It’s been a long and windy week in New Orleans. I’m still a bit unnerved by my brush with tornadic activity. It was a surreal experience that gave me the blues. Hence the Magritte featured image and this week’s theme song.
This week’s theme song was written in 1953 by McKinley Morganfield DBA Muddy Waters. It quickly became a blues standard because of Muddy’s stature as an artist. Despite the title, it doesn’t blow.
We have two versions of Blow Wind Blow for your listening pleasure: the Muddy Waters original and a swell cover by blues harmonicat James Cotton.
I’m still feeling windy or is that winded from walking? Beats the hell outta me.
With all this talk of J6 Committee criminal referrals, I have crime on my mind this week. We begin our second act with a cold case that was solved after decades followed by the tale of a forensic pioneer.
The Boy In The Box: I find cold cases fascinating. There are cold cases and then there’s the 1957 murder of a young boy in Philadelphia.
The case was so cold that investigators didn’t know the victim’s name until last week: Joseph Augustus Zarelli.
The boy in the box’s identity was finally discovered thanks to a combination of DNA testing and genetic genealogy, which is all the rage in 2022.
A Doll’s House: One of the weirder forms of forensics is the use of doll houses as a tool. The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson tells the tale of Frances Glessner Lee, the creator of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. They were dioramas used to map out crimes in the pre-digital age. They’re still used as teaching tools.
That’s it in a nutshell.
As I read that article, I wondered: what happens if the dolls revolt? The last word of our second act goes to Elvis Costello and the Bangles:
We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.
Separated At Birth Originals: Here’s a page from one of the Spy Magazine SAB compilations. Anyone miss Al Haig? I do not.
The Movie List: This week’s list is a mixed bag of TV and movies because it features the work of Billy Bob Thornton. Why? I have Bad Santa on my mind. I’m feeling lazy so it will be in chronological order just like the Sunday Dozen.
The Billy Bob Thornton Dozen
- One False Move
- Dead Man
- Sling Blade
- Primary Colors
- A Simple Plan
- Pushing Tin
- The Man Who Wasn’t There
- Bad Santa
- Friday Night Lights
- The Ice Harvest
- Fargo: Season One
Let’s wrap up the segment by taking a Walk of Shame with Billy Bob:
The Best Of Letterman: Dave dispatched a guy in a Santa suit to the streets of New York. The result was holiday hilarity.
Saturday GIF Horse: Let’s follow up on the black and white Christmas movie dozen and show George Bailey’s return to Bedford Falls after a night in hell aka Pottersville. It’s an ice person extravaganza. Me, I’d run for shelter.
Tornadic Update: I learned a new town name this week. There’s a Happy Jack, Louisiana. It’s a sports fishing community near the tip of the boot. I only know it as an early Who song:
Let’s close down this virtual honky tonk with some more music.
Saturday Classic: It’s time for another shameless plug for an upcoming Sunday Dozen. This week, Christmas rock songs. Mariah Carey is more of a pop star, but this is a helluva swelluva holiday tune.
That’s all for this week. The last word is dedicated to department store Santas everywhere: