JIM COURTRIGHT OF FORT WORTH: HIS LIFE AND LEGEND.
Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 2004. xv,287pp. Index. Bibliography. Notes. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Foreword by Richard F. Selcer. Brown cloth, title in gilt on spine and cover. First edition. Fine copy in an equally nice dust jacket. Richard F. Selcer: “[From the foreword] “…..a first-rate scholarly biography.” Stan Banash: “He [DeArment] ferreted out previously undiscovered, information, weaved in the temper of the times and depicted Courtright’s associates to produce a masterful work.” Larry D. Ball: “…the first reliable study of this controversial Texas character.” Isaiah Timothy “Longhair Jim” Courtright operated on both sides of the law and became a legend in his lifetime and after his death. One of the most colorful characters from Fort Worth’s Hell’s Half Acre, Courtright was at various times city marshal, deputy sheriff, deputy U.S. marshal, private detective, hired killer and racketeer. He was killed by Luke Short in front Ellie Blackwell’s shooting gallery in Fort Worth’s Hell’s Half Acre on February 8, 1887. Well researched and highly readable, it is the definitive work on Courtright.