The Legend of Bad Bill Tutt
The story of is based on actual events in the life of a young doctor, my Grandfather, from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the early 1900s. Some say he was a truly caring physician who saved many lives in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Others claim he was a dashing rogue, scoundrel, womanizer, and moonshiner, indulged by his wealthy County Judge father and bent on his pursuit of women, gambling and drink. What is for certain is that the moniker of “Bad Bill” was bestowed after he shot his cousin, “Bad” Bowen Rose. And it is from here his legend grows. A female neighbor that Bill was accused of seducing gunned down his wife, mother of their young children. His brother, Blackhawk, was murdered, leading Bad Bill to plan for revenge. Ultimately, he killed a man in a gunfight, at the notorious town of Mud Hole, Virginia, landing him on the Allegheny Chain Gang. Regardless of his intentions or motivations, one thing is for certain, ”Bad Bill” Tutt lived an adventurous life, and is certainly the stuff of which legends are born.