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Chapter 7: Brave Billy Deane Dies

Mark T. Smokov University of North Texas Press ePub

CHAPTER 7

Brave Billy Deane Dies

The killing of Johnson County Deputy Sheriff William “Billy” Deane was called murder by many people, but at least one called it self-defense. “Bill Deane was a hired assassin,” wrote May (or Mae) Gardner, “shooting at the Curry gang at every chance . . . He was as coldblooded a murderer as Tom Horn. It was kill Deane or be killed.”1 At this point in time “the Curry gang” was in reference to George Currie, since Kid Curry and supposedly Lonie were known as the “Roberts brothers” in Wyoming.

Deane, a young Texan, was hired by Sheriff Al Sproal (or Sproul) specifically to help curb the rustling activity in the county. He was considered fearless, but his plan to capture the gang from Hole-in-the-Wall by himself was pure foolishness. He rode south from Buffalo in early April and spent the night of April 12, 1897, at the Brock home in Powder River country. Deane started out the next morning headed for the KC Ranch, but first arrived at the Alfred and Sarah Grigg homestead and post office on Middle Fork, where the outlaws often stopped for their mail.2

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Introduction

Jorge Antonio Renaud The University of North Texas Press ePub

Introduction

I am going to tell you about Texas prisons. Forget what you’ve seen in the movies. Forget what you’ve read in newspapers, and what you are shown for a few minutes on your local news. The media, which seldom can be rightfully accused of purposely misinforming Texans about their prisons, nevertheless relies on official sources for its news. Newspapers and news stations rarely show you an inmate’s view of prison. What is important to the prison director may not be important to the inmate’s wife, or mother, or son.

I first came to prison in 1977, left for eight months in 1979-80, returned in May of 1980, paroled in 1987, returned in 1991 and will not leave until at least 2006. Despite my criminal history, I am an intelligent, educated man, and for years I have considered how I might address the problems that face convicts and their families. Because, for decades, those who care about inmates have been kept in the dark when it comes to almost every imaginable facet of prison life. They have been forced to rely on officials—who often have treated them with the contempt those officials feel for inmates—or they have been forced to depend on the inmates themselves, many of whom are inarticulate, do not understand the system themselves and thus cannot explain it, or will simply not tell the truth, even to their families.

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CHAPTER THREE: Klein: the severity of the superego

Stephen J. Costello Karnac Books ePub

“He sticks his fingers into the wound … He plunges both hands into the meat … he digs into all the holes … He tears away the soft edges … He pokes around … He gets stuck … His wrist is caught in the bones … Crack! … He tugs … He struggles like in a trap … Some kind of pouch bursts … The juice pours out … it gushes all over the place … all full of brains and blood … splashing … He manages to get his hand out … I get the sauce full in the face … I can’t see a thing … I flail around … The candle’s out … He’s still yelling … I’ve got to stop him! … I can’t see him … I lose my head … I lunge at him … by dead reckoning … I hit him square … The stinker goes over … he crashes against the wall … smash! boom! … I’ve got my momentum … I’m coming after him … I give him a good kick in the ribs … I give him a good smack in the puss … He collapses … He quivers like a rabbit … then he stops moving completely”

Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Death on the Installment Plan

Melanie Klein (1882-1960) was one of the most prominent psychoanalysts of this century. She changed the Freudian terrain with her conceptualisations, pioneering child analysis. If Freud found that the child was father to the man, Klein found that the infant gave birth to the child and the man. Before examining Klein’s position on criminality in detail, it is necessary to adumbrate her unique contribution to contemporary psychoanalytic thought by elucidating a number of specifically Kleinian concepts in so far as she differs from and deepens Freud’s work in several crucial respects.

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Chapter 28: Parachute

Mark T. Smokov University of North Texas Press ePub

CHAPTER 28

Parachute

The first week of June 1904 found three men, obviously not used to hard labor, working on sections 8 and 9 between Parachute and DeBeque, Colorado, for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.1 Hired under the names J. H. Ross, Charles Stubbs, and John Emmerling, they worked just a few days in order to become familiar with the area and the train schedules. On Saturday, June 4, they went to New Castle to pick up their discharge checks from agent Folger of the Rio Grande Railway. Upon learning they would have to wait until Tuesday to receive their pay, they worked at the restaurant of Stephen Groves for their meals. About 11 o’clock on Tuesday morning, June 7, J. H. Ross, in reality Kid Curry, signed a voucher in good hand acknowledging payment of $1.75. It is rather ironic that Curry used an alias very similar to the man (James Ross) who filed assault charges against him almost ten years earlier in Montana. The other two men, who were George Kilpatrick and Dan Sheffield, were each paid $2.05.

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20 Racism, Riots, and Gangs

Jorge Antonio Renaud University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter twenty

racism, riots, and gangs

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Time cover story in the early 1980’s declared the East Texas prison unit of Eastham “America’s Toughest Prison,” a distinction hotly disputed by other Texas prison units. The entire then-Texas Department of

Corrections rocked after Judge William Wayne Justice ordered the building tender system dismantled as a result of Ruiz v. Estelle. Without its inmate goons to keep order, TDC was exposed as almost criminally understaffed.

Coupled with the mass resignings and reassignments of many oldtime guards and wardens—who had flourished under Director W.J.

Estelle’s term—the lack of supervision left a power vacuum that was soon exploited by burgeoning prison gangs. Flexing their muscles, the various gangs waged war for the right to control the prison drug trade and jumped at the opportunity to settle old scores. The murder rates rocketed as the media fueled the killing frenzy by publicly lamenting the records for violent deaths that TDCJ convicts were daily rewriting.

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