The Texas Longhorn: Noble Symbol or Omen of Death

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Gilliland himself was shot down by Texas Rangers about six months after he murdered his neighbor in the dispute over the steer. The Rangers attempted to arrest Gilliland and a gunfight ensued. When officers were scanning the scene after the shootout, a white steer walked up to Gilliland’s body and sniffed his corpse. The steer bore the mark, “Murder 1889” on its left flank.

Gilliland was killed 75 miles away from the previous sighting of “Murder 1889”. Many locals believed the steer was an omen of death. Other locals claimed that the steer possessed the spirit of Gilliland himself.

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