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  • John 10:38 am on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alain robert, renaldo clarke   

    Two Guys Climb NY Times Building On Same Day 

    You may be familiar with the French building climber (or builderer) known as Alain Robert – He’s climbed dozens of the world’s tallest buildings. In 2008, he set out to climb the ugly New York Times Building in Manhattan. It was not a difficult feat, at least for Alain, as the building facade resembles a big, wide ladder with rungs – One can just climb up the same way. On a hazy day back in 2008, Robert made this a political climb – he had a large banner which read:  “Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week.”

    52 stories and nearly 800 feet tall

    52 stories and nearly 800 feet tall

    Renaldo Clarke was a 32 year-old man from Brooklyn and an amateur climber. To his credit, he had scaled some large bridges and other structures around the city, but usually under the cover of night, as cops will arrest someone for doing that. One time, Robert was actually plucked from the base of a building in Houston by an alert police officer. Word had spread that Robert was in town and cops were on the lookout for the tiny Frenchman. The city of Houston threw the book at him, the judge warning him to never come back.

    As Renaldo went about his workday at his office, he heard about the climb being made by Robert. Clarke knew the NY Times Building to be an easy climb, and he had it in his sights before this. So he left work early, went to a nearby sporting goods store to grab a pair of last minute climbing shoes, and without a rosin bag or any other supplies – made his way over to the site, where he was quickly on his way.

    From the NY Times:

    “He was staring at me on the fourth floor,” said Kim Severson, a reporter for The Times’s Dining section, who saw Mr. Clarke pass by. “At first, I thought, ‘Is he a window washer?’ But he had no equipment. He turned and climbed up at a very rapid pace. He looked very focused. He looked very solemn and determined.”

    Both men succeeded in their respective climbs and both were arrested. But as Robert is often not heavily charged due to his celebrity and infamy, the courts threw the book at Clarke, who they deemed was in need of psychiatric tests. Clarke had once climbed the Hearst Tower. He was in court all of the time after this NY Times Building stunt, and it ended up being more trouble than the reward. And like Robert, Clarke had a message to relay to the world as well: Malaria No More, as he had earlier in the day hastily stamped the letters on his white t-shirt. In an interview with the climbing web site,, Clarke stated that he admired Robert but that his political message about global warming was a trendy one, while malaria is a real problem in poorer countries. He was right on, IMO. When Robert found out about Clarke’s climb on the way to jail in the cop car, he was upset:  Clarke had stolen his thunder.

    Now, let’s check out some pics:



    and…the NY Times


  • John 11:52 am on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    NYC Town Boss Explains Sunday Drinking Loophole 

    This is pretty funny… New Jersey gets such a hard time, but the southern part is really beautiful. From the book “Island of Vice” by Richard Zacks. This was during Teddy Roosevelt’s era as police commissioner in the 1890’s. Watch out for “rainbow syrup”!


  • John 11:38 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: suicides publicized   

    When Suicides Were Made Public In The Newspaper 

    Suicides are now generally only broadcast or published when it is a famous person or if innocent people have also been killed. But in the old days, it was ridiculous the amount of detail the reporter would include in the story. For instance, the suicide below from an old issue of the 1909 Brooklyn newspaper, Daily Eagle. The family is devastated but if that wasn’t enough, the paper also had to air all of their hardships and dirty laundry. I guess the news has always sucked and still does.



  • John 11:22 am on January 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Cashing In – It Still Occurs 

    These days, real life cops become storytellers by writing books and making TV appearances. In the old days, one had to appear in a Vaudeville show to either tell the story or act out what happened when they made a collar and busted some criminals. This stage work was quicker to organize than writing a book and also more entertaining than reading a book. The windfalls were and are often incredible, but nowadays the fortunate few sometimes get book deals or have to find an agent. Robert Blake contends that is why he was arrested for murder with little or no physical evidence (i.e., the cops and prosecutors wanted to make a name for themselves and get rich – as in the OJ case). Blake’s memoir is one of the best bios I have ever read. I always liked Blake when I was growing up, so the OJ factor is in play here — sort of like the people who admired him or thought he was innocent. Speaking of windfalls, Scott Thorson burned through his Candelabra book money in the late 80s in a few months. Over twenty years later, the six-figures he received for the movie was blown in roughly the same amount of time. Rumor has it that Scott is working on a new book in prison.

