November 2015 Archives

ALL SOULS DAY in the Land of the Round Haircut—We'll say a musical prayer or two for a-l-l those ill fated teenagers-of-song from the early 1960s, along with BIRTHDAYS-IN-BLUE for Our Other Favorite Redhead BONNIE RAITT, Texas Blues Rocker DELBERT McCLINTON, and JAY BLACK of Jay & The Americans…

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Gary Brueggemann discusses his book Minnesota's Oldest Murder Mystery, the story of Phalen (ex Derry) and Hays (ex Waterford), two discharged Fort Snelling soldiers who lived in a shack in what is now St. Paul and tended two separate plots of land along the river. Then Hays disappeared only to be found dead and mutilated weeks later half in and half out of the river. Phalen's trial found him not guilty for lack of evidence but Phalen's story continued.