketchel and had a very strong pro-Ketchel bias when it came to his view of the greatest fighters ever. Alas, he died 3 or 4 years ago and the book was never finished.