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MCM

Hey is that Steve McQueen on that magazine cover?

laura

That sure is Steve McQueen :) Good eye.

sallygw

Well, if you consider presidential assassinations to be true crime - and why not? - my vote is Sarah Vowell and "Assassination Vacation", which is funny, heartbreaking, and filled with more historical information than I'd ever thought I'd love. And note: it's even funnier on audio, where you can hear her strange little-girl voice (kinda like Lisa Simpson) going on about such points of interest as Charles Guiteau being probably the one person who couldn't get laid at the Oneida commune, famous for its free love doctrines.

Jeffrey Bloomfield

Off the wall humor appears in many cases and trials. Supposedly John Wilkes Booth, as a boy, talked of his idea of real fame to his friends and mentioned the old story about the man who set fire to the Temple of Diane (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) in order to become immortal. One of his friends then said, "Tell us Wilkes, what is this fellow's name?" Flummoxed by the question (the guy's name is remembered by scholars only) Booth couldn't answer. More recently, John George Haigh was being transported to court for his murder trial (the "Acid Baths" case), when traffic was delayed due to a horse and cart. Haigh looked out the window, smiled and turned to the constable with him and said, "I know a great way to make that horse disappear!!"

Jeffrey Bloomfield

William Roughead (in his essay on the Ardlamont Case) mentions that he overheard Alfred Monson (the defendant) stand up at the trial during the start of a recess, turn to the press and make a joke, "Why is my back, after a long sit, like a train locomotive?" He answerd the reporters, "Because I have a tender behind!" Roughead did not like this tired joke.

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