In case you didn’t know, I love lawmen (all kinds), but most especially, the sheriffs and marshals of the old west―the good guys―but I’m not going to write about them today. Nope. Today, I’m going to write about the bad guys―you know who I’m talking about―those men (and women) you just love to hate (or hate to love). Books and movies (real life, too) are full of those who think they are above the law, but what drives them? What makes them think they can have something simply because they want it? What makes them so…bad? Is it greed, one of the seven deadly sins? Envy? Pride? Revenge? Something else?
History is rife with outlaws and their stories, real and imagined. They are part of what made the old west so notorious. The Clantons and McLaurys, famous for their gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona; Billy the Kid, reputed to have killed eight men; Clay Allison, known for his violent temper and unpredictable personality; killer-for-hire Tom Horn Jr; John Wesley Hardin; Jesse James; and the list goes on. Books and movies sometimes tell us what drove them to do what they did but will we ever really know the truth? And do you want to? I so prefer the fictional to the true life villains!Some bad guys don’t need a reason to do what they do….they simply like it (as long as they can get away with it). In my MacDermott Brothers saga (A Kiss in the Shadows, A Kiss in the Morning Mist, and A Kiss in the Sunlight), the Logan Gang was one of the most notorious outlaw gangs to ever ride. They were not only driven by greed and envy, but I think they actually enjoyed robbing, rustling, and killing.
Who are some of your favorite villains?
Until next time, remember to spread kindness wherever you go.Marie