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Jury Duty for "Bloody Bill" Anderson in Brownwood, Texas

Posted by Jay Longley on March 31, 2016 at 6:45 PM

From: Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group on Yahoo.

It seems that the famous William C. Anderson 1924 interview with

newspaperman, Henry C. Fuller, was given to several newspapers across the country. Some just printed the basic interview and left out certain passages in an effort to censor the whole story as told by Brown County Bill. I am going to type the following excerpt from the "San Antonio Express" version of the Fuller article from August 24, 1924. This part was probably kept out of the Brownwood paper because of its reference to drinking.

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"...Uncle Bill Anderson is fond of telling jokes and tells many on himself. Years ago when Brownwood was 'wet' he came to town one day and was summoned to sit on the jury on a case in justice court. He went to the courtroom, which was crowded and after sitting there a long time and no case being called, whispered to a man who sat near and said:

'I have to step out a few minutes. If my name is called you answer for me; take my place and hold it until I get back.'

Knowing Bill Anderson, the man answered that he would do so, and Anderson left the courtroom. Presently the case was called and as the list of jurors was announced and called one by one, the man got up and walked around and took a seat in place of Bill Anderson, who had stepped out. Anderson on getting out of doors ran into a bunch of convival spirits who steered him to a saloon, where, after taking a drink or so and telling a few jokes, time passed on velvet wings, the case at the courthouse being entirely forgotten. Two hours later Anderson suddenly recalled that he had been summoned to sit on the jury and hastily made his way to the courthouse, and was told as he met the crowd coming out that the man had been tried and found not guilty, nobody being the wiser by the substitution of another man in his place...."

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It seems that our Bill Anderson had a way of being mis-identified

throughout his life.

 

~Jay~

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