The story of Robert Hale has to rank as one of the oddest tales in Texas history.
Tom Kizzia’s “Pilgrim’s Wilderness” seeks to explain how a privileged son of a Texas football legend ended up in a hotel room with the dead body of John Connally’s oldest daughter; how that son ran away to California and Oregon communes in the 1960s; how he became convinced he was a messiah and started an ever-growing family that took up residence on a remote, mountainous area owned by Jack Nicholson in New Mexico; and how he renamed himself Papa Pilgrim and led his family to the wilds of Alaska.
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