A drama based on a book written by Don Queen
Screenplay by Linda Daly and Phil Mathews, PLLC
Following WWII, Eloy, a hot dusty "Cotton Boom Town” in South Central Arizona lives up to its Spanish translation, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Based on the book, ELOY, written by Don Queen, the son of a deputy of Eloy during the Cotton Boom where deputies were killed, crippled or scared off the job except for one, A.V. Queen.
The actual events of Eloy during post-WWII are well documented with original crime photographs, original newspaper articles, notes that were kept by A.V. in his trusty notebook and the childhood memories of an impressionable young boy who idolized his dad.
The season opens in 1941 as A.V. Queen, a Native American and resident for the past two years of the T.B. Santorum in Talihina, Oklahoma is told by his doctor that he needed to be in a dryer climate or die. In a 1939 Chevy, the Queen family of eight, a hired driver, seventeen quilts and all of their earthly belongings that would fit in the car headed west. The family settled in the small, dusty “Cotton Boom Town” of Eloy.
They secured a one room, “Cotton Cabin” furnished only with a single wooden table and four chairs. Overhead, a single light bulb hung from the ceiling on a wrapped electrical cord and pull chain that turned the light on and off. Each cabin had running water outside to the left of the front door that consisted of a faucet, while the “facilities” were nothing more than a one-hole toilet that was shared by other tenants in the cotton cabins, also outdoors.
The family’s fortune changed dramatically after A.V. helped a deputy lock up three very resisting prisoners. A few days later, Chief Deputy, Ed “Tex” Smith, offered him the job of night deputy. For the next four years, A.V. and Ed Smith worked together side by side and became good friends until Ed was assassinated in 1948, resulting from illegal gambling.
Typically, Eloy’s population was 4500, however from September thru January during the cotton picking season the population swelled to around 15,000. Each weekly episode will capture Eloy’s bad-ass reputation by examining documented criminal cases and the memories of a child during his youth.