The story of “Bad” Bill Tutt is based on actual events in the life of a young doctor, my Grandfather, from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the early 1900’s. Some say he was a truly caring physician who saved many lives in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Others claim he was a dashing rogue, scoundrel, womanizer, and moonshiner, indulged by his wealthy County Judge father and bent on his pursuit of women, gambling, and drink.
What is for certain is that the moniker of “Bad Bill” was bestowed after he shot his cousin, “Bad” Bowen Rose. And it is from here his legend grows.
Regardless of his intentions or motivations, one thing is for certain, “Bad” Bill Tutt lived an adventurous life, and is certainly the stuff of which legends are born.