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12. Shootout at Wildy Well

Corey Recko University of North Texas Press PDF

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Shootout at Wildy Well

Shortly after the hearing, Fall temporarily left New Mexico. As a captain in Company D, New Mexico Volunteers, Fall joined the SpanishAmerican War. Although he did not go to Cuba and fight in the war, he stayed out of New Mexico for the time being.1 An interesting side note was the endorsements Fall received in his quest to be a captain in the war. One letter of endorsement that came to Governor

Otero was signed by Numa Reymond, Fred Bascom, John McFie,

John Riley, and Pat Garrett.2 Judging from all surviving documents, no one else received the number of endorsements that Fall did, and none of his were from expected Fall supporters. It was obvious that what they really wanted was to get Fall out of New Mexico.

Also leaving for the war was William Llewellyn, who was captain of Troop G in the regiment that would become known as

Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. Llewellyn became a lifelong friend of

Theodore Roosevelt. During the Rough Riders’ charge up San Juan

Hill, Llewellyn contracted yellow fever and was sent to a hospital in

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The Funny Farm

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The Funny Farm

“People were going wacko in there, that’s why we call it the funny farm … Too much time in closed doors, you know, they go woo-woo.”

— Jeff DaSilva

It was after his release from Millhaven in 2002 that Glenn Day got to know Dolic’s younger sister, Davorka Pelikan. In her late 30s, with three kids, “Dove” had once lived in Hamilton and now lived in Mississauga. Pelikan was not in good health. She used legal Percocet pills, which contained a mix of acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol) and oxycodone, a powerful narcotic made from poppy flowers.

Oxycodone had been successfully (and falsely) marketed by Big Pharma as a safer painkiller than morphine or illegal drugs. Also called “hillbilly heroin,” for its disproportionate popularity in rural areas, oxycodone was very addictive, with side effects including nightmares, amnesia, nausea, itching and sweating. Overdoses were common in Canada, many of them fatal.

Nobody in the world has ever died of a cannabis overdose.

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Masks and Mirrors

Mark Coakley ECW Press ePub

Masks and Mirrors

“I did not once sell anybody down the drain.”

— Fercan maintenance man Larry McGee

In the summer of 2009, Glenn Day was arrested.

In exchange for the police dropping charges — and for a sum of money — Day agreed to become an informant. An OPP detective sergeant handed Day a “Service Provider Agreement” for an investigation that had been randomly named “Project Birmingham,” whose goal was to arrest the masterminds behind the big Barrie grow op. The officer explained the document to Day, who reviewed it. The deal promised him $2,000 a week for at least 16 months, plus expenses, plus generous bonuses if certain results occurred. It also gave him immunity from prosecution — as long as he always told the truth.

Day signed, and would eventually be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars, courtesy of the taxpayers of Ontario, as the centerpiece of Project Birmingham.

A few days later, the on-the-record questioning began. The police officer showed Day a photograph of a man. Day identified him as Drago Dolic and said his nickname was “The Head.” Dolic, he said, was in charge of the grow ops at Molson, Oro and Ssonix and was the head of the gang — he did not think there were any moneymen or bosses above Dolic.

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4. Freed to Kill Again

Gary M. Lavergne University of North Texas Press ePub

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Freed to Kill Again

“You know, when you’re on parole and you been on death row, it’s hard to find a date.”

—Kenneth Allen McDuff

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Furman v Georgia was not the only significant development affecting the prison life of Kenneth McDuff in 1972. That year, a disgruntled Texas prison inmate named David Ruiz, who was serving a twenty-five-year sentence for armed robbery, initiated a handwritten lawsuit alleging a variety of violations of his civil rights in the prison system. His complaint alleged overcrowding, poor medical care, and the use of Building Tenders as guards of other inmates. The Building Tenders kept control of their area, and in turn, received preferred treatment by guards and prison officials. Ruiz alleged that Building Tenders beat other prisoners to keep them in line.1 The Ruiz case went before United States District Judge William Wayne Justice of Tyler. Thus began the longest and most expensive trial in the history of Texas.

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Chapter 4 I Kept on Pumping Lead

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I Kept on Pumping Lead

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ong­ley said that he decided that the most practical way to get to Utah was by joining one of the many cattle drives headed north through the Indian Territory and terminating at the railhead at

Abilene, Kansas. According to him, he rode north to near Gainesville, in Cooke County not far from the Red River, and ran upon a large herd. The boss of the herd, a man named Rector, who Long­ley said came from Bee County in southwest Texas, hired Long­ley to go along on the drive, offering him pay of a dollar a day. Rector also furnished

Long­ley with an extra horse so that the horse Long­ley was riding could be turned out with the other extra horses on the drive in order to rest and gain a few pounds. Long­ley said that he picked out a horse and joined the trail drive as it headed into the Indian Territory.

Fuller quoted a letter from Long­ley that described his days with the trail drive as tedious, “following a big herd of cattle, seeing that none drop out by the wayside or are stolen and in the days of which

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