    Cashing In… from the book Psycho USA by Harold Schecter:


    • jimmy chicago 1:11 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      John in your research of wonderland did you ever feel you were getting your leg pulled by any of the people who were in the “know” about wonderland . I mean like cops or investigators just trying to keep their names relevant because they were involved some how maybe taking liberties with stories or characters cashing in that way. I think one of the best things on this blog was when you interviewed Billy’s son and he did not make Ronnie sound like a super bad ass just a little trouble maker that billy could crush.I think he was really credible, are or have you interviewed Susan or Ronnie’s brothers.

      • John 1:28 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        No, I have not encountered anyone either trying to seem more relevant than they were, or cash in, besides Scott Thorson. I believe Scott wanted a check for being interviewed by Rodger Jacobs once, not sure if he paid him. I’ll have to dig up those notes. Ron’s childhood friend wasn’t super eager to speak to me, then later he said he would but not to use his real name so I didn’t. Holmes attorney is going to write a book, and he was brief in our interview but once I got him talking, he opened up more and we talked longer than I expected. I have not interviewed Susan or Ron’s brothers yet, but they are the last few. I may have better luck with Ron’s youngest brother. What should I do there, contact them myself or have an intermediary do it? I need advice. I scared a few of the gang’s kids off by contacting them myself. Actually, the truth is… they were the estranged kids of Dave and Tracy, who were deserted as kids so they didn’t want to talk about their dads at all, of course. Besides, they said they didn’t know much and one didn’t even know what her dad looked like (Lind).

      • John 1:40 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        More luck and second chances have landed in Scott’s lap than anybody else, and he pissed it all away. He even left or lost his meal ticket in Maine (the religious woman during the 90s who took care of him when he was born again or whatever after he was shot three times by that crackhead in the early 90s). It was mostly platonic, but she did say that the only time they had sex “it was horrible”. LOL So he couldn’t even do that good.

  • John 2:29 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    The Starwood Menu 

    The web site which hosted these images is no longer around, so I am posting these here for anyone interested. The food is named after bands of course. I am surprised to see that the band 707 was a Starwood staple. They had a couple of good, minor rock radio hits in the early 80’s, i.e., You might recall “Megaforce” sung by the great Kevin Chalfant.



    • Gayle 3:26 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The Starwood had great ‘Fear’ fries 🙂 and the club really enforced that ‘Two drink minimum’ policy! It only pertained when a well known band was headlining.

      • John 1:48 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, and with Eddie as owner, I’m sure it was decent bar food all around. I don’t think that gastro-expert Ed would have let them serve slop to people, even though most of his cash at the Starwood was probably made from alcohol sales.

    • jimmy chicago 9:27 am on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What are fear fries ? Is that something regional

  • John 2:39 pm on December 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: steve mccarthy, tony wilson   

    Mother Of Boxer Tony Wilson Saves The Day 

    It’s a video clip that has become legendary and was shown on television long before the internet was around… this funny incident occurred in 1989 over in jolly old England.

    From Wikipedia:

    Boxer Tony Wilson beat Steve McCarthy in controversial circumstances in September 1989. McCarthy knocked Wilson down in the third round. Looking to finish the fight with Wilson on the ropes, the fight was stopped when Wilson’s 62-year-old mother climbed into the ring and started attacking McCarthy with her shoe; Wilson’s corner man also entered the ring. McCarthy believed he had won and left the ring, but bizarrely referee Adrian Morgan insisted that the fight should continue. McCarthy refused (the injury caused by Wilson’s mother required four stitches) and Wilson was declared the winner by technical knockout. A riot ensued and Wilson’s mother had to be dragged from the ring by her hair by a security guard; McCarthy returned to the ring but only to calm the crowd.

    Let the games begin:

  • John 10:00 am on December 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Police Chief Has A Message For Killer Clowns 

    With the influx of dudes dressing up as creepy clowns, it’s about time somebody took a stand! I can’t believe this is even a news thing. Sort of like the PSA I saw last night (produced and paid for by the US gov’t) warning people about “relationship abuse” – you know, being a controlling psycho to your partner. Now, it’s the gov’ts job to straighten out your romantic life I guess. Thanks government.

