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Happy! - May 8

Abby Sale 09 May 05 - 08:54 AM
GUEST,Allen 09 May 05 - 09:34 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 10 May 05 - 01:07 AM
Abby Sale 10 May 05 - 08:48 AM
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Subject: Happy! - May 8
From: Abby Sale
Date: 09 May 05 - 08:54 AM


Happy Birthday!

King of Delta Blues

Robert Johnson

Born
5/8/1911


(In 1937 he recorded 41 songs in just two recording sessions; he had two photographs taken of himself, and that's all
we have of him. At age 27 was poisoned by a rival for a strange girl in a bar. He died three days later on 8/16/1938)


Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved


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Subject: RE: Happy! - May 8
From: GUEST,Allen
Date: 09 May 05 - 09:34 AM

I believe I'll go and dust my broom...


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Subject: RE: Happy! - May 8
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 10 May 05 - 01:07 AM

Did the coroner identify the type of poison?

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

What was it? Would it work on rodents?


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Subject: RE: Happy! - May 8
From: Abby Sale
Date: 10 May 05 - 08:48 AM

Apparently, but only from reports of witnesses given well afterward, it was whiskey laced with strychnine, which would kill rodents. Per Peter Guralnick, Johnson fell ill from it and died from pneumonia three days later. No cause of death at all is listed in the death certificate. I doubt there was any sort of autopsy at all.

In Edinburgh, I learned of a traditional method of killing rats without poison. You just pour ground glass in their holes. The only problem is getting someone to hold the rats...


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