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Boston Bomber Plays
The Game Of Lawyers
United States Zero
by Samuel E. Warren Jr.
The Boston Bomber is the current example of a terrorist, who is “laughing” at the United States Government and the citizens.
He got arrested and is in jail getting “Three hots and a cot” until all the actors in the legal theater get their robes and memorize their lines.
The Administration made a major mistake in not classifying the scumbag an “Enemy Combatant.”
Instead of being treated as a ‘Terrorist”; he will be treated as a “Criminal.”
How many people have to die and how much property has to be destroyed before the United States Government and the other Nations Of The World realize terrorist are inhumane,sadistic scum, who deserve to be executed on the spot?
Global Legal Systems are designed to deal with criminals – not terrorists.
Terrorists are a special breed of cretin scum.
A bomb is an explosive device designed to mangle, maim, mutilate and murder. Terrorists use bombs because they know the Legal Systems Of The World are wimps.
The Democracies Of The World yank out their law books to “protect” the terrorists’ civil rights.
The Religious Nations Of The World yank out their holy books to “protect” the terrorists’ “martyrs”
Meanwhile, dead citizens are just dead citizens.
Governments don’t go after the terrorists for “violating citizens “civil rights to Life.”
Religions don’t rally their congregations to support Governments and try to track down terrorists’ for “violating citizens “civil rights to Life.”
Nations Of The World, Leaders Of The World and Citizens Of The World keep treating terrorists like “spoiled brats with chemistry sets.”
The Civilized Nations Of The World are “stupid” because a terrorist is a deadly organism like anthrax, small pox or e coli.
The Legal Systems Of The World do not deal with disease. Medical people deal with infectious diseases.
Terrorists are big bugs like cockroaches that need to be stepped on. Perhaps, complete extinction is an impossible task. However, if you don’t step on a cockroach now and then, eventually, they can overwhelm an area.
Terrorists’ Cockroaches are no different. When the world ignores the Terrorist Cockroaches they just continue to feed and breed in the shadows.
If the punishment ever becomes zero tolerance to the point that terrorists are caught and executed on the spot, then, the Message Of Swift, No Compromise Justice will set a precedent that the “Risk” is simply “too great” to be a terrorist.
Nations Of The World, Leaders Of The World and Citizens Of The World keep treating terrorists like “spoiled brats with chemistry sets.”
A shark is a “killing machine” that moves through the oceans killing, feeding and reproducing. Vipers are “killing machines” that slither through the land killing, feeding and reproducing.
Humanity at large has policies, procedures and solutions for the extermination and eradication of sharks and vipers that jeopardize, threaten or attack humans.
Humanity at large keeps trying to ignore terrorists like they are some kind of myth that really does not exist
Terrorists are “killing machines” that kill, feed and unfortunately at times reproduce.
Marine biologists might shed a tear over a dead shark. Herpetologists might shed a tear over a dead snake. Only a fool sheds a tear for a dead terrorist.
You are strolling through the woods. You notice in the distance a snake slithers toward you.
The fool will take out his cell phone and try to call a game warden, the conservation department, animal control, the SPCA, Interpol, the Department Of Homeland Security, the FBI, or some other agency to deal with the obvious, imminent threat.
The smart farmer picks up a big rock, grips his chopping ax, grips his scythe or raises his double-barreled shotgun, squeezes both triggers and blows the snake to bits.
And, a great dead snake story to share with friends and family for generations to come.
Terrorists are not people.
Terrorists are not humans.
Terrorists, whether in groups, or the lone scumbag, are vipers that should be dealt with effectively and efficiently.
A few questions.
A little paperwork.
And, a great dead terrorist story to share with friends and family for generations to come.
Sharks and snakes
kill to feed.
Terrorists kill because
Terrorists are deadly lifeforms, which should be executed on the spot with extreme prejudice like any threatening viper.
People Of The World need to “grow up” and see terrorists for the deadly, inhumane lifeforms that they are.
The Nations Of The World need to set aside their Modified Hammurabi Legal Systems For Criminals and develop a Zero Tolerance Terrorists’ Execution System.
A shark is always going to be a shark. A snake is always going to be a snake. A terrorist is always going to be a terrorist. Rehabilitation should not be even a consideration. Punishment should not even be a consideration.
The only consideration for a terrorist should be swift and immediate Execution.
A terrorist commits a violent act anywhere in the world, a global alert should go out. Citizens should be able to go to a local government agency and pay a small fee for a Terrorists’ Bounty Hunter License. Then, the citizens “go hunting.”
The citizen brings in the body, or what is left of it to the appropriate authority, and collect their bounty. The Old West Justice idea may sound extreme, but, when terrorists act as though they have “Nothing To Fear”; it is time to give them something “To Fear.”
Terrorists might be concerned about avoiding law enforcement; but, imagine if they have to believe a World Of Volunteer Bounty Hunters are gunning for them ?
Sharks and snakes kill to feed. Terrorists kill because “they can.”
Miranda Rights, in the United States, is to “protect” the accused suspect, “a possible criminal.”
Terrorists do not consider the civil rights of their intended victims because they have no regard for humanity.
