Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Art of the Spin Doctor

Thanks to Ricky Knight for passing this along

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogical researcher,
discovered that Hillary Clinton's great-great uncle, Remus
Rodham, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in
Montana in 1889.

The only known photograph in Mrs. Wallman's
possession, of Remus shows him standing on the gallows.
On the back of the picture is this inscription:

'Remus Rodham; horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887,
robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

Judy e-mailed Hillary Clinton for information about her
great-great uncle.

Hillary's staff sent back the following biographical sketch :

'Remus Rodham was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory.

His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable
equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana

Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service,
finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.

In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the
renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.

In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour,
when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.'

Alistair Cambell, eat your heart out.

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