The Ghosts of Louisiana’s Johnson and Gosset Plantation

Sometime around 1859 or 1860 two cousins from Kentucky tore down “the handsomest and most commodious mansion on the Mississippi,” seemingly within months of having bought it. The two and a half story mansion, built in 1780 by a thirty-five year old former lieutenant in the French Navy, sat on over a thousand acres of land and featured three foot thick walls of water lime bricks.

NY Post Says Malloy Actively Seeking a Whalers Return

The details from the NY Post report: Despite admitting last summer that it is “unlikely” NHL hockey would return to his state, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy is not giving up on the slapshot dream, sources said. The Democrat has formed a group to look into the possibility of bringing a team back to the Constitution State and has approached at least one deep-pocketed potential buyer of a team, sources tell The Post.

At Least It’s Only a Belief in Vampirism

George R. Stetson writing about the belief in Vampirism amongst the population in rural Rhode Island during the nineteenth century: …[I]t is perhaps fortunate that the isolation of which this is probably the product, an isolation common in sparsely settled regions, where thought stagnates and insanity and superstition are prevalent, has produced nothing worse.

NY Times Returns to the Topic of Violence on Reservations

Earlier this year the New York Times published an article highlighting the crime rates on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, today they’ve got another one: The federal government has cut the size of its police force in Indian country, reduced financing for law enforcement and begun fewer investigations of violent felony crime, even as rates of murder and rape there have increased to more than 20 times the national average, according to data.

On Abourerzk’s AK-47s at Wounded Knee

Former Senator Jim Abourezk discussing his visit to the occupied town of Wounded Knee in 1973 with the South Dakota CBS affiliate: “We got into the Indians’ perimeter and there’s all these Indian Vietnam vets who were there with AK-47′s Kalashnikovs, I don’t know where they got them all, but they had them.