Laura Wilkerson

Laura Wilkerson
July 27


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           I've found MSNBC's new slogan, “Lean Forward” annoying ever since it appeared around the same time Keith Olbermann disappeared. Although I still dip in to MSNBC in the evening while on Vacation today I got to see MSNBC Live duri… Read full post »

          Bloomington, Indiana and surrounding environs have been riveted by the murder trial of former Marine Michael James Griffin accused of killing Indiana University Professor, Don Belton after an alleged rape.

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APRIL 13, 2011 10:53AM

Judging the Judge Shows

Judge Judy: Judge Judy is the Grand Dame of Judge Shows. With twenty-five years as a Judge in the New York City Family Courts, nothing gets past Judge Judith Sheindlin, except perhaps the occasional South Floridian Waffle House waitress. You won't get much personal back-story on the participants, JudRead full post »

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APRIL 12, 2011 9:07AM

The Movie that Changed My Life: Hair


           At the end of the '70s my mother remarried and we moved to Prince Avenue, a stone's throw from the projects. The house itself was green, a story-story-and-a half with the attic turned into a large bedroom/closet combination. Two bedrooms were downstairs… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2011 11:15AM

Soldiers in Headscarves

          Back in 2003 the Congress of the United States of America passed a law that forbid the practice of Military Units of the United States to require or even “strongly encourage” female soldiers stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear tradition… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2011 10:36AM

Survivor and the Jefferson Bible

            “Just close your eyes and thing of Job, honey,” I said to Matt on the television screen as he fought to keep his wounded foot braced hard against the tiny platform.

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APRIL 7, 2011 10:10AM

Television Review: Breaking In

            Bret Harrison’s new series has a lot in common with his old series. A charming yet sinister boss who is blackmailing him into taking on a job he doesn’t want to do? Check. Two offbeat sidekicks? Check. The girl he has a cr… Read full post »

            The August, 28, 1890 edition of the Owen County Indiana Democrat carried a story headlined Torturing Convicts, and which reported:

            “A starling story of the horri/… Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2011 2:26PM

Republican Follies of 1920

            Political power broker and Republican National Chairman for the State of Oklahoma, Jake Hamon, should have been riding on top of the world in November, 1920. The candidate he had backed, Warren G. Harding of Ohio, had been elected Pre… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2011 11:25AM

On My Daughter's Birthday

            My daughter turns thirty today.

            I remember the day she was born and the doctor dressed in a flame red cocktail dress like she’d been out partying all night sayin/… Read full post »

            For people with a deep interest in the subject one often hears stated that not many women were executed in the post-Revolutionary, or Victorian, era. This is not correct. Not many free, white women were executed but many enslaved wome… Read full post »

          In 1850, sixty-year-old widower Robert Newson of Calloway County, Missouri decided to buy himself a concubine. He traveled to an auction in Audrain County, some forty miles away, and purchased a fourteen-year-old girl, Celia. He raped her on the… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2011 12:03PM

Dead Women Day 9: Another Rebellion

            Nathaniel was born October 2nd, 1800 enslaved to one Benjamin Turner of Rural Southampton County, Virginia. As a small child Nathaniel’s ability to tell of events that occurred long before his birth convinced his mother Nancy, a/… Read full post »

            Nelly and Daphne were two of several enslaved people owned by Champion Travis and working in his fields on the island of Jamestown, Virginia. Mr. Travis lived on the mainland and the only White person on the island was the overseer, J… Read full post »

            It began over a dispute with a peddler and ended with revelations that would send Marie Glass, thirty-seven-year-old “free Mulatress from North of the Carolinas” to the gallows. Odet Baronniere, a pack merchant, made a com… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2011 10:01AM

Obama and the White Man's Burden

            The justification for the United States of America bombing the sovereign Nation of Libya comes down to this:

            “For generations the United States of America has p/… Read full post »

            This week I have decided to present the legal executions of American women in the post-Revolutionary era. First up is the first woman executed after the United States won its Independence: Bathseba Spooner.

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MARCH 25, 2011 11:35AM

The Memory Chest

As a special treat for me, and her too, I suppose, Katherine would open her cedar chest using the heavy iron key she kept on her Keep Me and Never Go Broke lucky aluminum horseshoe shaped keychain from the Owensboro National Bank, and we would excavate her hopes. She would lift… Read full post »

            The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry (Viking, 2010) is a book that is really more than the sum of its parts. Ostensibly about accused murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva/… Read full post »

            On the March 22, 2011 edition of Meet the Press, Senator and one time Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry stated in regards to the United States actions in Libya, “I would not call it going to war,” as if bombing a/… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2011 11:58AM

Update On a Story From 1999

            In January, 1999, a Missouri jury found Brian Stewart guilty of first-degree assault and sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Stewart, a phlebotomist, had been found guilty of deliberately injecting his… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2011 3:24PM

Protest in Brazil

            In the Associated Press stories about President Barack Obama’s five day tour of three Latin American countries readers are regaled with images of “an elaborate arrival ceremony featuring color guards and children waving Am/… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2011 2:10PM

Book Review: Free Trade Doesn't Work

            In 1972 the Republican Presidential Platform included the following plank:

            “We deplore the practice of locating plants in foreign countries solely to take a/… Read full post »

          A woman has been charges with murder and attempted feticide in Indiana after a December suicide attempt led to the death of the woman's child.

           On the evening of December 23, 2010, Bei B… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2011 2:12PM

Review: Spartacus on Starz

            Sometimes I think that in a past life I must have been a Gay man of a very particular type, given my wholly unreasonable love of Steve Reeves movies. In fact I’m fond of the entire genre from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and/Read full post »