The Revolving Chambers

At the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, visitors claim several of the firearms on display move on their own. Most of the stories involve several revolvers’ chambers spinning and then randomly cocking their hammers as if preparing to fire. At the museum, each firearm is affiliated with a specific officer who likely used the gun in a hostile exchange or with a specific event (such as artifacts recovered from Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s “death car” after they were gunned down by the Texas Rangers), occasionally resulting in the death of a suspected criminal and eternally tethering the spirit to that weapon.

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The legends and folktales in Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas, compiled by Bradley T. Turner and accompanied by photographs from Mark Burdine, bring to life the whispered stories and forgotten secrets that illuminate the darkest recesses of the Texas psyche from the distant past to the present day.

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