Terrorists should never be considered a criminal because as brutal as a criminal maybe, usually, even the serial killers and mass murderers on “Death Row”, go on the record, to say they had a need to interact with the victims at some strange level of humanity.
Terrorists simply use explosive devices to vaporize their victims.
The World Trade Center bombings in the 1990s should have been a “Wake Up Call” for America. Americans and the rest of the world hit the “Snooze Button.”
The Oklahoma City Bombings really should of woke up Americans and Citizens Of The World to the indifference of the terrorists and their insane brutality.
The World Trade Center Towers Massacre should have been the “Last Straw” for Global Humanity to actively and aggressively seek out international and domestic terrorists.
Global law enforcement agencies should of pulled out all the stops. At this point, the distinction should have been made that Terrorists are “killing machines” and not criminals.
Since terrorists are not criminals or suspected criminals; the World’s Justice Systems should not have to afford them protection or a trial for possible imprisonment.
The World Trace Center Twin Tower Terrorist were so insane they did not even “want something in return” they simply “wanted to die and take as many people with them as possible.”
Still, The Nations Of The World, The Citizens Of The World and The Leaders Of The World simply allow terrorists to slither around and swim around with no visible consequences other than the possibility of the world’s wimpy legal systems.
Terrorists have Nothing To Fear
If a terrorist gets caught; what does he or she have to Fear. Nothing. He or she might get put in jail with “three hots and a cot” to await trail.
He or she might get sent to prison for years of “three hots and a cot” to live out their lives to a ripe old age and receive “medical care” along the way.
A humane legal system might even free the “poor, suffering terrorist” to return to his native homeland to die among family, friends and fellow terrorists. Someone get me a handkerchief, I’m getting all misty-eyed.
France allowed the scumbag Terrorists’ Mastermind Of The Lockerbie Scotland Aircraft Bombing to return home to live out his “Last Days” among his fellow terrorists’ scumbags.
Terrorists really have “Nothing To Fear” from The Nations Of The World and their wimp legal systems.
Boston Bomber Boo Hoo Time
The Boston Bomber can kick back in his cell and relax because he is in “The System” to play “The Game Of Lawyers.”
It is “Wha-Wha Time”, which means everyone on the planet get to pull out their hankies and get ready to learn about the “poor, ittle, bittle, little terrorist who had a hard life.”
Everyone has a hard Life – that is why we call it Life.
The Boston Bomber Terrorist Scumbag is no different than any other terrorists’ scumbag. He built a bomb to destroy massive amounts of people and property.
The Boston Bomber’s gender, age, religion, hardships in Life – None of it matters.
He is inhuman scum who choose to become a deadly lifeform of mass destruction.
Global justice for the Boston Bomber and all terrorists is simple immediate execution by the most painful means possible.
Squeeze the trigger in the direction of the terrorist and take your time or forget to make the 9-1-1 call and walk away to let the terrorist die slowly and painfully.
Of course, with a bullet in each arm and each leg, it is highly unlikely that the terrorist would be able to crawl away to safety or find medical help, trying to move on his or her belly out of an alley.
Hours later if the terrorist’s dead carcass is still in the alley, drop it in a dumpster and call the garbage trucks to dump the terrorists’ cadaver with the rest of the filth of humanity in the city landfill.
Unfortunately, the Boston Bomber is now in The Game Of Lawyers. Taxpayers will “waste” thousands of dollars to prove a scumbag is a scumbag.
The money “wasted” could be used to help with the medical expenses of victims.
The money to be “wasted” on the Boston Bomber and all terrorists should be as cheap as “the price of one bullet”.
Blow Away Bombers
A creative end for the Boston Bomber and future terrorists would be to take them to a weapons detonation range and place unexploded ordnance in front of them and detonate the device – poetic justice – to allow the terrorist to experience “vaporization.”
The Boston Bomber is in the US Legal System, which means some people have already pulled out their Holy Bibles and Christian hymnals open to “Onward Christian Soldier” and the Boston Bomber will get to relax.
As time passes “The Ole Turn The Other Cheek”, “Redemption,” “Salvation” silliness will settle in the minds of jurors and they will look into his youthful “ittle, wittle puppy dog eyes” and will give him “the benefit of the doubt.”
Even if the jury gives him “The Death Penalty”, then, the “legal horse trading” will start with appeals and stays of execution and the terrorist scumbag may outlive most of his victims.
The World’s Global Legal Systems need to quit identifying terrorists as criminals.
The World’s Global Legal Systems need to identify terrorists as deadly lifeforms of mass destruction – a shark, viper or rabid dog gets “put down”; therefore, terrorists should get “put down.”
The World’s Global Law Enforcement Officers are trained in the apprehension of criminal suspects.
The World’s Global Law Enforcement Officers should be trained that a terrorist is simply a “rabid dog to be put down.”
If a law enforcement official in Boston had looked through the scope or over the site of his or her weapon and squeezed the trigger; there would be one less rabid dog in the world.
Taxpayers could “spend” money to help victims and “heal” the city’s infrastructure.
What is it going to take for Citizens Of The World to press their Governments for a Zero Policy Of Tolerance For Terrorists and a Policy Of On The Spot Execution For Terrorists ?
