Shows from the eighties are balm to my soul (okay, late eighties, nineties)
It's a way to go back to childhood, a time of relative comfort and security, compared to the social media and technological hell we live in now
History has been captured: the way people dressed, the way they spoke, how they really acted, the colors of the day
And none of it a re-creation - all of it from that actual time period, the 80's
When I watched the show as a kid, I didn't have the distance of time to notice how unlike what I thought people spoke like was how everyone spoke
What I mean is, watching the people being interviewed on Unsolved Mysteries, I notice that these people from the 80's, people in general (my expression for "average people", because I believe the other expression is a slight to all of us involved ) talked like people from the sixties
Strangely subdued and unenthusiastic, with accents and expressions as carefully uttered as if they were still living in that era
And I wonder to myself: "Did I speak like that? And do I now speak more hyperactively, to keep up with the times?"
I know I live in an American city where buildings from the fifties and sixties still exist, and it has registered like never before
Time is really passing by NOW
We are finally modern NOW
But I digress!
Watching Unsolved Mysteries, that spooky-as-fuck mystery show ( the theme music still makes me want to shit my pants), I get freaked the heck out by the story of "The Boys on the Tracks" ( the actual title of a book later to be written about the case)
It happened in Arkansas, and it was the strange occurrence of two boys laid out on a railroad tracks to be run over by a train. The criminally incompetent state medical examiner at the time ruled that the boys had inhaled enough marijuana to cause them to pass out, perfectly aligned, on the train tracks, but this could not have happened, according to actual competent experts and honest people with brains
So it was finally determined, after the parents raised a fuss and demanded a reopening of the investigation during a press conference, that the deaths were homicides ( even though it would not be officially updated on their death certificates for YEARS to come)
Basically, the boys stumbled upon drug activity, something they weren't supposed to see, and they were murdered, and their bodies placed on the railroad tracks to obliterate the evidence
Of course, this was not covered in the episode of Unsolved Mysteries, even though in a subsequent episode, an update was provided on the case, where the homicide ruling was confidently declared and one of the lawyers conducting the grand jury investigation told Robert Stack that the boys were murdered for coming across drug activity, and that there had been a cover up
It was sheepishly performed damage control, and it is sort of surprising to me that the case was even presented on the show, given that law enforcement and the media in Arkansas worked their darnedest to try to get people to forget about it and to dismiss the case altogether
But Arkansas, Arkansas....as soon as they said Arkansas. I was like "Oh my GOD. Could it be the Clintons again???" and then fifteen minutes later "OH MY GOD! It's the Clintons!"
Like first he bombs the hell out of my parents' homeland, defying international law, and gets away with it scot-free, doesn't have to go to the Hague as the war criminal he most definitely IS. Then he signs NAFTA, helping to destroy jobs in the United States, and making us fatter, according to Truthstreammedia.com's Aaron Dykes. He has sex with legions of women and is an alleged rapist. He enacts welfare reform and three-strikes-you're-out, he pretty much did the bidding of the Republican party during his tenure as President, but everywhere he goes, people admire how "classy" he is; it's seriously Orwellian
But I've met people who will never acknowledge any of his crimes. All the negative stuff about the Clintons and especially Bill, are just "crap". They admire how he "got around those Republicans" ( yeah, Howard Zinn would agree). The brainwashing technique of good cop vs bad cop that goes on in this country is so mega effective, and these particular techniques frequently utilized by the Clintons when accused of nefarious dealings are super-effective :
1) distance yourself
Linda Ives, the mother of Kevin Ives, one of the murdered boys, never had a vendetta against the Clintons
She was one of these unlucky people who didn't care about politics or anything, but was rudely sucked into the horrific realities of injustice and privilege in our country. For people who claim the US doesn't have political murders or deep- seated corruption, whew, she could tell you a thing or two
