Plus: Is Boston the "most racist city in America"?
Oh, Boston. I, too, went to school there, a few years after the Stuart case. But more importantly, I grew up in Maine with it's Boston field trips and days when my mom would decide on a whim to call the Weston Marriott hotel and ask for their cheapest rate and we'd go down on for a spontaneous weekend trip. I love Boston, but I know it has it's issues. However, everything about it from it's accents to it's sports teams to it's most famous citizens are, I think, overhated. Boston is a whipping boy stand-in for EVERY big city's hypocritical perceived Liberalism vs. its actual behaviors. It lets everyone else off the hook to have Boston win the Racism Blue Ribbon. It makes me think of the Randy Newman song "Rednecks" which starts with the titular redneck comically defending his Southern brethren while also bragging about keeping the "N------ down." In the second half of the song, he goes on to list the freedom the Black citizens have in the North, "Free to be put in a cage in Harlem...in East St. Louis...in Fillmore...(and, yes) in Roxbury Boston." I'm just glad that we're able to see the egregious racism of the news coverage at the time for what it was and carry it to news coverage today which is better only because it would be hard to be worse.
Oh, my god - I was so glad HBO is only dropping one episode at a time. I remember this case so well and I’m really appreciating getting centered in that time and place. Dallas-dweller in her glass house throwing no stones at Boston. Love a documentary where people are given enough rope to hang themselves.
Re: that “Allegedly” shirt - my husband has decided it’s his good luck talisman. Every time he goes for a procedure (these are mercifully slowing down) he’s always calling, “Where’s my allegedly shirt?” I thought you should know.
If you want a break, listen to the “Ghost Story” podcast! Or hate watch The Last Hours of Mario Biondo. I had to stop; it’s all too obvious what happened and I was spending my time yelling at his family.
I have not watched Murder in Boston, but remember it pretty well from the American Justice episode about it. (Bill Kurtis 4EVER <3) I've been debating whether I need to see it.
I was in college in the metro Boston area while this was happening, so the news coverage is something I remember well. I grew up in Alabama and Georgia and remember the rhetoric there being something like "those Yankees are racist too" to ameliorate their own racism rather than reckoning with the issue itself. I think that Boston itself gets the reputation (when it's far broader than that) is due to this: https://www.npr.org/2016/09/18/494442131/life-after-iconic-photo-todays-parallels-of-american-flags-role-in-racial-protes
I watched “Great Photo” last night, and you can drop the allegedly. What a horrible, horrible person. Movie did a good job of telling the story, and I thought it was the perfect length. It was mostly a story of the family, told by the family, so only a few “outside” voices heard, but the ones that did participate were magnificent. And fuck that one guy about needing to forgive to be forgiven. That homily always enrages me.
I thought “Murder in Boston” was well-done (and confirmed why it’s one of the only big east coast cities I haven’t visited 😬), but it’s one of the few docs that I feel could have benefited from a bit of sleazy “Investigation Discovery” input.
Google tells me that Stuart wanted the insurance money to take up with a younger mistress a la Scott Peterson and Chris Watts, but there was no mention made here. Like he wasn’t uniquely racist or cunning (see also Susan Smith five years later), it was just what he could easily get away with in America.