What are the Citizens Of The World waiting for to round up terrorists ?
Are Global Citizens waiting for a terrorist to detonate a bomb at China’s Imperial Palace ?
Are Global Citizens waiting for a terrorist to detonate “a dirty bomb” at Buckingham Palace ?
Are Global Citizens waiting for a terrorist to detonate a homemade “fertilizer bomb” at the US Capitol Building ?
Perhaps, Global Citizens are waiting for a terrorist to detonate a dirty , homemade nuclear device in the Dome Of The Rock ?
The Boston Bomber is the terrorist in the headlines.
International and domestic terrorists will continue to capture headlines as long as Nations Of The World shrug them off like “spoiled brats with chemistry sets.”
Terrorists will continue to see the World At Large as A Shooting Gallery Of Sheep To Slaughter For Fun because The Nations Of The World use wimp legal systems to deal with insane creatures of mass destruction.
The World Loses.
“No house, hut or outhouse on planet earth should ever be safe for a terrorist to hide out in.”
Epilogue To The Nations Of The World
If the Nations Of The World continue to shrug off terrorists like spoiled brats with chemistry sets, then, the terrorist really have “Nothing To Fear” from the world’s wimp legal systems.
No house, hut or outhouse on planet earth should ever be safe for a terrorist to hide out in. Everyone on the planet, needs to realize a terrorist is a “killing machine” that destroys people and property for their own sadistic view of fun.
Continue to treat terrorists humanely and all The Nations Of The World will have to begin setting aside major portions of their domestic budgets for the quarterly purchase of Body Bags.
Readers are welcome to write back
Ready, Aim, Flash !
My Nikon F3 with motor wind, flash bracket and the Nikon flash gun is the basic photography setup that U.S. Air Force photographers assigned to base photo labs and as “Combat Camera” photographers carried to “shoot” photo assignments in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the photographers actually used a Sunpak flash gun. I used a Canon AE-1 Program camera to shoot the majority of my military photography for base newspaper articles.
Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.
by Samuel E. Warren Jr.
I love to write.
I know there are those Spam robots out in cyberspace that lock on and generate all kinds of junk.
Human Readers Welcome
Humans, real readers are always welcome to send me comments and I do reply.
My blog platform is Word Press. My theme is the FREE Word Press Journalist theme.
I let Word Press catch the majority of the spam and then check the folder to make sure, real comments aren’t being vaporized into oblivion.
If I have answered a particular question numerous times, then, I don’t respond because the answer or one exceedingly similar is already in the reader’s comment section of my blog.
I like to get feedback from readers. I like to know I inspired a reader or gave them an idea that they can use in their life.
Alien Readers Welcome
However, every few days I sit down and read my blog comments from readers.
I glance at the comments and the first ones that get deleted are the ones that look like a warehouse full of adding machines exploded because there are strings of numbers thrown into the message.
If an extraterrestrial intelligence is trying to communicate with me: “Dear Alien Life Form of Unknown Origin. My name is Sam. I ain’t a mathematician. Disengage your communications keypad and use the alphabetic one. Thank you.”
To all my friends at the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, i.e., SETI, if the Andorians, Klingons, Romulans, Vulcans or little green men email me, then, I’ll forward a copy of the email to you guys and NASA.
Relax, Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network, I’ll forward a copy of the same email to you and The Center For UFO Studies In Rockville, Maryland.
Back in the world of human readers, I do glance over every email comment that I get on my blog. Some are obvious “Locked On And Trying To Use Your Blog To Be A Spam Spreader,” which means when it is obviously a ploy to use the blog, then, I delete the spam.
Advertisers Buy An Ad
I watch for the advertisers that try to promote everything from ambulance chasing legal services to spiffy new SEO software to up your statistics to search engines. Those emails get vaporized by the delete key.
I’m An English Bad Boy
Bad boy that I am; I break English rules. I write English to communicate.
I do not write English to teach it.
As a child, English teachers engineered “All The Rules Into My DNA”
The English teachers hardwired the information by requiring me to “Diagram Sentences.”
Then, as a reporter, I had to memorize the “Strunk and White” gospel on grammar and nit-noy English to the extreme.
Uncle Sam demanded that I “memorize”, live and breathe, “The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.”
I see correct and proper English in my sleep.
English To Communicate
I am not on Her Majesty’s official staff and I am not writing a book for publication, so I write to communicate.
I write for fun.
Two – Ton Type
One of the major rules of English that I break often is the “Old All The Same Thoughts In One Paragraph Rule.” Back in the days of Shakespeare that silly rule might of made sense.
Then again, Will Shakespeare didn’t have a cell phone.
Poor Shakespeare, he never got a facebook account or got to type: LOL.
Legions of lawyers, doctors, academics and others who love those bureaucratic English paragraphs with their 40 sentences and the jargon bloated sentences don’t realize that all the professional vernacular words are weighing down their eyes.
The two tons of type that scholarly documents and legal paperwork rely on to make a point are a format technique that scares off readers. When your eyes scans a page and there are thick blocks of type, your eyes want to jump somewhere else.
Two tons of small artistic squiggles on a page tells your brain this is going to take some digging to get through all this type and make sense of it.
