The Johnson-Sims Feud (Paperback)
Romeo and Juliet, West Texas Style (A.C. Greene Series #9)
University of North Texas Press, 9781574414752, 224pp.
Publication Date: July 30, 2012
One of the best lawyers in West Texas, Judge Cullen Higgins (son of the old feudist Pink Higgins) managed to win acquittal for both Gladys and Sid. In the tradition of Texas feudists since the 1840s, the Sims family sought revenge. Sims’ son-in-law, Gee McMeans, led an attack in Sweetwater and shot Billy Johnson’s bodyguard, Frank Hamer, twice, while Gladys—by now Mrs. Hamer—fired at another assassin. Hamer shot back, killed McMeans, and was no-billed on the spot by a grand jury watching the shootout through a window. An attempt against Billy Johnson failed, but a three-man team shotgunned the widely respected Cullen Higgins. Texas Rangers and other lawmen caught one of the assassins, extracted a confession, and then prompted his “suicide” in a Sweetwater jail cell.
About the Author
BILL O’NEAL is a prolific author of western history, the “Best Living Nonfiction Writer” as selected by True West magazine in 2007. He speaks frequently to historical groups and has appeared in documentaries on TBS, History Channel, Discovery Channel, TNN, and A&E. O’Neal is the author of more than thirty books, including The Johnson County War (2005 NOLA Book of the Year), The Regulator-Moderator War, Historic Ranches of the Old West, Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters, and Cheyenne, 1867-1903. He is retired from teaching at Panola College.