Perhaps someone can tell me if this is a real Texan tradition. I am willing to believe that it is, as ownership of shoes can be something of a status symbol in poorer communities.
I think the father was perhaps a little overzealous in his application of punishment in this case though. If your honour is so wounded after a family member leaves home shoeless that you are somehow justified in hunting them down and killing them sounds a little over the top. The fact that he was sentenced to 99 years in gaol for it means I am not the only one that thinks so!
The opening paragraph does everything it can to put us in the mood for a tale of thwarted love and sets this article in the context of a story retold than a reporting of fact which immediately makes me suspicious of the truthfulness of it.
Either way, the girl’s name changes from Dollie to Doris by the end of the article and I can’t begin to tell you how much that annoys me!!