English Always Fashionable
I use the journalism layout technique.
Reporters know the eyes dance over words.
Important words get uniforms and ball gowns, which translates to big point size type and fancy fonts.
Too many sentences in one paragraph is a badly tailored suit. It doesn’t appeal to the eye and suit the mind.
English has to be “fashion conscious” to be read and understood. Words have to tempt the eye to get the reader.
English In A Bikini
I try to put my English in a bikini.
I go for short sentences. If the idea is too long and too many sentences start to fill out the paragraph, then, it is breast augmentation time for the paragraph.
English In A Bustier
If the paragraph starts to look to busty to my eye, then, I step into the literary closet of my mind and look at the wardrobe. I space between the sentences. If the paragraph still seems busty, then, I will add line art or a photo.
If I can’t find the appropriate art or photo I step back into the literary closet. I look at the sentences and chose a nice bustier.
After all, the right subhead pushes the copy up and out at the reader.
The point of any article is to get the words in your face and before your eyes so they will be noticed.
I like commas. They are cute and cuddly in their own way. English teachers do not like comma splices.
The cuddly comma outlines a series of words and sets off phrases for the eyes.
I worked in a radio station and sometimes we had to splice tape to splice out “Ah,” “Umm,” “Dah,” “Ur,” “Er”, and other unintelligent sounds. I like commas. I like splices.
Samuel E. Warren Junior English
The English speaking countries of the world have their own take on how to use, communicate, spell and arrange English to make sense in their countries and cultures.
Americans spell theater with the er. British spell theatre with the re.
Americans spell Manila one way. Filipinos spell there capitol city, Maynila.
English is a global language because it is flexible and adapts. English never lets silly rules drown out the language’s natural communications ability.
English’s flexibility is the reason why English thrives.
English as a language adapts.
Even a writer can tweak the Commandments Of English and “Yea, though, thou, might offend scores of English professors; who cares ?
If the message gets through to readers and your communication is understood, then, English as a language did what it is designed to do – it communicated !
In the 1970s, IMHO scribbled on paper would not mean anything to anyone.
Thus, like the BFF teenagers with their text messaging cell phones, I tweak English to suit my communication needs.
Warren Wonder Words
I like words.
Some words like War, Death, Land, Life, Love, and some others are not suppose to be capitalized because they are not “Nouns”, which, a noun is “a proper name of a person, place or thing.”
I capitalize War because War kills people, destroys property and lays Land to waste for decades to centuries.
I capitalize Death because it comes to us all.
I capitalize Land because the bloodiest Wars in history are always fought over Land, whether the War is a domestic Civil War or a foreign War, the bloodshed and Death toll demand that Land not be trivialized as lower case.
I capitalize Life because we all live it.
I capitalize Love because it is a significant human emotion.
From time to time, I will capitalize those English words known as articles and prepositions like The and Of. In a phrase, I want the words to stand out. When I put the word The with a word like car, I want the reader to know I am writing about The Car and not simply a car someone on the planet.
These two cabins are in Galena, Missouri on the banks of the James River in the Missouri Ozarks. Galena, Missouri in The Ozarks is the sight of The Last Official Public Hanging In The United States Of America and The Show Me State Of Missouri. Famous United States 7th District Congressman Dewey Short is a native son of Galena, Missouri. Galena gained notoriety in the 1930s as The Hometown of George Leonard “Shock” Short one of the most successful bank robbers of The Depression Era because his O’Malley Gang robbed banks throughout the Midwest and is one of the only gangs to successfully pull off two bank robberies at the same time.
Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.
I grew up in the Ozarks. Thus, if I am in my country boy mode: “Reckon I is gona’ go and write them thar little ole’ words any way I darn well please. If’n ya don’t like it. Well, yous don’t have ta’ read my article. I hain’t gona loose none of my shut eye time over it.”
I grew up in The Ozarks, so if I want to use, talk or write “Ozarks’ English”, I reckon I have a better right than the people who never set foot in The Ozarks.
Spelling, I believe is important. However, I will misspell an English word to make a point.
Magick – I always spell the word magick with a k.
Aleister Crowley’s spelling idea works. With the k on the end of the word, then, the reader knows that you are writing about supernatural, paranormal, or universal unseen forces in Life, which I call, “magick.”
When I write the word, “magic” it means I am writing about entertainment or stage magic.
I usually am a good boy when it comes to spelling. I might do the old Photo or Foto word switch every now and then,but usually I do not “purposely” misspell a word.
I, God and Satan are “old drinking buddies.”
From time to time, I write about my immortal friends.
I will capitalize He when I write about Satan. After 21 Centuries, He has earned a captial H and daily headlines, show He isn’t retiring anytime soon.
God understands that I am one of those people that believes every object in Life has to have at least two parts. Everything in Life, at some level, is at least, one half of a whole.
Genetics reveals, all little boys genetically are first little girls. If the genetic material moves in a certain direction then the little girl is born a little boy – so, much for “The Macho World Concept.”
God grins when I capitalize the S and put it in front of he to create She. I sometimes write about Him, The Creator Of The Universe, in a Her sense.
Incidentally, when you are a Supreme Being; you don’t have “gender” and “orientation” issues. God asked me to pass that along the next time I did some religious English writing.
