“TEXAS JOHN SLAUGHTER”

GAMBLER & LAWMAN

— THE MEANEST GOOD GUY — John Horton Slaughter sat at a poker table on Commerce Street in San Antonio, Texas, in 1876, and watched the dealer distribute the last hand. Something about the cards troubled him, but he kept playing.

A short time later, Barney Gallagher slammed his hole-card down and claimed victory.

When he leaned over the table to gather in his winnings, Gallagher found himself […]

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A CASE OF RETRIBUTION

Gunslinger and Gambler

Ben Thompson had his fill of threats being made against his life by a couple of theater owners in San Antonio, Texas, and decided to confront them.

On the night of March 11, 1884, Thompson met up with rancher and gunman King Fisher, also the deputy sheriff of Uvalde County, Texas. The two men went to dinner and attended a play, then decided to head to the Vaudeville Variety Theater, one of […]

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THE LEGEND OF JUDGE ROY BEAN

Roy Bean, Frontier Justice

Like any business owner, Roy Bean wanted to find a way to boost the profits of his milk delivery business in San Antonio. So he decided to add creek water to the milk.

According to various accounts, all seemed fine until a buyer or two noticed minnows in the milk. Bean seemed equally surprised when confronted, telling customers, “By Gobs, I’ll have to stop them cows from drinking out of the creek.”

In […]

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