The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Crazy People Are Dangerous

Well, this is a sad story: Fred “Bubba” Copeland was the mayor of Smiths Station, a town of less than 7,000 people in Lee County, Alabama. He was also a freakazoid, secretly pursuing transgender fantasies that he posted online using a persona he called “Brittini Blaire Summerlin.” Somehow (the details are not clear to me) […]

We Survived Thunder Bird Falls

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON When my son told us we were going for a hike Saturday, my first thought was, “We’re going to get eaten by bears.” A quick Google search (“thunder bird falls + grizzly bear”) turned up several results, including a recent story with this quote: “Bear encounters can happen anywhere in Anchorage, in […]

Dadeville Update: Six Suspects Now in Custody for ‘Sweet 16’ Massacre

When we last updated on Wednesday, two teenage brothers from Tuskegee, Ty Reik McCullough, 17, and Travis McCullough, 16, had been charged in last weekend’s mass shooting at a “Sweet 16” birthday party in Dadesville, Alabama, that left four dead and dozens injured. Late Wednesday night, Wilson LaMar Hill Jr., 20, of Auburn was added […]

Teens Charged in Dadeville Massacre

Breaking news today in Alabama: Two teenage brothers have been charged with four counts of reckless murder in the Saturday night shooting at a Dadeville birthday party that killed four young people and injured 32 others. Ty Reik McCullough, 17, and Travis McCullough, 16, both of Tuskegee, have each been charged as adults with four […]

There Is No Joy in ’Bamaland

The headline at ESPN says, “Tennessee tops Alabama in epic back-and-forth thriller,” but please, spare me such “thrills.” Pardon my lifelong preference for the boring, easy, lopsided Alabama victories. O, Lord, keep your “thrillers” far away from the Crimson Tide! ’Bama spotted Tennessee a 28-10 first-half lead, but then Heisman Trophy quarterback Bryce Young led […]

UPDATE: Vicky Sue White Has Died

After last night’s post (“Fugitive Murder Suspect Caught; Woman Who Helped Him Escape Shoots Herself”), here’s the latest on the case: Former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White has died from injuries after she and escaped inmate Casey White were arrested in Indiana earlier Monday, Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County told CNN. She was hospitalized […]

Fugitive Murder Suspect Caught; Woman Who Helped Him Escape Shoots Herself

Updating last week’s report (“Some Ladies Love the Bad Boys,” May 4) about the case of Alabama murder suspect Casey White, who escaped jail with the assistance of jail administrator Vicky Sue White: A former Alabama jail official and the murder suspect she is accused of helping escape from custody were apprehended Monday in Indiana […]

Some Ladies Love the Bad Boys

In December 2015, Casey Cole White went on a violent crime spree in two counties on either side of the Alabama-Tennessee border: In one night, he staged a home invasion and carjacked two vehicles at gunpoint, shooting one person in the arm, WHNT reports. At the home, he fired multiple rounds and killed a dog. […]

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