In 1862, William T. Anderson lived up to his “Bloody Bill” nickname. Anderson’s father had been shot dead by a judge in Council Grove, Iowa. Bill was angry that the jurist was let off on self-defense claims. On July 2, 1862, Anderson and his brother Jim lured the judge and his brother-in-law to a store. After a short gunfight, the judge and his kinsman barricaded themselves in the basement. The Andersons set the building on fire, killing both men. Within two years, Bloody Bill became a mentor to Jesse James. He was killed in October 1864.
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