New PDF release: Bloody Bill Longley: The Mythology of a Gunfighter, Second

By Rick Miller,David Johnson

William Preston “Bill” Longley (1851-1878), notwithstanding born right into a powerful Christian kin, 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 during the last 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 used to be milking a cow. as soon as he was once arrested in 1877, and for that reason 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 looking ahead to the hangman, Longley created and reveled in his self-centered image as a fearsome, lethal gunfighter—the equivalent, if now not the very best, of the vaunted Hardin. mentioning himself the “worst outlaw” in Texas, the tale that he created grew to become the foundation for his ancient legacy, regrettably trusted and repeated many times through earlier biographers, yet all unsuitable. honestly, invoice Longley used to be no longer the bold determine that he tried to color. Rick Miller’s thorough study indicates that he used to be, as a substitute, a braggart who exaggerated vastly his feats as a gunman. The murders that may be credited to him have been mostly not anything greater than cowardly assassinations. Bloody invoice Longley was once first released in a constrained version 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 examine has situated and pointed out the outlaw’s physique, the absence of which was once a longstanding fantasy in itself. This revised variation contains that a part of the Longley tale, in addition as several new goods of data that experience because come to light.

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By Rick Miller,David Johnson

William Preston “Bill” Longley (1851-1878), notwithstanding born right into a powerful Christian kin, 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 during the last 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 used to be milking a cow. as soon as he was once arrested in 1877, and for that reason 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 looking ahead to the hangman, Longley created and reveled in his self-centered image as a fearsome, lethal gunfighter—the equivalent, if now not the very best, of the vaunted Hardin. mentioning himself the “worst outlaw” in Texas, the tale that he created grew to become the foundation for his ancient legacy, regrettably trusted and repeated many times through earlier biographers, yet all unsuitable. honestly, invoice Longley used to be no longer the bold determine that he tried to color. Rick Miller’s thorough study indicates that he used to be, as a substitute, a braggart who exaggerated vastly his feats as a gunman. The murders that may be credited to him have been mostly not anything greater than cowardly assassinations. Bloody invoice Longley was once first released in a constrained version 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 examine has situated and pointed out the outlaw’s physique, the absence of which was once a longstanding fantasy in itself. This revised variation contains that a part of the Longley tale, in addition as several new goods of data that experience because come to light.

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