Bloody Bill Longley Rick Miller (University of North Texas Press, $29.95)

bloody_bill_longleyRick Miller’s Bloody Bill Longley peels away the folklore encasing a once-notorious Texas outlaw. More cowardly braggart than badman, Longley boasted of 32 victims and probably killed six or seven. On trial for murder, he wrote self-serving letters to the newspapers, pleading that he was a victim. Longley’s career documents the climate of violence prevailing in post-Civil War Texas.

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