The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys: The True StoryOriginal air date: August 23, 2013
Dean King is here, for the third time. His books are always fantastic. Skeletons on the Zahara and Unbound seep into my consciousness almost weekly. This book is no different. It’s called The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys: The True Story .
The Hatfields and McCoys are notorious enemies. We have all heard of the feuding families. They’ve been animated in a Looney Tunes cartoon – You know, shotgun-toting, creek-fed, moon-shine drinking, uneducated mountain men who just can’t get along. But what we think we know about the story is a tame, almost comical version of events. The truth is that the two families were prosperous land-owners who lived in harmony until a Civil War grudge festered into viciousness. Their Feud became darkly violent in the 1880’s and was made-up of “brutal murders, reckless affairs, mercenaries, bounty hunters, vigilantes, skirmishing governors” and went all the way to the supreme court. The Hatfield and McCoy story is fit for a 20/20 murder investigation but not a Saturday morning cartoon.
Today we’ll talk about the Hatfield and McCoy’s feud, and end with how writing this book got Dean shot at too.