One of our faithful readers, darrelplant, pointed out that we were so busy posting about Angelina yesterday that we missed the 75th Anniversary of the assassination ofHuey P. Long. Mea culpa. Actually, I’m not sure whether we’re late-Long was shot on 9/8/1935-or early-Long died of his wounds on 9/10/1935. I guess I’m merelystuck in the middle with you. Holy Stealer’s Wheel, Batman or is that Holy Tarantino?
In the last few days, the Picayune has run several articles about what happened that September day at the state capitol building.The details remain murky and in dispute. I’m one of those people who believe that Dr. Carl Weiss was a patsy as his family have always maintained. I think that it was gunspray from one of the Kingfish’s goons that killed the de facto ruler of the Gret Stet. The looming question for me is this: were the bodyguards paid to kill Long by his erstwhile allies? Huey’s endless fight with FDR had become bad for business: federal patronage was being directed to anti-Long Dems. This theory is, of course, unprovable but it’s fun to kick around.
Anyway, here’s Randy Newman’s ode to the Kingfish:
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