Burn ‘em Out Bloody Bill Anderson avenged his father’s death.

Bloody Bill alive.

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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