Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Friday, January 20, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: TELL HER NO

The Zombies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43on86AmOw8

FORGOTTEN BOOK: THE WOMAN IN THE CASE

The Woman in the Case by Ellery Queen (1966)

The cover of this Bantam Books paperback states "FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK!" -- leading one to infer that there had been a previous hardbound edition.  'T'aint so.  In fact, this edition (simultaneously published in Canada) was the only edition ever published.   A quick check on Worldcat lists only six copies held in libraries -- exactly the number currently available on Abebooks with a price range from $3.50 to $36.00.  Add to this the fact that the book is the second of only two true crime collections published by Queen and you have what could deservedly be called a Forgotten Book.

Assembled here are nineteen brief articles first published in the Sunday newspaper supplement The American Weekly, from 1958 and 1959, all dealing with women who killed or who were killed..  Rhonda Belle Martin poisoned her husband for a $2,500 life insurance policy.  Irene Schroeder shot two policemen during routine traffic stop, killing one of them while her young son watched.  Young Eileen Soule bashed her roommate's head with a flat iron, her motive still in question.  Apartment house janitor Joe Nischt got rid of Rose Michaelis' body by incinerating it in the building's furnace and Nischt's wife eventually sued the tavern where he had been drinking the day of the murder, claiming he would never had killed if he had been sober -- she got $5,000 in damages.

In a well-known case from New Zealand, teenagers Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme murdered Parker's mother.  Because of their ages, they could not be given the death penalty; rather, they were ordered "detained at her Majesty's pleasure."  Queen's final paragraph in this article was short-sighted:  "Her Majesty's pleasure, according to New Zealand Authorities, will keep the teenage 'women' in this shocking case in prison for the rest of their natural lives."  Well, that didn't happen.  Both girls were eventually released, never to have contact with each other.  Juliet Hulme's name was changed to Anne Perry and she became a noted mystery author.

There's nothing major here for true crime aficionados who would be better served reading cases by William Roughead, Edward D. Radin, or any one of dozens of classic true crime authors.  Still, the pieces in The Woman in the Case are written in an entertaining, breezy style.   They may not have have depth, but they are quite enjoyable.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: WHEN THE BEES ARE IN THE HIVE

From 1933, The Girls of the Golden West.  The "Girls" were sisters Millie and Dollie Good (nee Goad) who recorded over five dozen songs from 1933 to 1938.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bov6E63_Zs

OLD-TIME RADIO: "THE WAILING WALL'

The November 6, 1945 episode of Inner Sanctum features Boris Karloff as a husband who strangles his wife and walls her in their rundown mansion.  For forty years, her ghostly wails haunt poor Boris,  showing you can strangle and wall up a good woman but you cannot shut her up -- especially when she has something to say.  (Something to keep in mind on Saturday as women march on Washington and other cities throughout America.)

Paul McGrath is your host and Mary Bennett hawks Lipton Tea for this original episode.

Enjoy.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWDLTlk7ETE

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: SHAVE 'EM DRY

Lucille Bogan (1897-1948), one of the first American blues singers to be recorded, here with one of her most famous songs.  WARNING!  This one is definitely NSFW (or almost anywhere else)!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ko2VXpW7_g