‘Panzram: A Journal of Murder’ & light in the darkness

‘There is nothing to history. No progress, no justice. There is nothing but random horror.’
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Carl Panzram is one of the worst human beings ever to have lived.

If I were asked to name the face of evil, probably I’d say something like Adolf Hitler or if I were feeling more clever, Joseph Stalin or someone else universally considered a despicable human being who was responsible for the deaths of millions or tens of millions of people.

Stalin seemed to have been deeply, genuinely in love with his first wife. Hitler seemed to have a place of sincere kindness in him for dogs and secretaries.

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God forgive us, we don’t know what we’re doing

The other day, Troy Anthony Davis was executed in Georgia. I think a couple of people got together and decided to protest or something. In any case, you may have heard about it.

My friend, former Odessa American reporter Jim Mustian, covered the story for his job at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer because the victim Davis was killed for, police officer Mark MacPhail, was a native of Columbus, Ga.

Jim was one of the handful of reporters allowed to be present for and view the execution of Davis, and we were talking about it ahead of time.

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