Now, that I have told readers to feel free to email me there comments, your writng is up to you.
English Professors Chill Out
I have outlined my use of English, so that the English Professors Of The World can relax with a glass of sherry or port and curl up with their favorite leather bound Shakespeare play or Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland” tale.
English Professors relax and chill out. English is a language that changes. The beauty is English can change and still communicate ideas that are understood.
I have outlined my approach to spelling English words, which means I know how to use my “Spell Checker” software and usually I do.
However, alas, I am still a mere mortal, so I make mistakes. Sometimes a word sneaks by me.
Oops, I’m human.
I have outlined my religious and spiritual approach to English, so “The Holy People In The World” can go ahead and bad mouth me.
I am Sam The Writer. I am Sam The Photographer.
If you want to send me comments about the articles and photos in my blog, I am sure I will enjoy reading them. I do reply. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate the readers, who take time to comment.
Word Warrior Warren
“Black Market Movies”
Arghh ! “Pirated DVDs”
This is a selection of “Pirated DVDs” and “Black Market Movies” bought in Manila, Tanauan and Tacloban City, in the Republic of the Philippines. You hear about “Black Market Movies” in Asia, They seem to be as common as “rice in the Pacific” because they can be bought in public. The true challenge isn’t finding a “Black Market Movie”; the challenge is to find a “Legitimate Movie.” Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.
by Samuel E. Warren Jr.
The cliché about, “Once a reporter, always a reporter” is true in my case. I have always been curious. As a child, I would annoy my classmates because whenever I had a question, I would raise my hand and expect an answer from the teacher.
I knew from childhood I would be a reporter because I was simply “too curious” to be anything else in life. I grew up on the old black and white movies where an actor like Cary Grant would portray the crusading reporter, who would get the “Truth” and the presses would roll.
Naturally, reading about Clark Kent and the Daily Planet in the Superman comic books only added to my conviction and passion to satisfy my curiosity.
The honor of serving in the military enhanced my role as a reporter. I didn’t have the “Big Red S” on my chest, but, I had my own “blue suit” to serve “Truth, Justice, and the American way.”
As a senior citizen, I am still curious.
When I get interested in an idea, I begin researching it for my blog, which is, essentially, my “Daily Planet.”
When Christy and I moved to the Philippines, we had to wait for our “household goods” to sail from the United States. We both love movies. While we waited, I looked around to see where I could buy some movies. I began to hear about, “Black Market Movies,” “Pirated DVDs,” and “Illegal Movies.”
I never imagined finding a “legitimate movie” would be an epic quest, but, it became one.
In the Republic of the Philippines, the “Black Market Movies” are everywhere and sold out in the open in public.
The real challenge is to find a “legitimate movie or TV episode” that you can rent or buy and not end up with a “Pirated DVD.”
Fortunately, our “legitimate” movies arrived. But, when a new release hits the theaters; “Where do you go to buy the legitimate movie ?”
I still have no answer to this question. I do have a passion to try and find an answer. I have begun my research. Time to “beat feet to the street” and try to find an answer.
Is there an answer to the proliferation of Black Market Movies in Asia or is it simply a cultural business difference with the West ?
Now, that Christmas seems to be front and center, I imagine my research will have to go on the back burner for a few days.
I would appreciate my regular readers keeping this issue in the back of their minds,then, come the new year, maybe, we can have an answer to the issue or at least know that there might be some issues in life that society, in general,simply shrugs off.
Black Market Movies
“Sucker Punch” The Buyer
You put down your hard earned dollars, pesos, baht or yen on the counter and think you are getting a discount or catching the movie “On Sale.” You get home and pop the DVD into the player and realize, “You’ve Been Had, Dad.” Instead of getting a professional movie, you get a video that usually looks like it was shot by a blind man and recorded by a deaf woman. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.
by Junior Warren
Stone County, Missouri’s Major Claim to Global Historical Fame is as “The Site Of The Last Official Public Hanging In The United States,” which is also the “Last Hanging In the State of Missouri.”
Roscoe “Red” Jackson, 36, on May 21, 1938, walked up the steps of the gallows on the Stone County Courthouse lawn. He had robbed and killed a salesman who had given him a ride.
The crime had happened in a neighboring county, but, the Missouri Law of the day stated that a “Death Sentence” had to be carried out in the county that passed the sentence. Thus, the duty to execute Jackson fell to Stone County officials.
There was a board fence built around the scaffold and tickets were issued to witnesses. Still, the actual event was relatively easy for the public to witness. The 1920 Stone County Courthouse, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a structure that would allow people on the second floor to view the hanging with ease.
The actual specifics of the story written for the “History of
Stone County Missouri,” Volume I, was authored by Ammabelle Burk, my second grade school teacher at Abesville.
The actual layout of the courthouse square from the 1930s to the late 1970s would of propably made it relatively easy for anyone who was interested to find a place to view the execution.
I met Herschel Johnson, a quiet, soft spoken easy going man, who liked to smoke his pipe and wore stripped railroad overalls. An outstanding carpenter, in my childhood, I was told that Herschel Johnson is the man that built the gallows for the Red Jackson hanging.
