Book Review: Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders

by James Pylant. Jacobus Books, 2015. 246 pages.

From the back cover of the book:

In 1925 Texans were stunned when a teenager’s severed head was found in an abandoned farmhouse near the town of Stephenville. An investigation led to ex-convict F.M. Snow and the mysterious disappearances of his wife and mother-in-law.

But this shocking, bloody saga began 50 years earlier.

Beautiful, vivacious Samantha Jones had a penchant for dangerous men. Her teenaged marriage to gambler Amos Smith ended when he was gunned down in a hit orchestrated by his wife’s alleged lover, who was lynched. The widow then married the abusive Gill Olds who was later arrested for theft, forgery and murder.

Violence stalked the next generation when Samantha’s daughter, Maggie Olds, was twice widowed with the murders of her second and fourth husbands. Yet, Maggie’s unfortunate choice for a fifth husband, F.M. Snow, led to a gruesome, triple tragedy.

Got your attention? (The first chapter is called “The Head in the Cellar.”)

I don’t think I can write anything to add to the lure of this story.

So if you don’t mind, I’ll just quietly excuse myself and get reading.

Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders by James Pylant is available from Amazon in a print edition at as well as in a Kindle version at The book is also available from many other bookstores. See for a list of stores.

One Comment

I think that, somehow, a misprint found a way into your copy of the review and the man’s name was Bill Olds or William C. Olds.


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