Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Notice: "Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders" by James Pylant

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 The revised, updated Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders is now off the press. Originally released in 2008, this true-crime tells the story of reclusive woodchopper F. M. Snow who butchered his bride of six weeks as well as his mother-in-law and stepson on a Texas farm in 1925.

The horror story appeared in print in books, newspaper, and magazines, but these accounts were often inaccurate or fictionalized. Author James Pylant, a one-time professional genealogist in Salt Lake City, used his sleuthing skills to delve into the backgrounds of the killer and the victims. Blood Legacy sheds new light on a tale of twenty shocking deaths fueled by greed, insanity, and revenge. 

The well-illustrated book is fully documented with detailed family trees for the Snow, Rushing, Smith, Jones, Connally, and Polston families, which are not available in the Kindle version.

James Pylant, who has authored three other true-crime volumes, is the editor of

"Set in the seemingly quiet isolation of small-town Texas, Blood Legacy is a well-written, well-researched true tale with Gothic overtones and more than a hint of Stephen King-style horror."

                                    —Carlton Stowers, best-selling and Pulitzer-nominated author

Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders 
By James Pylant
Softbound (2008, rev. 2015), 246 pp., illustrated, indexed
Published by Jacobus Books, 
P.O. Box 1587 
StephenvilleTX 76401
$15.95, plus $4.00 postage; TX residents add 8.25% sales tax


This sounds like a really interesting book, combining a true crime story with a genealogical search.

NOTE:  I did not receive a review copy of this book.

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