SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Randolph ”Ole Ran’l” McCoy lived on the Kentucky side of Tug Fork. William ”Devil Anse” Hatfield lived on the West Virginia banks of the same river.
In the late 1800s, a stolen pig, a forbidden romance, a bootlegging operation, a timber fortune and crooked politics all led to the general distrust and hatred between the two families. It created the most famous feud in American history – the Hatfields and the McCoys. Over nearly a dozen years over a dozen people on both sides of the river were killed.