April 29th, 2008

Dear Mr. Nighstalker…

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Radar magazine has a terrific article online, featuring a written correspondence between pop-culture historian Bill Geerhart and various notorious incarcerated killers (and other influential figures).

What’s so fascinating is that Bill posed as ten year old “Billy”, and asked each of these people (including such famous murderers as Charles Manson, the Unabomber and “Nightstalker” Richard Ramirez) moral questions such as “should I stay in school?”. Their responses range from alarmingly sensible and responsible words of wisdom, to crazy gibberish.

To his surprise, replies soon started pouring in. Everyone from Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (on tree-fort diplomacy) to Oprah Winfrey, Mister Rogers, Janet Reno, and members of the Supreme Court had words of wisdom for Billy. (“I like the Egg McMuffin,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas when asked about his favorite McDonald’s food. “Actually, I like almost everything there.”) Responding to Billy’s idea for a “Hustler for kids,” Larry Flynt wrote back encouraging the fourth grader to “Hang in there. You’ll be 18 before you know it.”

As it turns out, no group hates to disappoint a child more than convicted killers, all of whom responded promptly to Billy’s questions about dropping out of school.

I highly recommend you read the full article. (via boingboing)


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