Monday, September 28, 2020

# Guest Posts

Delilah in America by Patrick Gallagher @patrickg_author #guest



By Patrick Gallagher

One of the famous stories in the Bible is that of Samson and Delilah, found in the 16th chapter of Judges.  The story is so famous it has been made into movies at least seven times, has been portrayed in opera, in art by the great masters, in

 sculptures and in various other forms, including music and television.

What is it about this story that is so intriguing?  Is it because we find it so difficult to imagine an evil, conniving woman who would use her sexuality and the love of her man against him, to his destruction?  Or is it because we cannot understand a man who is so mesmerized by his lover that he fails or perhaps even refuses to see her obvious attempts to destroy him?  For whatever reason, the compelling drama of Samson and Delilah has been used to exemplify foolishness by both parties for over three millennia.

Sadly, Samson and Delilah weren’t the last couple to act so foolishly.  This scenario has been repeated in various generations and in various places throughout the world.  Woman seduces man.  Man loves woman.  Woman preys on that love.  We read about it in history and we see it played out in the news.  But we never can fathom what motivates the woman, nor what causes the man to overlook what seems so obvious.  Such a scenario took place in California, Idaho and ultimately Oregon in the late 1940’s.

‘TIL DEATH DO US . . . A True Crime Story of Bigamy and Murder published by WildBlue Press tells the true story of Gladys Broadhurst and her prosperous chiropractor husband, Dr. W. D. Broadhurst.  It reveals her dark secret past and chronicles her seduction of the doctor and of his young cowboy employee.  The book tells the story of not one but two men whose lives are destroyed by falling in love with Gladys. 

Yes, Gladys is Delilah personified, and sadly the doctor has way too much in common with Samson.  I invite you to read the book and decide for yourself if this uncanny resemblance to Samson and Delilah is as chilling to you as it is to me.


Many have set about in life to tell stories that amaze others. Patrick Gallagher had no such ambition. However, some stories grip us by the collar and demand they be told to the world, and this is what Patrick has been challenged to do. He has been a “jack of all trades, master of one,” the “one” being a U.S. Customs Broker and logistics specialist. But over the curse of a lifetime Patrick has worked as a farm laborer, forest fire fighter, process server, retail store manager, preacher, ware-houseman and dishwasher. However, founding and managing a business in international logistics was the career he loved.

Now retired, Patrick and his wife enjoy their four children and twelve grandchildren, and their home at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado.







In August 1945, Gladys Lincoln of Sacramento contacted prosperous Dr. W. D. Broadhurst of Caldwell, Idaho, and rekindled a romance from twenty years earlier.  After many passionate letter exchanges and several sexually-charged meetings, they were married in Reno, Nevada on May 20, 1946.  After a passion-filled three-day weekend together, the doctor returned to his home in Idaho, and Gladys returned to Sacramento … and to her husband, Leslie Lincoln! But Gladys was much more than a bigamist.

Gladys needed something even she didn’t understand.  She married her first husband when she was 20, and her second husband only 14 months later.  The second marriage lasted only two years, the third less than 16 months.  Leslie Lincoln was her fifth, and Dr. Broadhurst became her sixth. But what desperate need drove her to go from marriage to marriage?

Then what dark mindset moved her and her young cowboy chauffeur to commit murder? Find out in ‘TIL DEATH DO US …’ the gripping new true crime from WildBlue Press author Patrick Gallagher whose grandfather was Gladys’ lead defense attorney during her sensational trial.




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