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History

Buford Pusser by his car in front of home

Twenty-five years after his death, the legend of Buford Pusser lives on

By Chris Davis, Weekly Wire

JULY 5, 1999: Just a little over a hundred miles east of Memphis, on U.S. Highway 45, two ruined buildings straddle the Tennessee/Mississippi state line like a toothless old hooker, leering at passersby and enticing them to stop and poke around. The windows are blown out, and the dim interiors are lit by narrow shafts of sunlight pouring through the roof, onto the dirty ceramic tiles below. Looming above a cluster of young trees, a faded sign reads "Motel" in shattered white neon, and if you pull back some of the undergrowth you can see a smaller metal sign, its message long erased by the elements, in the shape of a four-leafed-clover.

He wrestled and defeated a live grizzly bear. He led a violent but successful campaign against moonshiners, gamblers, prostitutes and organized crime figures. His unusual methods of law enforcement earned him notoriety. He became a local legend for his heroics and at the same time gained him dangerous enemies.

On August 12th, 1967, Buford received a call at 4:30a.m. about a disturbance at the State Line.   His wife Pauline insisted on accompanying him that morning, but when they reached the New Hope Road, a black car pulled out behind them at the New Hope Church.   Suddenly, the car was beside them and a hail of bullets smashed into the side window.   The shots missed Buford, but had struck Pauline in the head.  

Buford Pusser…..Law Career

Buford had moved to Chicago late in the summer of 1957, but he began to feel a ‘tug at his heart’ to return to the slower pace of life of McNairy County. So in 1961, Buford packed up his family, which had grown to include a new baby girl, Dwana, and move back to Adamsville. His father Carl had been Adamsville's police chief.

The Man

This was the man – BUFORD PUSSER – the man who became the target of many assassination attempts – one of which took the life of his wife and left him emotionally and physically scarred.

Contact Us

  • Buford Pusser Home & Museum
  • 342 Pusser St.
  • Adamsville, TN 38310
  • (731) 632-4080
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