|�Historic Murders of East Texas� author to speak at library Thursday|
|From Staff Reports|
Dec. 3, 2006 - Bob Bowman of Lufkin, who with his wife Doris have been called “the murder historians” of East Texas, will address an audience at the Sulphur Springs Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 7.
The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Bowmans recently completed their third murders volume, “Historic Murders of East Texas, Book 3.”
The book traces the origins and outcomes of 18 murders occurring between 1687 and 1941 with connections in Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Fannin, Grimes, Harrison, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Montgomery, Polk, Red River, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Titus and Walker counties.
The book deals with some of the region’s most famous murders, including the post-Civil War rampage of rebel Ben Bickerstaff in the Sulphur Springs/Mount Pleasant area.
Another chapter recounts the life of Pete Loggins, an accused murderer, lawyer, forger, bigamist and physician in East Texas and city editor of the Little Rock Democrat under an assumed name. He was killed by a lawman at Willis in Montgomery County on April’s Fool Day in 1905.
The book also explores the oldest known murder in East Texas, the 1687 slaying of French explorer La Salle by one of his own men.
With 34 books and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles to their credit, Bob and Doris Bowman are among the leading authorities on East Texas history and folklore.
The Bowmans began researching historic murders in 2002 after they completed "The Mystery of Lady Bountiful," a history of thrice-accused murderess and timber baroness Lillian Knox. The book was honored by the East Texas Historical Association as its best book of 2002.
"Historic Murders of East Texas" followed in 2003. In 2004, the Bowmans produced a second volume of murders, "More Historic Murders of East Texas."
Readers throughout East Texas have continued to contact the Bowmans with stories about other murders. Telephone calls, letters and e-mails have arrived at the Bowmans’ office in Lufkin from almost every principal town in East Texas and from families of victims and accused murderers.
The Bowmans are the authors of 35 books about East Texas. Bob Bowman also writes a history newspaper column for about 70 East Texas newspapers, distributed by the East Texas Historical Association, and serves on the Texas Historical Commission.