RE: Porter Rockwell Boulevard" The Utah town of Bluffdale is considering a
proposal to honor a famous Utah killer, Orrin Porter Rockwell, known as the
"Destroying Angel" because he used rough image and guns to take care of
church justice. Bluffdale's leaders may name a major unbuilt thoroughfare
after the man who served as bodyguard to both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
Known by his deep-set, dark eyes and long, thin hair—Smith told him that
he would be blessed by God if he did not cut it—Rockwell once lived in
Bluffdale and sold whiskey to stagecoach inn travelers. Among other stories,
Rockwell attempted to assassinate former Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs for
having issued an order in the late 1830s to drive the Mormons out of his state.
. Some historians estimate that Rockwell killed at least 100 people during his
days before dying of old age at 65. "That's a historical identity, good
or evil," the mayor of Bluffdale said. ." (Deseret News, 8/18/03)