  • John 9:40 am on December 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    America In 1857: Rich Ladies Still Had Nothing To Wear 

    It’s always been this way, it seems. And then this fella cited below even jotted down a poem. From the book “Incredible New York” by Lloyd Morris.

    Shocking, I know!


  • John 10:01 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro Mugshots 

    Some days are better than others, so on Thanksgiving I was in the deep south visiting relatives and found a country store that was open for business (I needed beer). It had been a cloudy day, but just as I entered the store, the clouds parted and the sun came out – like divine intervention. And then I saw the greatest newspaper in the world sitting on the rack:  Metro Mugshots. Best $1 ever spent. Let’s investigate this cast of characters. Just who are these mugs?

    Half Head was injured in a car accident but survived despite losing part of his brain.


    Who are these tough ass white girls.


    Don’t upset the Dog Poop Bandit, she knows where you live:


    This Christmas, please keep Dorsey in your prayers:


    Another bad ass white girl:



    • jimmy chicago 1:25 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I ran into this paper also at a 7/11 store awhile ago . After further review I thought it might be BOGUS like the onion the shit that was written in it was kinda too good to be true and I have only seen this in dubious places what do you think John?

      • John 9:42 am on December 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Of course, like on the TV show Cops they have to disclaim everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but it’s not what’s implied. Where I picked it up, you have pregnant teenage girls and meth heads sharing space in the checkout line. There’s not much to do out in the country if you have no role models growing up, but to do drugs.

      • John 9:50 am on December 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        But I think it’s real, for we see bizarro crimes everyday on the news. There’s some real interesting or scary people walking around out there. I also can’t believe neighbors would murder each other over a flowerbed, but it happens. Maybe ID Discovery could get this newspaper and do some summaries on what happened later on to these Metro Mugshots!

    • jimmy chicago 8:04 am on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah your right I googled the one eyed Dorsey photo its true . I stand corrected its just the look and feel of that publication seems funny .I am surprised the liberal democrats have not shut this down for being racist , the photos are mostly non whites.

      • John 12:23 pm on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, this is not a Cali publication so they can do what they like. Launius would be spinning in his grave if he knew what nonsense Cali has become. Next time you see one of those high speed chases in LA, watch at how hamstrung the cops are now days. Restraining police from doing their jobs only gets them and others killed, i.e., sensitivity training.

        • criticextraordinaire 3:29 pm on December 18, 2016 Permalink

          I think Ronnie would be taking full advantage of what California has become. He’d be running his game as always, and if caught, claiming police brutality. And with all the new opioids available today, he’d be running a virtual supermarket of fun and games. It’s a damn shame he got in over his head with Eddie. He coulda gone worldwide.

    • jimmy chicago 7:53 am on December 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah the cops have been neutered here also,and the justice department has launched a big investigation into human rights violations against gangbangers all while we have a murder rate higher than L.A. and New York combined

      • criticextraordinaire 3:25 pm on December 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Chicago? Heck, come on across the border here to Gary IN. We’ll show your bangers what violence is all about. Our murder rate is 2x-3x that in Chicago. Ronnie Launius would have felt right at home here.

    • jimmy chicago 7:12 am on December 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey criticextraordinaire Is there any truth to that story the portal to hell .That house they knocked down in Gary that was possessed by satan . I heard a clip on the radio with the police chief backing this up and its also in the official reports. Do you live close to this house? I also heard that the history channel bought it and demolished it .

      • criticextraordinaire 4:16 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The whole damned town is possessed by Satan. It’s the town that produced Eugene Britt, the piece of trash that murdered the daughter of one of my employees. If Indiana had any justice he’d be lynched and all of Gary would be incinerated.

  • John 10:44 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: green bay packer,   

    Liberace Lost His Virginity To A Green Bay Packer 

    From Scott Thorson and Alex Thorleifson’s 1988 book “Behind The Candelabra”. I believe this was also mentioned in the movie. I hope the cheeseheads don’t come outta the woodwork – don’t shoot the messenger!


    • jimmy chicago 11:41 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      As a BEAR fan I would not doubt that many men have lost their virginity to a green bay packer. They dont call um packers for nothing

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