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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS PRESS
The story of a West Texas Feud that resulted in the
"greatest legal battle ever fought in Texas courts."
from Bill Neal
_ _ Bill Neal
VENGEANCE IS MINE
The Scandalous Love Triangle That
Triggered the Boyce-Sneed Feud
$24.95 cloth; 336 pages
or www. tamupress. com
The 1912 Boyce-Sneed feud in West Texas
began with a torrid sex scandal at the core of a
love triangle, featuring Lena Snyder Sneed, the
high-spirited, headstrong wife; Al Boyce, Jr.,
Lena's reckless, romantic lover; and John Beal
Sneed, Lena's arrogant, vindictive husband who
responded to Lena's plea for a divorce by having
her locked up in an insane asylum. Then Sneed
ambushed not only Al Boyce, but also his father.
During the murder trials, Sneed testified that
he intentionally killed both men, but offered
no legal justification under the written laws of
Texas: not self-defense, insanity, or alibi. How
Sneed's overpowering defense team won acquit-
tals in what appeared to be unwinnable cases
makes for a riveting drama skillfully explored
by the author.
"Vengeance Is Mine will attract a 'true
crime' readership as well as an academic
audience. This has movie potential."
-Gordon Bakken, professor of history,
California State University at Fullerton
BILL NEAL practiced
criminal law in West
Texas for forty years,
twenty as a prosecu-
tor and twenty as a
defense attorney. He
served as comment-
editor of the Texas Law
Review and as a brief-
ing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court.
He is the author of Getting Away with Mur-
der on the Texas Frontier: Notorious Killings
and Celebrated Trials, From Guns to Gavels:
How Justice Grew Up in the Outlaw West,
and Sex, Murder, and the Unwritten Law:
Courting Judicial Mayhem, Texas Style.
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