Suffer Little Children: The Moors Murders in Memory & Song

Suffer Little Children

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto to me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 19:14 This post looks at a pair of songs inspired by memories of one of postwar Britain’s most infamous crimes … Over the moor Oh, … → read more

Revolution Blues: How Charles Manson Murdered the ’60s (Part Two)

This month marks the 46th anniversary of the Tate/LaBianca murders committed by Charles Manson and his cult-like Family. A nightmarish event with lasting cultural impact, music is central to its story. This and last week’s posts explore the connection. At the edge of town… My fellow Americans, our long national … → read more

Death Valley ’69: How Charles Manson Murdered the ’60s (Part One)

This week marks the 46th anniversary of the Tate/LaBianca murders committed by Charles Manson and his cult-like Family. A nightmarish event with lasting cultural impact, music is central to its story. This and next week’s posts explore the connection. Coming down… Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that … → read more

A Walkin’ Chunk a Mean-Mad: Pretty Boy Floyd & Robin Hood

I love a good man outside the law
 just as much as I hate a bad man inside the law. — Woody Guthrie (1940) Legend On October 22, 1934, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd – a bank robber suspected by the FBI as a gunman in a 1933 Kansas City … → read more