Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders

By James Pylant
Softbound, 232 pp., illus., indexed.

"I've played hell. . .
She's not the woman I thought she was."

     In 1925 Texans were stunned when a young man’s severed head was found in an abandoned farmhouse near the town of Stephenville. An investigation led to ex-convict F. M. Snow and the mysterious disappearances of his wife and mother-in-law.
     But this shocking, bloody saga began nearly 60 years earlier . . .
     Beautiful, vivacious Samantha Jones had a penchant for dangerous men. Her teenage marriage to gambler Amos Smith ended when he was gunned down in a hit orchestrated by his wife’s alleged lover, who was lynched. The widow then married the abusive Bill Olds, who was later arrested for theft, forgery and murder.
     Violence stalked the next generation when Samantha’s daughter, Maggie Olds, was twice widowed with the brutal murders of her second and fourth husbands. Yet Maggie’s unfortunate choice for a fifth husband, F. M. Snow, led to a gruesome, triple tragedy.
     In Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders, James Pylant delves into family history and sheds new light on a tale of twenty shocking deaths fueled by greed, insanity and revenge.
     Brief genealogies are included for the Snow, Rushing, Jones, Smith, Connally, and Polston families.
     $15.95, plus shipping and handling.

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Also available from these Texas bookstores:

  • The Booksatchell, Mineral Wells
  • The Bookshelf, Weatherford
  • Comanche Chief, Comanche
  • DeLeon Free Press, DeLeon
  • Hastings, Denton
  • Cactus Book Shop, San Angelo
  • Hastings, Stephenville
  • Hastings, Waco
  • The Literary Lion, Stephenville
  • Texas Star Trading Co., Abilene
  • Stephenville Museum, Stephenville

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