Stephen G. Michaud
Maryland (formerly Texas)
Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author of Robert’s Story: A Texas Cowboy’s Troubled Life and Horrifying Death
Pub Date: September 2022
Genre: Biography/Elder Abuse/Texas Ranching
Publisher: Coyote Publishing LLC
Page Count: 384
ABOUT THE BOOK
An astonishing Texas tale that’s stranger than fiction and primed for a docuseries or reality TV.
Tired, disoriented, and confused, Robert East was no match for the “wolves” when they arrived.
Robert East loved his older brother Tom but always resented his favored role in the family cattle business based at their San Antonio Viejo ranch near Hebbronville, Texas, just north of the Rio Grande.
Tom was a figure to be reckoned with, a cattleman with ambitions to supplant their uncle Bob Kleberg, head of the enormous King Ranch, as the leading cattle raiser in Texas. Robert, by contrast, was a cowboy who cared little for what occurred beyond the San Antonio Viejo’s main gate. Handsome and ornery, with no head for business, he nevertheless chafed in his brother’s shadow until 1984, when Tom died young of a heart attack.
Suddenly, Robert was the new and untested patron of 250,000 acres of East Family ranchland―and the majority owner of the ocean of natural gas pooled beneath East rangeland.
Robert’s contentious nature drove the Easts into bitter intra-family legal warfare that persisted for a decade. He lost his beloved sister, Lica, to cancer, and as old age advanced, he found himself alone and isolated on a remote ranch with only an unreliable foreman and a scattering of vaqueros and other workers for company.
The physical wear and tear from decades of working cattle on horseback began to show. Robert’s knees gave out, and he developed serious cardiovascular problems. His doctors prescribed pain pills, sedatives, and medications for his chronic depression. In 2000, drillers hit the most productive gas well in the U.S, if not the world, on East property, making the old man suddenly and spectacularly wealthy beyond his comprehension.
Soon enough the “wolves” began to circle, and Robert’s grotesque final days were at hand.
For more, visit robertstory.com
Pub Date: May 17, 2022
Genre: Memoir / Christian Inspirational
Publisher: She Writes Press
Page Count: 304