Bloody Bill Longley: The Mythology of a Gunfighter, Second by Rick Miller,David Johnson PDF

By Rick Miller,David Johnson

William Preston “Bill” Longley (1851-1878), although born right into a powerful Christian relatives, grew to become undesirable in the course of Reconstruction in Texas, very like different younger boys of that point, together with the deadly John Wesley Hardin. He went on a murderous rampage over the past few years of his existence, shotgunning Wilson Anderson in retribution for Anderson’s killing of a relative; killing George Thomas in McLennan County; and taking pictures William “Lou” Shroyer in a working gunfight. Longley even killed the Reverend William R. Lay whereas Lay was once milking a cow. as soon as he used to be arrested in 1877, and as a consequence sentenced to hang, his identify grew to become recognized statewide as an outlaw and a assassin. via a sequence of “autobiographical” letters written from penal complex whereas watching for the hangman, Longley created and reveled in his self-centered image as a fearsome, lethal gunfighter—the equivalent, if now not some of the best, of the vaunted Hardin. mentioning himself the “worst outlaw” in Texas, the tale that he created turned the foundation for his ancient legacy, regrettably trusted and repeated many times via earlier biographers, yet all improper. truthfully, invoice Longley was once now not the bold determine that he tried to color. Rick Miller’s thorough study indicates that he used to be, in its place, a braggart who exaggerated tremendously his feats as a gunman. The murders which may be credited to him have been in most cases not anything greater than cowardly assassinations. Bloody invoice Longley used to be first released in a restricted variation in 1996. Miller separates truth from fancy, trying to end up or disprove Longley’s many claims of bloodshed. because the time of the 1st variation, diligent study has positioned and pointed out the outlaw’s physique, the absence of which used to be a longstanding fantasy in itself. This revised variation contains that a part of the Longley tale, to boot as several new goods of data that experience considering come to light.

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