26 September 2012

Five Red Herrings III

by Robert Lopresti

1. What Not To Wear To A Murder Trial
File under too-weird-for-fiction.  You probably heard that former policeman  Drew Peterson was convicted of killing his wife, but did you hear about the odd thing about the jury?  They dressed  alike.  One day all business suits.  Another day sports Jerseys.  Sometimes red, white, and blue.  Apparently they were having a lot of fun, but does this show the proper attitude when judging a man  who is accused of murdering his wife?

Apparently the feeling during the trial was that no one could ask them about it.  "If they came in wearing T-shirts saying 'Drew's Guilty,' it'd be different," said one attorney.

2. Encounter with Number 6.
I recently met a writer named Stephan Michaels.  Naturally I took a peek at his website and found a terrific piece about his friendship with one of my favorite actors, Patrick McGoohan.  For any fans of Secret Agent or The Prisoner, I highly recommend it.

As we walked back to our cars, Patrick asked if I thought I’d ever have any real money, and - as I had already confessed to being a bachelor - if I thought I’d ever get married. I answered optimistically to the first and shrugged off the latter. The valet pulled up in his silver BMW and Patrick offered that he and his wife had been married for forty years. “And do you know why it works? Because we don’t agree on a thing!”

3.  Satire by the Illiterate

This has nothing to do with mystery fiction, but if you love great writing, oh my, invest a few minutes.    After the Civil War ex-slave Jordon Anderson apparently received a letter from his old master inviting him to come back to the plantation and work for wages.  For those who still maintain that slavery was Not So Bad (such people do exist) his response is a cold dose of reality.  Anderson was illiterate; he dictated lis letter to an abolitionist friend.  Be sure to read the last sentence.

4.  Ghost writing

Courtesy of Sandra Seaman's invaluable blog My Little Corner, here is the web's premium dating service for dead people...  Ooh, spooky.


5.  The Rules

Pixar is one of the most successful animation studios in history.  Their rules for successful  storytelling are a lesson for us all.

5 comments:

Eve Fisher said...

I have already shared the Ghost Singles website on Facebook - and the letter is priceless! Thanks so much for sharing these!

Leigh Lundin said...

Good for Mr. Jordon Anderson.

In the early days when I had stock in Pixar, one of the writers commented that no plot made it to film unless the characterization worked. That's probably why we love them so much. Wish I still had that stock.

Eve, I think there are more than a few dead people in the dating community.

Zeke Hoskin said...

Wonder if George Carter had anything to do with the Robert Carter who freed all those slaves, who I learned about in a Rob Lopresti song.

Anonymous said...

i date dead people-- really, i think i have, mostly dead anyway.

Robert Lopresti said...

zeke, Robert Carter had a son named George, who was almost certainly not the one in the letter. This George was too old, Lived in VA not Tennessee, and sued to stop his father' freeing of the slaves. Could be another relative, of course.