A 19th century Roman Catholic nun whose legendary exploits included clashes with Old West outlaws along with more traditional roles such as opening hospitals is the focus of a new TV series.
The AP reports that the new series, “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail,” is based on the Italian-born nun Sister Blandina Segale. The project comes from Saint Hood Productions, based in Albuquerque.
“‘At the End of the Santa Fe Trail’ aims to be a fictional account based on Segale’s life and largely will use material from her 1932 book with the same name,” the story reports. “That book consisted of Segale’s letters she wrote to her sister about the lawlessness in Trinidad, Colorado, and in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also discussed working with immigrants and prisoners.”
Her story has been tackled on TV before, but it has been a while. Sister Blandina was the focus of an episode of the CBS Western anthology series “Death Valley Days” titled “The Fastest Nun in the West,” which premiered back in 1966.
“According to one story, she received a tip that Billy the Kid was coming to her town to scalp four doctors who refused to treat his friend’s gunshot wound,” the report notes. “Segale nursed the friend to health, and when Billy went to Trinidad to thank her, she convinced him to abandon his violent plan.”