I've always been fascinated by Porter Rockwell
. He's a character unique to Mormonism and unique to the American West. Bodyguard, gunfighter, US Deputy Marshall, and (possible) Danite are just a few of the titles that have been given to him.
After spending eight months in jail, a filthy and emaciated Rockwell traveled to Nauvoo, where he crashed a Christmas party at Joseph Smith's home. When his identity was confirmed, Smith was moved to say, "I prophesy, in the name of the Lord, that you — Orrin Porter Rockwell — so long as ye shall remain loyal and true to thy faith, need fear no enemy. Cut not thy hair and no bullet or blade can harm thee." Yeah, he was a modern day Samson.
My grandpa would tell me stories he heard about Porter Rockwell as a child in rural Utah. They usually began "Porter Rockwell was a mean son of bitch."
But the man could be generous. According to Wikipedia, when Rockwell found out that a widow was balding because of typhoid fever, he cut his long hair so she could fashion a wig.
Anybody know any good stories about Porter Rockwell?