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December 09, 2003

sheriff cody long

I always liked Cody when I was a kid. He wore a big badge and toted two pearl-handled .45 revovers on his hip. He sat on the "gossip bench" outside the pool hall most of the time, and seldom spoke, but when Cody talked, people listened.

Cody had a reputation in Harlan County. He was a big man, well over six feet tall, and he probably weighed about 260 pounds. Cody killed a lot of people. Everybody in Loyal, Kentucky, told me--- if Cody come after you in the mountains, you ain't coming out alive. He'll shoot you. Cody went into the mountains and brought out a dead body many a time in his career, all of them killed in self-defense.

You didn't have a lot of crime when Cody Long was around. I'm not saying that we need more cops like Cody, but he damn sure got the job done.

Comments

Sounds like the Harlan County version of my hero Buford Pusser.
Nice to know there's more than one of 'em...

Posted by: Stevie on December 10, 2003 02:06 AM

Sounds like my type of cop. See my blog for more on that.

Posted by: jedimedic on December 10, 2003 07:08 AM

I grandfather ran a hunting club in Northeast Texas for many years. He ran into a problem with poaching, so he hired an old Texas Ranger who had the same type of reputation.

All the Ranger had to do was sit on the front porch of the clubhouse during hunting season and clean his revolver.

No more poaching!

Posted by: Taliaferro on December 10, 2003 10:46 AM

Aaahhh. The days when character was the most important trait in a peace officer.

I do want more men like Cody sporting badges as long as they have the same integrity.

Posted by: Commander Will on December 10, 2003 11:07 AM

"all of them killed in self-defense"
"I'm not saying that we need more cops like Cody"

The first quote explains the second. I'm for vigorous law enforcement, but this guy sounds like he got to enjoy the 'enforcement' part a little too much.

Posted by: Daniel Day on December 10, 2003 03:00 PM
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