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Marshall Ramsey on Greenwood politics

Readers may not be aware, but the other day the acting police chief in Greenwood announced his retirement to the city council, and, at the same time, stated his view that the mayor was “the antichrist.”  And Beelzebub, a deceiver and the “seven heads and ten horns on Satan, the Devil himself.”  (I think […]

I think many of us saw this coming: News from State v. Arnold Smith in Greenwood

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that, while Dr. Arnold Smith is undergoing continued examinations concerning whether he is competent to be tried, his attorneys are preparing an insanity defense for the prosecution of Smith for hiring killers to attempt the murder of Greenwood lawyer Lee Abraham.


The after-story of Lusco’s waiter Booker Wright in the NBC Mississippi documentary from 1965

Last night, Dateline aired an update of a documentary NBC news had made in 1965 about race relations in Mississippi.

The original documentary is available online in the first video here.  Before getting to the subject, at about the 10th minute, I was surprised to hear Josphine Haxton (better known as the writer Ellen Douglas), whose […]

More about the Greenwood murder for hire case

Some details– not necessarily consistent– are being reported about the incident in Greenwood now, although it’s hard to tell what to credit. The Clarion Ledger runs a Greenwood Commonwealth story with more details:

Authorities say a 70-year-old oncologist is accused of hiring two men to kill the lawyer who represented his ex-wife when they divorced in […]

Greenwood Oncologist Allegedly Hires Hit on Greenwood Lawyer (There’s More to This Story Than Press Reports)

Update: Yes, there is more.  See below.

I’m hitting repeated references to a story breaking in Greenwood.  Here’s one bit, from WLBT in Jackson:

A 70-year-old oncologist is accused of hiring hit-men to kill the lawyer who represented his ex-wife when they divorced in the 1990s.

Greenwood police tell the Greenwood Commonwealth that Dr. Arnold […]

Has Anyone Seen the Giant Cocoon in Greenwood?

I’m more than slightly curious.

This is an art project of Kate Browne, who has previously set up cocoons in Mexico and Upstate New York.  More information here and here.  I’m inferring that the photos are by her husband, Eric Etheridge; I found them on Eric’s […]