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While this article, Politics: Election Day Bluies and Other Observations, is concerned with the election of 2012, it is about Americanism itself and our place in the world. I believe that anyone who is concerned with global issues will want to read this narrator. What if the reader agrees with it or not, he or she will be given some unexpected food for thought.
This is a series that spans 100 years of the romance of music and the reality of history in a mixture of Americana that takes the reader down memory lane into a mindscape of feelings and thoughts. This segment travels between 1912 and 1929 and I believe is a trip worth taking. You may recall times and tunes that you thought were lost forever. Enjoy!
The house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island, New York, grew into an icon representing malevolent poltergeist activity. The haunting of The Amityville Horror turned out to be a contrived fraud. What is generally overlooked, though, is the REAL horror that happened only 13 months before the house became infamous: the murder of an entire family by a troubled young man, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. The family he killed was his own.
Reg Christie was a true serial killer; it seems unlikely that he failed to murder (after his second victim in 1944) for the next five years before killing Beryl Evans. Consideration should be given for examining unsolved British murders of women fitting Christie's M.O. for those "missing years" of criminal activity when he was at liberty and free to kill anytime he wished.
The stunning Canadian actress Yvonne De Carlo, although perhaps best known as the iconic TV vampire Lily Munster in the 1960s, had a respected career as a leading lady in movies before then. She worked musical theater later in life. She was a favorite pin-up in the 1940s, she is a cult figure in the noir world, and her classic Hollywood glamour image has made her a pop culture icon.
The mannish 17th century queen of Sweden, Christina, was anomolous in her day. Preferring men's clothing, engaging in manly pursuits, and a scholar, she also abdicated to pursue an interest in Catholicism (illegal in Sweden then). Her androgynous appearance, attachments to at least one woman, and failed "love" interests in men have led many to believe she may have been a hermaphrodite.
While perhaps serial killers and their activities may be as old as humanity itself there is one case from the late 1800s from Austin, Texas, that points up the probability of nailing down America's first documented string of serial killings.