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"ALL THINGS HISTORICAL" Archive Articles
A weekly column syndicated in 70 East Texas newspapers
by Bob Bowman & Archie P. McDonald, PhD

Crimes & Outlaws

  • Murder at a school by Bob Bowman 10-13-08
    During the evening of March 12, 1926, as students and parents watched a play at Center Point school in Trinity County, two brothers, Frank and Harvey Johnson, rushed through the main door...

  • The Mystery of Lady Bountiful by Bob Bowman 11-5-07
    November 22 will mark the 85th anniversary of an East Texas murder that created a still-lingering mystery and put a timber baroness in a pauper’s grave.

  • Pistol-packing Preacher by Bob Bowman 5-14-07
    On his first morning in Groveton Lee presided at the funeral of a young church member who had been murdered. He soon named criminals from his pulpit and where they gathered.

  • Looking for Hangings by Bob Bowman 4-16-07
  • The Circus Fight by Bob Bowman 12/24/06
    "What one historian has called "the most famous circus fight in history" unfolded in 1873 as Robinson's Circus was preparing to leave Jacksonville in East Texas..."

  • Outlaw with two faces by Bob Bowman 2/05
    Pete Loggins/Rupert P. Wright
  • Bill Longley: Down and Out in a Nacogdoches Jail by Archie P. McDonald 12-7-04
  • Poisoned Supper by Bob Bowman 10/25/04
    A tragic, unthinkable incident in the spring of 1847, frequently associated with the Regulator-Moderator War, remains after 157 years one of East Texas’ worst mass murders -- if it was murder.
  • A Railroad Holdup by Bob Bowman 9/28/04
    Railroaders love to tell stories, and the one they relish the most is about the railroad president and the holdup man.
  • A Famous Murder by Bob Bowman 11/03
    80th anniversary of one of East Texas' most famous mysteries
  • Courtroom Storytellers by Bob Bowman 9/03
    Because they've seen the best and worst of humanity, lawyers are among our best storytellers. Courtroom stories of Joe Tonahill and J.J. Collins.
  • Looking for Old Murders by Bob Bowman 7/03
    Between the 1860s and 1940s, East Texas produced some of the strangest murders in Texas.
  • The Barrymore Shooting by Bob Bowman 6/03
    Someone asked John Barrymore, the patriarch of America's famous family of thespians, what he thought about Texas. In his deep, resonant voice, Barrymore replied: "Texas is a no man's land where sudden death lurks in every bistro." He had good reason for feeling that way.
  • The Bank Robbery, the Dalton Gang, 1894 by Bob Bowman 5/21/02

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