White Rabbits : True Crime in the Pet Cemetery

John Thompson, an influential man, was able to get Grace declared “insane”. Soon after entering the asylum she escaped to New Orleans. Being a suspicious death, police turned to Grace. She claimed she never made it there and he was killed for his $500,000 gambling treasure. Grace was a gifted …

Bull Riding

Every Tuesday night for several months in the winter, the Washington County Fairgrounds’ largest building is warmed by giant space heaters so that a crowd of hundreds can root for their favorite bull rider. In the front of the building, the crowd sits in the bleachers laughing at the clown …

Mule Days

Two outstanding yearly events are the Memphis Cotton Carnival with its Mardi-Gras revelry and Mule Day at Columbia, an all-day celebration in honor of the “orneriest and workingest work-critter living.” —Tennessee: A Guide to the State (WPA, 1939) Horse is a horse, of course, of course. And then there are donkeys, …

One Photo Story: Richard

Richard had all his fingers when I met him the year before. He volunteers at the Alligator Farm and gets a genuine kick out of the prehistoric creatures. He lures them closer for me by dangling the rancid chicken collected from nearby grocery stores. His eyes twinkle when he describes …

One Photo Story: Mid-City Hawk

Conversation is easy off of Orleans Avenue. If all else exhausted there is always hawk-talk. She circles and keeps watch over a pretty broad area. We worry about Jackson and Cocoa, the little chihuahuas who are let out in the evening to “exercise”, hoping she doesn’t go after them. Paul …