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– July 7, 2003
"Bart Sloan and his family left Spain to journey to the U.S.A. in early 1930. He brought only himself, his children and his wife Carlotta, along with his talent for house construction.
Times were hard and he could find little work to feed and clothe his five children. Winters were extremely hard. With little work to be had Bart went into bootlegging to supplement what little money he could earn. The sheriff raided him many times but could never catch him at anything. Bart had to leave town to work leaving his family at home. Returning from a finished job he locates his wife Carlotta in a motel with a laborer that had once worked for him building houses. His Spanish blood erupted and Bart killed both his wife and her lover after which he went directly to the sheriff’s office and turned himself into the law. He was saved from punishment by the unwritten law of the times, saying a man finding his wife in bed with another man had a right to kill one or both of them. The perpetrator was usually given a suspended sentence of about five years. Bart fled from his in-laws venganza, (revenge for a relative’s death.) He needed to be free to work and send money to help his children. As soon as all his children became of age he returned to Spain with newspapers to show his in-laws proof of infidelity. The venganza was called off. On an extended world trip, Bart and his second wife Lilly were stranded on a deserted island along with twenty one others for fourteen months. Bart taught the castaways how to survive on the island, weathering the elements and the fear of never being rescued. Meanwhile in the U.S. a vicious child murderer reigned, leaving innocent children hacked to death over several decades, escaping capture time after time. " --This text refers to the
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