The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Today in History...

...the Gnadenhütten Massacre (1782). Ninety-six Munsee (a Christian band of Lenape/Delaware) are clubbed to death with mallets by Pennsylvania militiamen who falsely accused them of participating in raids against white settlers. Among the victims are 29 women and 39 children. The bodies are scalped and mutilated. No criminal charges are ever brought against the murderers by white courts, though one, Captain Charles Builderback, is killed in Ohio by Indians in June of 1789.

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