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Randall Chandler
Court Day

Billy Ray was flat out ugly.
He was an ugly baby.
He was an ugly man.

To make matters worse
he was not a scholar,
quitting school when he
became of age.

Women didn’t have
much truck with him,
but he was known
by that mountain saying,
“a good old boy.”

He married in his late 30s
to a woman with two kids
he found in a honky-tonk
in Virginia.

Not much later, as small towns
will do, it was whispered
that his wife was going out
with a strip mine operator.

The strip mine operator
was found at his doorstep
with seventeen .22 slugs
lodged in his body.

They never discovered
who did it.

Billy Ray took his wife camping.
He was drinking and accidentally
shot his wife in the throat
with a .22 gun.

He was charged with manslaughter
and spent two years in prison.
Mountain justice was done.

Randall Chandler was born in 1941 in Lowmansville. He attended two years at Eastern Kentucky University, being an indifferent student at best. He joined the workforce, and at different times in his life has been a salesman, logger, small business owner, coal mine electrician, and long distance truck driver. He says, “Since retiring I try to do only those things that I enjoy.”

 

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