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A Scary Tale with Ties to Mason
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 • Posted October 19, 2011

Many years ago a chilling story was told of two Texas Rangers who ambushed and killed the infamous leader of a band of cattle rustlers and horse thieves near the Nueces River. The man’s body was subsequently decapitated, strapped to a wild horse, and set free to roam the open range as a warning to all would-be rustlers. Thus was born the legend of El Muerto or the “Headless Horseman of Texas.” The original storyteller was Creed Taylor, a resident of Kimble County and a personal friend of the two Rangers involved in the ambush. Recording the story was J. Warren Hunter, one of Taylor’s friends and a Texas newspaper man of some renown. Hunter, in fact, had established the straight-shooting Mason Herald in 1892 and served as its first editor.At 5:00 p.m. on Halloween night, October 31, at Mason’s Odeon Theater, a retelling of the story will be presented as part of the theater’s first annual “BooFest,” an event which will include refreshments and a children’s costume contest. On stage, telling the gruesome story will be the mysterious “Senorita Vidal,” sister to the dead horse thief, portrayed by Robin E. Clark, a Mason artist and resident. Clark holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and is a retired public school teacher and university professor. A small charge of $1 per child and $2 per adult will be used by the Odeon Preservation Association to assist in preserving and maintaining the theater for its continued use and enjoyment.

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