More Hangings ?
There were other hangings in the United States, after Red Jackson, but, research indicates that these executions were usually carried out in state “Death Houses” away from the easy or accidental view of the public.
Stone County, Missouri’s unique claim to fame isn’t the sort of publicity that has Mom and Dad loading the kids into the RV for a summer vacation to Galena, Missouri.
But, the “hanging” event does raise not only “Death Penalty” and “Capital Punishment” issues, but it also brings the focus of attention on The Great Depression and America’s never ending war to understand economic issues.
While there may have been people in the “Depression” who were simply “crooked,” ;it does seem as though some Americans were pushed to the limit and turned to “crime” to make ends meet on a day to day basis.
Shock Short Search Continues
For the last couple of weeks, I have been trying to research events in the life of Leonard “Shock “ Short. I know other kids heard stories about Shock Short growing up.
I would love to get emails from these people spelling out what they were told as kids. I was told time and again Shock Short was “Stone County’s Robin Hood,” who really did use some of his loot to help neighbors in the Depression.
Family Members’ Recollections
I would hope the grandkids, great-grandkids, grand neices and grand nephews would also send me some emails with information about their famous relatives: Dewey Gilmore, Davey Gilmore, Virgil “Red” Melton, Fred Reese, Irish O’Malley, Jackson “Jack” Miller, Russell Cooper, Daniel T. “Dapper Dan” Heady, “Pretty Betty” Heady, and, of course, Leonard “Shock” Short.
I would also like to hear from the grandkids, great-grandkids, grand neices and grand nephews of the Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, and Oklahoma lawmen who pursued “Shock” Short and his gang.
Are there any family members of FBI agents, who pursued the gang ?
Obvious Subjective Approach
I grew up in Stone County, so I’m inclined to give “Shock” Short the benefit of the doubt, especially based on the times that he grew up in. Plus, as a kid, he was portrayed to me as a “Robin Hood” larger than life. Also as a child, I often saw Shock’s sister Bess Short Allman, almost everytime my mother and I went to Galena. I met Congressman Dewey Short, when I was a young boy in Galena. Since I met and respected members of the Short family, I will, no doubt, be subjective in an article about Shock.
I went to military journalism school and wrote numerous articles for Uncle Sam, where the instructors and editors always drove home “a journalist must be objective.” True. But, journalist and reporters are humans and humans have emotions, which usually influence the overall “objectivity” on the issues. Unfortunately, in the Real World, even reporters, are not Mr. Spock.
The Forgotten Gangster
Jake Fleagle isn’t one of those names that leap to the forefront, when people talk about Prohibition and Depression Era Gangsters. While I don’t know of any books that have been written or movies made of his crime spree; you can find information about him.
The Forgotten Gangster Of The Depression Era seems to be Shock Short and his gang. The information is out there and Ive found some. But, even now, there are more questions than answers. Where did these men get together as a group to begin robbing banks ? Who were there contacts along the way, who helped them out in the various cities ? Who were their girlfriends ? Besides, “Pretty Betty,” did any of the rest of the men have wives ? Did they have a favorite hangout to hide from the law ? These and other questions, really keep me from getting a good night’s sleep.
It’s not fun waking up in the middle of the night and asking, “If these guys were on the lam, did they ever hookup with Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker to take down a bank ?” Stone County history does record the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow having a shootout, near Reed Springs, Missouri.
Finding the information on America’s Forgotten Gangster might help to add new information to the well known gangster stories of Dillinger, Karpis, the Barker Gang and perhaps others.
Reason For Writing
What is in the Shock Short Story for Junior Warren ?
A Good Story.
I’m not trying to write a book.
I don’t have a book deal of any kind.
I don’t want to write a book – I’m too “long winded” when it comes to writing.
My Grandma DeLong told me the Shock Short Stories, when I was a kid. I would just like to write the story and post it to my blog. Maybe, then, I can finally get a good night’s sleep.
The kids of Stone County, Missouri had their own local John Dillinger, so they should have an opportunity to know the history of the man and the difficult times that he lived in. And, the Stone County Historical Society can fill in the blanks about the local boy who made history by robbing banks in the 1930s.
I ‘ll leave the intense research of the Shock Short story to other writers, authors, Missouri and American historians to dig deeper for the true trivia of history (- like did Shock have a newspaper route as a boy ?)
I leave it to the Hollywood screenwriters to look for the details to try and get Michael Mann, Dick Wolf, or Jerry Bruckheimer interested in bringing the story to the movies. The Hollywood screenwriters can try and convince Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Bruce Willis or Don Johnson that here might be another unique gangster story that could use their talents to bring the story to the silver screen.
If family members want to send me their Shock Short stories, then, please email me your stories and recollections to : SamuelWarren55@gmail.com
AMERICA’S IGNORED GANGSTER
by Junior Warren
John Herbert “Jack Rabbit” Dillinger and “The Terror Gang” blazed their way on to the nation’s front pages blasting away with Tommy guns, sawed-off shotguns and an arsenal of pistols. Wearing bullet proof vests on occasion, they squeezed the triggers of the Chicago Typewriters to spew hot lead, and make a mad dash into an awaiting V-8 sedan. When the thick curtain of gunpowder smoke vanished, stunned wounded, confused local sheriffs, deputies and police officers were left with the echoes of squealing tires in the distance and spent shells cooling on the pavement.
