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OT - Anyone watch Hatfields & McCoys on History Channel?
Cal Ripken's pal Kevin Costner did a great job with his new show for the
History Chann. As usual it was mostly accurate although not entirely so
but it gives us a great look into history on one of the greatest family feuds in
American history that cost the lives of 15 people over decades of feuding that started over land dispute, a stolen pig and a Romeo and Juliet romance
amongst the warring familes.
These families really put the meaning into the word "Hillbilly." Both are
mean and arrogant. McCoy was actually religious but vindictive. He lost the most when the Hatfields raided his home killing his wife, daughter and remaining sons.
Three other sons were killed by the Hatfields after they killed one of their clan. The stolen pig part was funny as there was a jury trial with 12 members of the jury - 6 from each family. However, one of the MCCoys worked for Hatfield in his lumber business and was the deciding vote in his favor. Talk about vindictiveness, McCoy got him too
later killing him.
Hatfield usually got the best of McCoy but lost most of his gang when 9 members including his son got prison terms for life and 1 was hanged who killed McCoy's daughter but he was autistic. After that the feud ended as both men moved to different areas.
McCoy lived a near destitute life. Hatfield had land and money but had to sell most of
the land to pay for the trial of his son and gang members. It went all the way to the
Supreme Court because bounty hunters went into West Virginia. The guv of West
Virginia called up the national guard and almost invaded Kentucky.
You can't feel sorry for any of them.
A few years ago the descendents got together on the TV game show
Family Feud as the Hatfields won. They had a family re-union attended
by thousands of descendants called the family reunion of the millennium.
The History Channel is playing it every night if you missed it.
Last edited by AirFlacco; 05-31-2012 at 08:20 AM.Pic of a natural act.