Matt Bondurant, the author of Lawless (on which John Hillcoat's film was based) tells the legend of the infamous Bondurant boys.
According to family legend, Matt Bondurant’s uncle Forrest had his throat cut from ear to ear and walked through the mountains in a snow storm holding his neck together.
Reputed to be invincible, he survived by walking 12 miles through the snow to a hospital, blood gurgling from his throat.
Franklin County back then had not spent much time documenting their lives - no journals, memoirs or letters.
Other events that belong more to family lore say that there were some sheriffs who shot him in the gut and a rival released a load of logs on him, crushing nearly every bone in his body. It’s as if nothing, or no one, could do him in. - he lived.
Learn more about the ‘Lawless’ family as Matt Bondurant talks about his grandfather, the gangster, and how he became a Hollywood hero at Telegraph.co.uk.
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