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23 December 2012 @ 09:07

Two recent reports caught my attention…


From Breitbart and the AP, John Hanna reporting, we learn:


The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote’s true-crime book “In Cold Blood” were exhumed Tuesday in an effort to solve slayings of a Florida family killed weeks later.

Kyle Smith, deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said bone fragments were collected from the skeletal remains of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, who were hanged for the murders of Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their children in Holcomb, Kan., on Nov. 15, 1959.

The fragments were collected at the request of a Sarasota County Sheriff’s detective, who has been trying to determine whether Hickock and Perry Smith were responsible for the deaths of Cliff and Christine Walker and their two young children on Dec. 19, 1959, in their home in Osprey, about four hours northwest of Miami near Sarasota. Smith and Hickock fled to Florida after the Clutter murders.

If you have never read Capote’s In Cold Blood, I highly recommend it as an excellent example of the banal side of Evil.


From The London Daily Mail, Anthony Bond reporting, we learn:

The skeleton found in the resting place of Richard III has been confirmed as belonging to the king – but scientists are holding the news back for greater publicity, it has been claimed.

The human remains were uncovered in September in what is now the car park of Leicester City Council’s social services department.

Since then, a number of tests have been taking place to determine if the bones belong to the Plantagenet king, including DNA tests.

But, according to The Daily Telegraph, even if long-awaited DNA results prove inconclusive, the archeologists will still announce that the remains belong to Richard III.

A source, who has knowledge of the excavation, told the newspaper that additional evidence which was not revealed at a press conference following the discovery of the remains demonstrates beyond doubt that the skeleton is Richard III.

Another source said that new evidence will not be revealed until a Channel Four documentary is shown in January….

I don’t see what the problem is: after all, Richard is still waiting for that horse.

  1. M. Thompson permalink
    23 December 2012 @ 10:38 10:38

    Richard III lost, most likely had the Princes in the Tower killed, so he deserves the grave of a traitor.

  2. 24 December 2012 @ 20:38 20:38

    They are doing DNA testing with descendants. They’ll be pretty close to certain after those tests are complete.

    It’s interesting how a dynasty would start well, but end up destroying itself quite often. About the only one is the current string that started with the Hanoverians and continues through the current Windsors.

    Interesting reading about these things at,


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