November 4, 1986 |
The bodies of the former wife and only son of the Democratic candidate for state attorney general were found 12 hours before the polls opened today, and police said the woman killed the boy and herself. Saundra Butterworth, 43, ex-wife of candidate Bob Butterworth, called police in what they described as a hysterical state from a telephone booth on a downtown street Monday evening. When officers arrived after tracing the call, they found the body of 16-year-old Robert Butterworth Jr.
March 27, 1988 |
Hildegard Smith doesn't remember the 30-odd years she spent raising her family in this rural county seat. Friends say the 50-year-old mother of five knows that the people gathered at her bedside are her children, but only because they have told her so. She believes Richard Smith when he tells her he is her husband, but cannot conjure up memories of their years together or the plans they made to retire soon to Florida.
September 18, 1997 |
Like millions of others, Glenda Jackson was caught up in the television coverage of people grieving over Princess Diana's death. But in Jackson's case, mourning is a kind of hobby. Jackson, who gives historic tours for the city of Ventura, is hooked on Victorian mourning traditions. She will lead a walking tour Saturday that delves into these grim, 19th-century customs and also highlights Victorian clothing, architecture and history. Her "Victorian Secrets" tour runs from 1 to 3 p.m.
December 16, 2001 |
Some years ago, when my wife and I were conducting ethnographic research in a village in northwestern Pakistan, I watched a little girl get beaten by her brother while the children's mother, sitting nearby, laughed. Later that night, the boy was slapped hard by his father, but not for beating his sister. The slap came because the boy looked away when his father spoke to him. The father was absent during the day and came home secretly after dark, because, if seen, he would likely be shot by his cousin, whose brother he had killed in a fight a few years earlier.
April 24, 2009 |
"As a result of a terrible experimental grey magik experiment gone wrong, Mystr S. Mole, once a famed omni-media mekka bottle-bot, un-requited rock star and amateur thought-experiment physicist was stricken with an insidious incurable fatal disease that will leave him little more than a throbbing paralyzed husk -- kept alive by machines -- a brain in a jar . . . " So begins the tale of NewJack Rasputin, alter ego to multimedia artist Tucker Stilley,...
May 22, 1999 |
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.