Doubts Raised About Authenticity Of Crockett Letter

AUSTIN (AP) -- A letter that some believe was written by Davy Crockett is at the center of controversy in Texas.

Two historical document specialists say they doubt the letter is authentic, but state officials say they're virtually certain the Alamo defender penned it himself.

The Texas Historical Commission said this week it bought the letter from an auctioneer for $490,000.

The money will remain in an escrow account until the letter is authenticated. The state has 120 days to have a third party verify it.

Skeptics say the handwriting doesn't match known Crockett documents.

The letter dated January 9th, 1836 would be the last known letter Crockett wrote before he and about 200 others were killed by Mexican forces at the Alamo.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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