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True American Or Nativist Bully? The True Story Of William ‘bill The Butcher’ Poole
New book by Seth Abrams and Rose Keefe shatters the myths surrounding New York's bloodiest patriot.
By: Rose Keefe
His death was as spectacular as his life. When a long-time enemy finally shot Poole in the heart on February 24, 1855, it took him fourteen days to die, and among his last words were “I die a true American.” That declaration made him a martyr to the nativist cause and a Manhattan legend.
Poole was the inspiration for the Bill Cutting character in Martin Scorsese's 2002 epic Gangs of New York as well as numerous literary and stage characters. But the real story of William Poole and his transformation from Washington Market butcher to rampaging gladiator of New York's anti-immigrant forces has remained untold for over 150 years.
The Killing of Bill the Butcher: William Poole and the Battle for Old New York is the first detailed study of William Poole's life and crimes. Other highlights include:
•Poole's deadly rivalry with Irish prize-fighter (and future U.S. Senator) John Morrissey, which finally ended in murder
•Previously unpublished biographical details about Lewis Baker, the former policeman who fatally shot Bill the Butcher and emerged victorious after three trials
The Killing of Bill the Butcher: William Poole and the Battle for Old New York will be released in both print and electronic format by Our Gotham Press in June 2011.
About the authors:
Seth F. Abrams is a New York historian and stage actor who has written about and portrayed some of the city's most legendary gangsters. His mob tour of the Lower East Side is a popular weekend event in the city.
Rose Keefe is the author of three American gangster biographies:
Full Contact Information:
Seth F. Abrams / Rose Keefe
Web URL: http://www.butcherbillpoole.com /