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TOWN OF LOS GATOS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2006
Los Gatos Library Book Presentation and
Signing: The Bad Man from Bodie
Los Gatos Public Library
110 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
It was murder as odious as
had ever been seen in the Old West, planned by a Los Gatos
saloonkeeper and his two trusty sidekicks. MSgt, USAF (Ret.) Joseph P.
Bowman will share the fascinating story and images from his 2005 book, The
Bad Man from Bodie, when he appears at the Los Gatos Town Council
Chambers on Tuesday, July 18. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with
coffee and a book signing, and the author’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. Books
will be available for purchase at the program.
The little village of
Los Gatos was shocked and horrified at the vicious,
premeditated torture and murders that occurred at the ranch of William P. Renowden
in the hills above Lexington on March
11, 1883. The motive was robbery, as
Renowden was rumored to have gold pieces in his cabin. The names of the
three guilty Los Gatos men, John Franklin Showers, Joseph Jewell, and
mastermind and saloonkeeper Lloyd Leadbetter Majors, became infamous when
court proceedings dragged on for a year. Majors and Jewell were eventually
hanged, and Showers was killed by a fellow inmate at Folsom State Prison.
Author Joe Bowman is a
highly decorated Air Force veteran who served in Desert Storm. His family
moved to Los Gatos in 1876, and while conducting genealogical
research he discovered the Lexington murders and the involvement of one of his
ancestors, John Franklin Showers. He lives with his family in Fowler, California.
The program is free and
open to the public and is sponsored by Los Gatos Public Library.