Tuesday, April 24, 2012


In March 1912 Floyd Allen was convicted of assault in Hillsville, Virginia. He and his kin believed the courthouse gang had transformed this prosecution into a persecution. When the guilty verdict was announced, Floyd stood up & said, "Gentlemen, I ain't a goin'."

No one knows who fired first, but a gun battle broke out in the crowded courtroom. Five people were killed outright, two died later, and Floyd was wounded. The Allens fled to the hills, setting loose the greatest manhunt of the time, led by the infamous Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Floyd and his 22 year old son Claude were executed a year later. Four other family members served long prison sentences, and one was murdered. Thomas Moore has written a novel version of the Hillsdale massacre entitled "No Villains, No Heroes." It's a tale about the true meaning of law and justice, and the deadly dangers of runaway government & rouge police.

You can order a copy signed by the author from www.ThomasMooreBooks.com. While you're there, take a look at Tom's unforgettable novel, "The Hunt For Confederate Gold." You won't be able to forget either of these great books. Without any qualification, I highly recommend them both.


  1. Call me a spelling Nazi, but that would be "rogue police". Thanks for the retelling; I had not heard of this story.