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How the Democrats Killed the Republican President in 1865

John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) Doesn’t it seem ironic to you that the ‘freedom’ party of the present could be the ones who wanted to keep slavery alive in the past, and the GOP (Grand … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Bruce McArthur’s Victims This is a shameful episode in police indifference when eight gay men went missing in Toronto between 2010 and 2017. Rumours of a serial killer were ignored by the Toronto Police Service until Bruce McArthur was implicated … Continue reading

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When the Queen of Murder Mysteries Disappeared for 11 Days

Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890 – January 12, 1976) It’s what any self-respecting woman would do: after your husband asks you for a divorce, you drive off into the night, crash your car, and then totally disappear. But when you … Continue reading

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The Huron Didn’t “Eat Him”: They Beat Him in a One-Sided Melee

The Murder of Étienne Brûlé (June 30, 1633) When someone is knocked off his high horse, we say he has been brought down a peg or two. The Huron Bear tribe were not cannibals. So the inference that they ate … Continue reading

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How John le Carré Describes George Smiley to His Readers

A Murder of Quality (1962) If you’re like me, you would have probably thoroughly enjoyed the Smiley Trilogy (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, “The Honourable Schoolboy” and “Smiley’s People”). But I had never read one of the early books that introduced … Continue reading

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Sorry, I Don’t Want to Spend Another Minute in This Bog

Longmire (2012-2017) We started watching this Netflix series on the recommendation of Susan’s brother, a retired RCMP constable living in Alberta (where he worked during his career). This show is right up his alley: a police (sheriff) procedural in Wyoming, … Continue reading

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Murder in the Line of Duty, or Something More Personal?

The Murder of George Floyd (May 25, 2020) I’ve waited until now to discuss this case. What I did not want to do was add any fuel to the fire of a blazing racial incident between a black man and … Continue reading

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Did He Order a “Satanic Hit” on his Pregnant Wife?

Roman Polanski (August 18, 1933) It’s a delicate question, but one that I haven’t seen asked before. It’s true that Roman Polanski has a ‘spotted’ history of poor choices in his life, but has anyone thought that he would or … Continue reading

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A Larger Than Life Footnote in Roman History

Vitellius (September 24, 15 AD – December 22, 69 AD) It’s a shame, really. This man was probably best suited for the debauched lifestyle that being Emperor could afford him, but he wasn’t really right to rule the Roman Empire. … Continue reading

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And Finally, the Runt of the Roman Litter of Emperors

Claudius (August 1, 10 BC – October 13, 54 AD) They say he suffered from a childhood illness that left him infirm (and famously portrayed with a stammer by Derek Jacobi in the “I, Claudius” TV series). It may have … Continue reading

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