Rowdy Reporters, Ecstatic Editors,
Excited crime reporters “beat feet” back to their offices. Tipping back the press card fedora, the cigarette smokes in the ash tray, the reporter’s fingers dance on the keys of the Olivetti as characters explode on to the wiggling sheets of bond paper and the story blasts to life.
A quick glance up at the newsroom clock, the reporter pounds out the story to beat the deadline for the next Dillinger story. Across the nation, copy boys rush the editor approved copy down to the press rooms. The waxed sticks of copy go on to the galley sheets with the black and white photographs. The metallic groan of the giant presses waking up blends into the rapid fire melody of the broadsheets shooting across the thundering presses and down on to the conveyor belts.
Ah, the smell of newsprint in the morning and ink in the evenings. Tilt the hat and head for home; it’s all up to the guys in the press room now to get the hot copy on the streets.
Hot off the presses ! Bundled copies of the morning and evening editions of the nation’s newspapers slam on to the pavement. In moments, newsstands have the hottest editions and newsboys are hawking the bank bashing bravado of the debonair, dashing, daring Dillinger desperadoes. The Terror Gang’s 13-month crime spree is a shotgun blast across the Midwest.
“Doin’ da’ Dillinger Dance !”
President Roosevelt makes his daily call to J. Edgar Hoover at
the United States Bureau Of Investigation to find out why Hoover hasn’t got Dillinger yet. Hoover, then, picks up the phone and calls the Chicago Office’s Special Agent In Charge Melvin Purvis, head of the “Dillinger Squad,” and asks Purvis, why he hasn’t gotten Dillinger yet ?
Dillinger becomes “The American Godfather of The Great Depression Gangster,” enthroned by anxious editors and excited reporters of the nation’s newspapers. The American Public of The Great Depression were not fond of banks. The G-Men, had a reputation as “College Boys,” who couldn’t shoot straight.
Gangsters worried about the Federal Bureau of Narcotics agents, but the BOI agents were not originally considered a serious threat. The U.S. Department of Justice’s BOI had a reputation of being corrupt.
The young J. Edgar Hoover worked within the Justice Department’s BOI to try and reform, reorganize and promote his struggling band of government lawmen.
Dillinger and the other gangsters were a persistent thorn in the side of the BOI. J. Edgar Hoover’s
agents had law degrees, but most had never fired a gun, while Dillinger and the other bank robbers of the era were knocking over banks like a kid’s dominoes.
The brouhaha of federal legislation favored the gangsters: (1) Bank Robbery was not a federal crime
(2) As early as 1917, apparently the BOI agents had been issued a service revolver, but Congress had stressed, the firearm was for “defensive purposes.
(3) The BOI agents weren’t originally authorized the “arrest power,” which meant U.S. Marshalls, local sheriffs, deputies, town marshals, and city policemen had to be on hand to “arrest” a gangster.
Dillinger, an Indiana farm boy, quickly became the hero of poor and out of work Americans who could identify with the humble beginnings of the Depression Era Robin Hood on his Horatio Alger Jr.’s“Rags To Riches” rise to celebrity notoriety before their eyes.
Dillinger’s legendary charismatic nature and willingness to talk to the reporters made him the flamboyant “Teflon Don” of his era. Dillinger and The Terror Gang were on a roll.
Alvin “Old Creepy” Karpis and the Barker Gang got their fair share of ink on the nation’s broadsheets of the day. Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, Machine Gun Kelly, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson and The Purple Gang were among the gangsters grabbing headlines. They earned several column inches of newspaper copy almost daily to detail bank robberies, shoot outs, jail breaks and daring get aways.
Shock Short’s Shadow
Meanwhile, Shock Short, a Stone County, Missouri man and his gang were also successfully credited with robbing banks in the Midwest, but they always seemed to be, in the shadows,at the edge of the limelight.
I heard about the adventures of Shock Short, growing up a boy in Stone County, Missouri. The information was always sketchy at best.
First, when I heard the stories it was the 1960s and Shock had been robbing banks in the 1930s. Second, Shock is the brother of the late U.S. 7th Congressional District Congressman Dewey Short, of Galena. Third, Shock’s family – the Shorts of Galena – held a local respected reputation, which ranked the family at a position equivalent to that of the Political Dynasty of the John D. Rockefeller Family, which meant while everyone talked about Dewey and his successes in the nation’s capitol; “Shock Short Stories” were quietly told by parents, grandparents and Stone County Old Timers.
Grandma Martha DeLong’s Shock Short Stories always stayed locked away in the bank vault of my mind along with the legendary tales of his hidden loot. Recently, working on some Stone County stories, I recalled the fingerprint of Shock Short Grandma DeLong had left in my mind. I decided to see if I could find some evidence to flesh out grandma’s stories. I was surprised when my search of the FBI website didn’t list Shock Short or any member of his gang in the FBI history of gangsters of the 1930s.
