By far, the most read blog I ever posted is entitled, “The State Line Mob and Buford Pusser.” I know that because I have software that shows how many come to this blog and how they got here. For example, if someone goes to a search engine like Google and types in “Buford Pusser” or “State Line Mob” and comes to that article, I can see it. I don’t know who they are or where they are but I can see their path to getting here (pic is of Towhead White).
Incredibly, I continue to see folks every week coming from a search engine directly to the State Line Mob article I posted here. Evidently there are a lot of folks infatuated with the story of Buford Pusser and the State Line Mob.
And I have to tell you, the more I learn about that story, the more infatuated I become.
I was in Corinth MS this past week and as I have before, I continued to ask questions of the local folks who knew such notorious Corinth characters such as Towhead White, Jack & Louise Hathcock, Pee Wee Walker, Tommy Bivens, Junior Smith, Nimbo Price and Emma Drewry. And I also asked questions about such infamous places as the Shamrock Motel and Restaurant, the Plantation Club, Theresa’s Truck Stop, the Rustic Inn, the El-Ray Motel and Drewry’s Steakhouse ("mean as a snake" Louise Hathcock pictured here).
Since my first visit to Corinth, I have re-watched the 1973 hit movie, “Walking Tall” and I have read the book, “The State Line Mob” by W. R. Morris. This week I picked up a couple of other books entitled, “Tommy and Me” by Barbara Drewry and “Walking On” by Dwana Pusser. Barbara was the niece of wild woman Emma Drewry and Dwana is Buford Pusser’s daughter. Although both have inside perspectives of this amazing saga, their accounts of the facts are somewhat different.
For you folks investigating, researching and curious, I will give you a few more details about this incredible story:
1. The El-Ray Motel, where the infamous gangster Towhead White was riddled with bullets in 1969, is still standing on Hwy 45 south of Corinth. Towhead White was on the FBI’s list of the most dangerous criminals in the US. Some think Towhead, although in prison at the time, masterminded the ambush that killed Pauline Pusser and left Buford for dead. And some people think Buford Pusser had Towhead killed that night to even the score.
2. Drewry’s Steakhouse, which sits next door to the El-Ray, also still stands. After reading Barbara’s book this weekend, I now know there is also a lot of history that took place at that steakhouse.
3. Up to now, I thought Louise Hathcock, the madam of the infamous Shamrock Motel, was killed by Buford Pusser in self defense. Author Barbara Drewry Bivins thought otherwise.
4. Tommy Bivens is the only man that ever beat the snot out of Towhead White. Now I’m confused as to if he beat him up before Towhead shot him or afterwards. Either way it all happened the same night.
5. Tommy Bivens shot and killed Nimbo Price at Tommy’s house. Tommy calmly called the police and said, “I just shot Nimbo.”
6. Jack Hathcock had Pee Wee Walker killed.
7. Louise Hathcock shot and killed her husband Jack.
8. Emma Drewry had a habit of grabbing men in the crotch at Theresa’s Truck Stop which she and her husband owned and operated.
9. Although there are conflicting opinions about the heroics of the legendary Buford Pusser, it is a fact that he jailed more than 7,500 hundred people during his six year tenure as sheriff of McNairy County.
10. Pusser was stabbed seven times and shot eight times during his tenure as Sheriff.
11. Buford Pusser was killed in an automobile accident in 1974. His daughter, Dwana, in her new book “Walking On” is convinced the wreck was not an accident.
For you folks out there with inside knowledge about the story of the State Line Mob and Buford Pusser, I welcome your comments. Or if you have questions or other comments about this incredible story, I welcome those as well.
For you younger folks who have no idea what I’m talking about, watch the first “Walking Tall” movie starring Joe Don Baker. Then come back and read my blogs.
You just might become infatuated too.