Reading "The Boys on the Tracks" by Mara Leveritt was a harrowing experience. It was like reading "The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women" by Kate Moore. Actually, it's like reading any book about industry exposes and political corruption, because they all go the same way. They are very hard to read if you care about justice. The realization sinks in that the protagonists of these sagas fight tooth and nail for justice and have the door slammed in their faces over and over and over again, and by ordinary people; you realize there really is no justice in this land, except for the very wealthy, and the very corrupt. And unlike Hollywood movies where the main character struggles and finally makes it to a happy ending, there are no satisfactory conclusions to any of these stories, because people in institutions, the main perpetrators, and the petty employees beholden to these individuals, all do their part to maintain the cover-up to maintain the injustice. The outcomes of grand juries and investigations are heart-beaking and maddening, as they all succumb to corruption and people like Mrs. Ives are gaslit and mocked and tortured all over again
In 2016 Linda Ives filed a lawsuit against the US government for information pertaining to her son's murder, and has yet to hear back. This was barely news during the 2016 Presidential elections
The extent of Bill Clinton's involvement in drug running in Arkansas can only be speculated upon, because he was very good at deflecting attention from himself concerning the scandal (remember those techniques I mentioned?) But it was uncovered that the CIA had connections to one Barry Seal, who had been transporting drugs and armaments to and from South America from his base in Mena, Arkansas. He was delivering weapons in exchange for drugs for the Contras in Nicaragua, a cause heavily supported by Reagan and his cronies like Oliver North, but were legally and officially prohibited from participating in, a cause heavily supported by both Democratic and Republican party members in fact.)
The most currently credible connection you can make between Clinton and the case of the boys is his despicable disregard for the pain of the parents through the continued support of the state's corrupt medical examiner, Fahmy Malak. Malak was a notoriously incompetent and arrogant medical examiner who once famously reported the cause of death of a decapitation victim as a hernia. And that was just one of his many surreal faux pas, causing so much anger and consternation as to culminate in the creation of an activist group called VOMIT (Victims of Malak's Incredible Testimony) by all the people who had had relatives maligned by his crazy and deceitful medical rulings
One of these incredible rulings helped out Bill Clinton's mother once. Virginia Kelley had been a nurse anesthetist, and her negligence on the job caused the deaths of two young women. She eventually lost her job ( SOME justice in this world, christ, the lady would read racing forms while administering anesthesia!) but her son never forgot how Malak helped his mother out, so he turned a blind eye to his malignant kookiness FOR YEARS, and only until he would announce his bid for the Presidency did Malak become a liability and he threw him under the bus
I had no idea how truly awful Joycelyn Elders was, because as chair of the State's Medical Examiners Commission, she declared she "didn't have the expertise to judge Malak's performance", and thought he had been horribly maligned by the public; she even declared he was owed an apology.
This once-was-a-lawyer named Dan Harmon, who pretended to be on Linda's side and opened up a new grand jury investigation into the boys' deaths, ended up being one of the most corrupt drug dealer/takers in the county, and he only took over the grand jury so he could control the information it would produce, and go after drug dealers who didn't obey him.
But people loved him, and they believed him when he said that it was just criminals out to get him, that none of the rumors about his involvement with drugs were true
He bullied and harassed the head of a drug task force out of the state and once when he beat up a reporter, in public, the reporter was afraid to press charges because he was afraid Dan Harmon would somehow throw HIM in jail instead
He was finally brought to heel, and was sentenced to eventually eleven years in jail, but he was never indicted for all of his crimes, and not even a good fraction of them. The saving grace was that in 2010 he was arrested AGAIN for selling drugs, so at least he hasn't been able to get away with his shenanigans forever
The bigger people up the totem pole have yet to be outted and brought to justice, and who knows if they ever will
The FBI got involved at one point in the investigation, spent two years on the case, only to tell Linda Ives that "she should try to accept the possibility that the boys' deaths were an accident"
Coriandra de Bambaway would like to take credit for writing the book "Go Ask Alice", the teenage cult classic of the 80's about a drugged out suburban teenager who dies at the end of the book, but that was another lady who worked for the government