Non Fiction, Travel > Texas, travel.
Around noon on December 23, 1927 Santa Claus strolled through the town of Cisco, Texas, patting children's heads, and chatting with locals. He did not come bearing candy or gifts, however, nor did he care who was naughty or nice. No, this particular Santa and his helpers were there to rob a bank. At first, Marshall Ratliff's white beard and red coat seemed the perfect disguise. A few minutes into the heist, things began to unravel. After a shootout riddling the bank with no less than 200 bullet holes, a car chase, and the abduction of two little girls, this particular Santa Claus became the focus of one of the largest manhunts in Texas state history. But the story does not end there. Tui Snider's extensive research includes quotes from eyewitnesses, photos, and a myriad of quirky facts to round out this strange-but-true crime story. Along the way, Tui Snider discovered some intriguing loose ends, clues pointing to a mysterious blonde woman. Did the notorious Santa and his crew have a female helper, and did she get away with murder?
Non Fiction, Travel, Texas.
Why creep around at night when so many haunted places in north Texas are open to the public & active during the day? Why simply read ghost stories about north Texas when you can visit these sites in person? Not only does Tui Snider explain the intriguing stories behind the paranormal activity in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, but she gives directions to places you can visit in person, such as the: *Serial Killer's Grave where EVP's & Anomalous Photos are Common *Amusement Park where a Little Girl Haunts the Candy Store *Country Graveyard with a Mysteriously Glowing Tombstone *Hotel so Haunted that a University Teaches Parapsychology there *Elevator that Opens By Itself when Pretty Women Walk By *Historic Cemetery where People get EVP's & Orbs in Broad Daylight *Ghost Town with an Operatic Apparition & a Haunted Restaurant *B&B with a Gentlemanly Ghost who seems Protective of Women *Theater that Kept its Resident Ghost in Mind when Remodeling *Historic Town Squares where nearly Every Shop has a Ghost
Non Fiction, Travel , Texas.
You can't make this stuff up. Actually you can... But here in Texas, you don't have to! Not only does Tui Snider explain the stories behind these offbeat & overlooked sites, but she also gives directions to a bunch of quirky Texas places, including the: * Gravesite of an Alleged Space Alien * Courthouse Displaying a Dead Lizard * Statue of Jesus Wearing Cowboy Boots * Rope used to Lynch "Santa Claus" * Building Made Entirely of Salt * Wax Replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper * 65 foot tall Eiffel Tower Replica * Petrified Wood Motel & Cafe * World's Smallest Skyscraper * Only Michelangelo Painting in America ... and much more!
Non Fiction, Travel, Texas.
TGraveyards don’t exist merely to shelter the dead. They also nurture the living. In fact, America’s garden cemeteries were our nation’s first public parks. People used to visit cemeteries not only to mourn the dead, but to have a pleasant day in nature with their family. “Understanding Cemetery Symbols” by Tui Snider helps history buffs, genealogists, ghost hunters and other curiosity seekers decode the forgotten meanings of the symbols our ancestors placed on their headstones. By understanding the meaning behind the architecture, acronyms, & symbols found in America’s burial grounds, readers will gain a deeper appreciation for these "messages from the dead."