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

By Rick Miller,David Johnson

William Preston “Bill” Longley (1851-1878), notwithstanding born right into a robust Christian relations, 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 lifestyles, 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 for this reason sentenced to hang, his identify grew to become recognized statewide as an outlaw and a assassin. via a chain of “autobiographical” letters written from penitentiary whereas looking forward to 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. stating himself the “worst outlaw” in Texas, the tale that he created grew to become the foundation for his ancient legacy, regrettably depended on and repeated many times by way of 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 enormously his feats as a gunman. The murders which may be credited to him have been normally 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 version, diligent learn has situated and pointed out the outlaw’s physique, the absence of which used to be a longstanding delusion in itself. This revised version comprises that a part of the Longley tale, in addition as several new goods of knowledge that experience due to the fact that come to light.

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