I’ve kept digging through the dark corners of history trying to find dusty files hidden in the warehouses and morgues of cyberspace. A clue here and a lead there has gotten me searching the rundown flop houses, skid rows and strolling the back alleys of the Internet. I adjust my fedora, turn up my trench coat collar and work the street beat trying to find information to knock out a story on : “Shock Short America’s Ignored Gangster.”
I’ve gotten some notes and scraps of data, but, I’d like to get some more in depth information. Somewhere standing in an unlit doorway of the Internet is a grandfather, grandmother or grandchild with a Shock Short Story to tell. I’m ready to listen and pass it on, please, email me at SamuelWarren55@gmail.com.
To date, I’ve poked around the Internet and it looks like Shock’s gang at one time or another involved: Daniel T. “Dapper Dan” Heady, Dewey Gilmore, Davey Gilmore, Russell Cooper, Virgil “Red” Melton, Fred Reese, Jackson “Jack” Miller, and Walter Holland who used the alias names of “Leo O’Malley,” and“Irish O’Malley.”
The Dillinger Gang had several wives and girlfriends, who live on at The Official Website of Don’t Call Us Molls:Women Of The John Dillinger Gang http://dillingerswomen.com/index.html To date: “Pretty Betty,” the wife of Daniel Heady, is the only woman that I have found associated with Shock Short’s Gang.
The irony is while Shock Short’s tales has spawned numerous stories, myths, and urban legends about hidden loot in Stone County, Missouri; the man is still “hiding out” and remains an overlooked mystery in the American’ Archives Of Gangster History.
FBI -Federal Bureau of Investigation http://www.fbi.gov/
Home – Dusty Roads Of An FBI Era http://historicalgmen.squarespace.com/
Midwest Gangsters of the Depression Era – Mister 86′s Report http://mister86.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/midwest-gangsters-of-the-depression-era/
Hollywood goodfella http://af11.wordpress.com/
Crime Magazine http://www.crimemagazine.com/history-kansas-city-family
Prohibition and Depression Era Gangsters and Outlaws http://www.legendsofamerica.com/20th-gangsters.html
Tru TV Crime Library http://www.crimemagazine.com/history-kansas-city-family
Between the Wars (1920s & 1930s) http://www.chenowith.k12.or.us/tech/subject/social/depression.html
Wikipedia John Dillinger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dillinger
Official Website of John Dillinger – Public Enemies http://johndillinger.com/
Stone County Missouri US Gen Web http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mostone/stone.htm
by Junior Warren
When I was a little boy my grandmother told me stories about The Great Depression. One story I never forgot is about Stone County’s “Robin Hood.”
Prohibition put Chicago’s Al Capone and Detoit’s Purple Gang on Page One of the nation’s newpapers.
The desperation of The Great Depression created a hunger for the news of how FDR and the U.S. Government was going to put food on the table and money back in the pockets of all Americans. According to Grandma DeLong, people in The Great Depression would crowd around a radio and search through newspapers for information and signs of hope.
John H. Dillinger Jr., George “Machine Gun Kelly” Barnes, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Lester Joseph “Baby Face Nelson” Gillis, Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, Alvin “Old Creepy” Karpis, Jake Fleagel and the Barker gang were the Americans, who had an aggressive way to rebuild the economy: bank robbery.
Tommy guns, sawed-off shotguns and pistols sprayed bullets in banks and at mail trucks. From the kidnapping of prominent Americans to train robberies,these American gangsters blazed their way on to the nation’s front pages.
J.Edgar Hoover’s outgunned G-Men, postal inspectors and Federal Bureau of Narcotics agents always seemed to be “a day late and a dollar short,” while the national economic war raged like a Missouri brush fire.
In the midst of national economic chaos and spreading poverty, a Stone County, Missouri man also joined the guerilla squads of bank robbers. At home, he was hailed a “Robin Hood” for his willingness to help his neighbors.
Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde grabbed the page one headlines, but his successful gang was also out robbing banks in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois and Oklahoma.
Stone County Old Timers and the grand kids of the Stone County Old Timers, if you have any information or stories about Shock Short please email me: SamuelWarren55@gmail.com I’m researching his Life and Times of Shock Short.
The FBI website has a plethora of information on Capone, Dillinger and the famous gangsters of the 1930s, but my search of their site didn’t turn up anything on Shock Short.
Hard to believe, J. Edgar Hoover would let a bank robbing Missouri boy get past his G-Men. Stone County isn’t that far from Chicago.
Still, other Outlaw, Gangster, Crime and Law Enforcement sites have also let Shock Short and his gang slip out of town and by pass their websites.
Nonetheless, I’m on Shock’s trail. In Stone County, Shock Short was ever bit as famous as Frank and Jesse James.
In southwest Missouri in the 1960s, Taney County had their stories of the legendary vigilantes – the Baldknobbers, meanwhile, next door in Stone County, we had our Shock Short stories.
I can’t “deputize” anyone to ride the Internet with me to try and pick up the trail of Shock Short and his gang, but, if you do stumble on to some information; I’d appreciate a shout at my email.
I have some information, but I would like to hear from people who might have stories from their grandparents about this famous Stone County outlaw to try to round out the overall picture.
Time to roll up the bedroll and douse the old campfire, I’m back out on the research trail. Thanks for your help.