Wow, is it mid March already? Seems like just two and a half months ago that I last posted. I'd like to blame the lack of post on deadbeat interns and the fact that my computer crashed and after a six hour phone marathon with a guy half a world away it hasn't really worked right since, making simple task such as, highlighting and cutting; pasting a long frustrating and painful process...I'd like to say all those things but the simple fact is. I got a time machine for Christmas and have been having a lot of fun.
Things I've learned.
1. George Washington sounded a lot like James Cagney.
2. "Pickett's charge" should really be called, "Pickett's take a few steps then hit the deck. Get up, take a few more steps and hit the deck again."
3. My great-great grandparents kept a barrel of sauerkraut in the basement.
Up until this time I have simply been an observer. I will now attempt to go back an alter the future for the good of mankind. Don't be alarmed I know what I'm doing. I had a history course in high school.
Coordinates - Rome, 3/14/44 BC
Be back in awhile. In the meantime heres this:
On March 14, 1930 twenty-nine year old William "Baron" Simpson was added to the list of murder victims in Brooklyn's White Hand territory when his body was found in an alleyway leading from Furman Street to pier 16 on the East River. Someone had come up behind him and placed a .38 to the back of his head and pulled the trigger. Although the murder took place at around noon next to a tin can factory where two hundred employees were on lunch break, there were no witnesses.
"Baron" was the boss of a small group of dock workers and had a reputation as a fierce street fighter. According to his brother, "Whitey" Simpson, "Baron" had gotten into an argument with three men at a nearby pier about an hour before the murder. The argument turned into a fistfight and "Baron" proceeded to savagely beat all three men until they ran away. Simpson was last seen, alone, turning into the alleyway in which he was found a short time later.
Even with the story about the fight with the three men, police stated that they believed that Simpson was another in the long line of Irish thugs murdered in the unending battle for leadership of the dock rackets.