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Thread #59418   Message #1485742
Posted By: Rapparee
15-May-05 - 09:30 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
And to celebrate Mom's arising, I have a matter for discussion. It fits in the Cafe because yes, it deals with music; but it is quite appropriate here as at its root it is a legal query.

We are all, I assume, familiar with the first verse of that great Irish ballad The Ballad of William Bloat. (If you're not, go look it up in the DT.) If you have momentarily forgotten, here it is:

In a mean abode on the Skankill Road
Lived a man named William Bloat;
He had a wife, the curse of his life,
Who continually got his goat.
So one day at dawn, with her nightdress on
He cut her bloody throat.

Now, we have this guy who, apparently for what he considered good reasons, murdered his wife. So far, so good. They catch him, he suffers the penalty prescribed by law.

Don't you think that it's pushing the definition of "quirky crime" for him to have attempted her murder while wearing her nightie? I mean, was he trying to cop an insanity plea or something? Or was this how he "got his kicks" -- cross-dressing in lingerie and then offing someone?

Please discuss.

Thank you.