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Chapter 16. The Most Successful Outlaw

Rick Miller University of North Texas Press ePub

Chapter 16

The Most Successful Outlaw

While he sat in the Lee County jail awaiting trial, Longley continued his letter writing. Ink, pen, and paper were provided by Sheriff Brown, and he was allowed to write to anyone he wished, provided that Brown saw the letters. He wrote his father, Campbell, telling him not to employ any counsel for him, that the state would be bound to appoint one for him because it was a death penalty case. According to Brown, Longley wrote his father that he only wanted a lawyer to postpone his case for six months, and that if he could not escape in that time, he deserved to be hanged.1

Longley’s murder trial was initially set for August 24, 1877, and Samuel R. Kenada was his attorney, perhaps appointed by the court because this was a capital case that could result in the death penalty upon conviction, although Longley later claimed that he was hired for fifty dollars. Kenada, born in Alabama around 1839, came to Texas and settled in the Evergreen community where he was both a merchant and a farmer.2 He and his family moved to Burton, about halfway between Giddings and Brenham, where he studied for the law. In March 1876, he underwent a thorough examination in the law by prominent attorneys Seth Shepard, C. R. Breedlove, Dan McIntyre, and J. T. Swearingen, and was admitted to the practice of law.3 Kenada advertised that he could represent clients in district, county, and justice courts, and that he gave “prompt attention to the collection of claims.”4 However, Longley could not have taken much assurance from the fact that he had an inexperienced lawyer who was likely handling his first capital murder case.

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Eight—“My God! They’ve shot Mr. Robinson.”

William T. Harper University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Eight

“My God! They’ve shot

Mr. Robinson!”

—Novella Pollard, hostage

It was somewhere around seven o’clock on Thursday morning when Warden Husbands received the next telephone call from the library. “Some of the hostages,” he recalled, “said Carrasco was going to kill them if we didn’t meet his demands” of the night before for arms and ammunition. Carrasco had hostages lined up in chairs in front of the filing cabinet barricade.

Heard was still tied to a chair on top of the protective wall where the rattled guard would catch the first bullet were it to come from the inside or the outside. 1

Threatening the hostages with death, an edgy

Carrasco complained about noise coming from the second floor area below, saying TDC was trying to break in again. As it turned out, any noise—any noise at all—coming from outside the library’s confines made Carrasco and the others certain TDC was coming in. As Husbands had earlier explained, the cooks came to work at their usual 4:00 a.m. and began serving breakfast at 6:00 a.m. Carrasco ordered Linda

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20. Epilogues

Corey Recko University of North Texas Press PDF


New Mexico finally became a state in 1912. It was the forty-seventh state admitted to the Union.

William McNew spent his life as a rancher. In 1915 he shot and killed Bob Raley, James Gililland’s brother-in-law. McNew died on the thirtieth day of June, 1937.1

James Gililland started a ranch in 1902 and stayed there almost forty years. Upon selling the ranch, he and his wife spent a year traveling the eastern states. They settled in Hot Springs (now

Truth or Consequences), New Mexico, where Jim Gililland died on

August 8, 1946.2

Albert Bacon Fall went on to serve various government posts in New Mexico, but he longed to serve at the national level. As

New Mexico got closer to statehood, Fall separated himself from the Democratic Party and then switched to the Republican Party.

Although other reasons contributed, a driving force was surely the knowledge that once statehood was achieved, the senators elected from this heavily Republican state would be Republicans. The switch paid off. In 1912, Albert Fall and Thomas Catron became the first two senators elected from the state of New Mexico.

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Chapter 10: “Shooting Each Other With Renewed Energy”

David Johnson University of North Texas Press PDF

chapter 10

“Shooting Each Other

With Renewed Energy”

On October 29 Lucia Holmes noted in her diary that “Old Man”

Miller was shot at dark.1 Writing from Fredericksburg one correspondent erroneously reported that “reliable information from Mason” told of the killing of a “Mr. Martin.”2 Two days later the same paper corrected itself, stating in part that “The Fredericksburg correspondent of the Freie Presse mentions the killing of a Mr. Mueller in Mason.”3

Gamel also recalled the man as Miller but provides no first name.

Contemporary records indicate that the man was J. P. Miller.4

Miller had been assigned the task of constructing the coffins for the men lynched in February but was never paid for his work. When

Charley Johnson was arrested, he had a “fine pearl handled 45 Colts sixshooter” that was taken from him. How Miller came into possession of the pistol is unknown, but he decided to keep it in payment for his work. When Johnson wanted the weapon back, he asked Tom

Gamel to get it for him. Miller refused, claiming that it was his payment for time and materials. Johnson worked for Gamel long enough to earn money for a new pistol, then rode to Miller’s and asked him if he had a good pistol available. Miller responded that he had had one but sold it.

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Things Fall Apart

Mark Coakley ECW Press ePub

Things Fall Apart

“Cops are parked outside and we went and removed the junk, eh.”

— Jeff DaSilva

In a big building on an industrial strip in St. Catharines, near Lake Ontario and a Canadian Tire outlet, Glenn Day did some construction work at a Dolic-funded grow op. The property was owned by a corporation controlled by Vincent DeRosa, and his brother Bob, who falsely claimed to co-own it, acted as landlord. The place was called Ssonix, after a waste-disposal company that rented most of the building. Bob had once owned the waste-disposal company, but, because of financial difficulties, had sold it to Vincent.

Soon after making rental arrangements with Bob DeRosa, Dolic, Freeman, DaSilva and Day went to St. Catharines, where Dolic explained what kind of grow up he wanted built. Freeman, who lived in nearby Niagara Falls with his wife and four daughters, was the “main guy on-site,” playing the same role at Ssonix that Robert Bleich had played at Molson. Unlike at the Molson plant, where electricity was paid for, DaSilva installed an electrical bypass at Ssonix and the plants fed on stolen power.

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