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#1 HouTex

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:12 PM

For anyone that does not know, This is the story of the corrupt legal system of Smith County, after the big drug bust in the 70's, I believe.
It seems a very interesting story, but it would seem as though the writer, David Ellsworth was "talked into" pulling the book off the shelves and destroying most copies.
Apparently, not too many people have this book anymore, including the Tyler Public Library, as well as TJC.
Can anyone thats been living around the area for quite some time fill me in on what exactly happened?



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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:37 PM

Read it and believe it. I was 20 years old at the time and many of my friends were wrongly accused in the bogus drug sweep. All of the cases were eventually dismissed. A guy I went to school with actually shot the narcs and got away scot free due to their zealous intent to frame Ken Bora.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:43 PM

QUOTE (Fivehead @ Sep 4 2009, 11:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Read it and believe it. I was 20 years old at the time and many of my friends were wrongly accused in the bogus drug sweep. All of the cases were eventually dismissed. A guy I went to school with actually shot the narcs and got away scot free due to their zealous intent to frame Ken Bora.


Ah.
I'll definately read it if I can get ahold of it.
So am I the only one that was not aware of this, or have they really done that good a job of covering it up?

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:44 PM

Check it out here: http://wikileaks.org..._County_Justice

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:47 PM

Oh, man! When I saw the thread title, I thought someone located a copy of the book! w00t.gif

I was too young to understand the particulars, but I remember hearing Kenneth Bora's name on the news EVERY night -- along with the Smith County Electric Company.

BTW -- the mediocre 1991 movie Rush is loosely based on this story...

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:49 PM

QUOTE (cheaptrick77 @ Sep 4 2009, 11:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh, man! When I saw the thread title, I thought someone located a copy of the book! w00t.gif


Actually, I have a friend who's parent own a copy.
Or you could spend a few hundred on Amazon.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:53 PM

^ when my brother used to work in bookstores (Tyler and Denton), that was the #1 requested book ...

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:57 PM

QUOTE (cheaptrick77 @ Sep 4 2009, 11:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
^ when my brother used to work in bookstores (Tyler and Denton), that was the #1 requested book ...


Pretty crazy, and please tell me the writer, David Ellsworth, is not now, this man.
http://www.ellsworthstudios.com/

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:15 PM

QUOTE (Rockon1885 @ Sep 4 2009, 11:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Pretty crazy, and please tell me the writer, David Ellsworth, is not now, this man.
http://www.ellsworthstudios.com/


He's not............
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:18 PM

QUOTE (delap @ Sep 5 2009, 12:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He's not............


Ah, indeed.
Well I wonder what he is up to.
Still alive?

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:26 PM

QUOTE (Rockon1885 @ Sep 5 2009, 12:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ah, indeed.
Well I wonder what he is up to.
Still alive?


No idea........

Oh and you can get the book for $35 at Amazon.....really not that bad of a price.

http://www.amazon.co...h/dp/B00070HPRE
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:31 PM

^ $35 is the Kindle Edition price



WHOA -- Kenneth Bora will sell you an autographed copy for two grand! w00t.gif


http://www.amazon.co...p;condition=new


$49 for a paperback reprint is your best physical copy price...

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:37 PM

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$49 for a paperback reprint is your best physical copy price...


$49.00 for a freakin' paperback?!!?!?! rant.gif

At that price I better be able to drop it in the toilet and have it come out still smellin' new.......
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:39 PM

^ TMI pinch.gif

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:52 PM

Along this same path...there is a book written about Gregg County and its corruption days under Welch. It is called Hush Little Bubba, Don't Say a Word. A must read if you like things like this.
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 10:24 AM

QUOTE (Five0pd310 @ Sep 5 2009, 12:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Along this same path...there is a book written about Gregg County and its corruption days under Welch. It is called Hush Little Bubba, Don't Say a Word. A must read if you like things like this.

I remember when I was a kid all the hoolah going on about that...my dad went to school with Tom Welch... Tom lived right down the road from us, and still does (or where we used to live).

Now, ya gotta hear Tom tell the story...I still to this day, ask him where he's got jars of money from "others" hidden in the pasture...he laughs...hummmm

Got some yahoo now going on up in Upshur County here as well..

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:47 AM

QUOTE (Rockon1885 @ Sep 5 2009, 12:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ah, indeed.
Well I wonder what he is up to.
Still alive?


Call Dillard's Dept. Store. Back in the early 80's, they were able to tell you each time he walked into the store.


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