Episode 143: Dollop: The Broderick Terry Duel

Dave: The local paper, the Evening Bulletin, wrote a story that City Councilman Casey had been stuffing ballot boxes. Casey responded by walking into the paper and shooting the writer in the head.
Gareth: …As long as they defined that act as an editorial, I think they’re okay.


Let’s start with Hurricane Sarah, the Little Wife That Could:

From usmarshals.gov:

Beautiful and vivacious, Sarah Althea Hill was also mentally unstable and had a history of violent behavior. She carried a small-caliber Colt revolver in her purse and did not hesitate to threaten all who crossed her, even if they were Federal judges.

She will not take your shit, not even in a court of law. Contempt THIS.
She will not take your shit, not even in a court of law. Contempt THIS.

Personally, I would not be surprised if sometimes “purse” means “vagina”. It happens, and if anyone has done it, Sarah Hill Terry did it, yes ma’am.


David Terry carried a Bowie knife, so he had his bae covered, just in case. You got to back up your bad, no matter how crazy her crazy is…

That knife could have been hidden in his beard.


No, I take that back.

Slow your roll. Sit down and have a think about your lady’s level of crazy. Is it reality tv crazy or changing the federal law to allow force in courtrooms crazy?

Maybe put the Bowie knife down, Terry,

Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics * Terry Golway

Tammany Hall

The Terry-Broderick duel * John Currey

Sterling Hopkins and the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance

National Park Service: The Broderick-Terry Duel

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present: Broderick, David Colbreth

The Rivals: William Gwin, David Broderick, and the Birth of California * Arthur Quinn


I agree with Gareth and Dave; so many moments sound like those in movies. This is the one that kept going through my mind–the clear-the-room showdown scene in Unforgiven:



And one more thing…

These stories had more note-passing, second-hand messages, and gossip then my entire middle school experience plus Mean Girls plus all of Gossip Girl put together.

“Well, you tell him that I said,,,”

Mercy, mercy me. No wonder there were so many duels, with that much guy drama…

Bands from this episode:

  • Bitter Enemies
  • Minnie Dictator
  • California Senate Assembly Massacre
  • Corduroy Artery
  • Body and Breeches
  • Twitter Argument
  • Ten Paces
  • Brandy Banishment
  • Pacific Coast Lincoln

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