The Bad Old Days

The 1800's had its share of criminal activity.

THERE’S NO CRIME LIKE THE PRESENT, but Texas has seen its share of historical horrors too—no surprise in a state that was the wildest and woolliest of the American West. Back then, though, many a man would have taken exception to the term “woolly,” which suggests sheep—a species that was much despised by cattlemen. Minor prejudices such as that led to many killings in nineteenth-century Texas; outlaw Wild Bill Longley, for example, claimed to have once shot a man for insulting the virtue of Texas women. Other excuses for murder were age-old: jealousy, passion, greed. Below are ten criminal vignettes of the 1800’s that have largely been forgotten by modern Texans, but when it comes to terror, they’re still

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