Anyway... The reporter shared (and I paraphrase) that some loopy UFO "whack-job" from Suffolk county, New York had been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit serial murder, actually... alleged murder, in a new, new-age and completely inexplicable if not wholly brain-dead way!
I remember thinking that this incredibly hapless fellow must be one mondo-bionic dim-bulb of a ruminating snot-gobbler... sincerely ...to conceive of a stunt like that! How could it, remotely, work.
...Something about it just wasn't right! Righteously, curiosity's fuse was assiduously lit.
Consider... someone 'unsettled' enough to conceive of putting radium in a person's toothpaste... well, such a person must have some kind of 'history' of aberrant behavior, wouldn't you think? I mean, a guy like this doesn't spring fully formed from the head of Zeus, you know? There must be some kind of record or audit trail of psychotic deviancy... wouldn't that be fair?
But no -- there's no such record! In fact, the absolute and exact opposite is the case!
...Think, for a moment, about the *influence* of a "political machine" just proscribed. Think what horror it could impose, ...and throughout a slew of conflicted government departments or agencies, institutions beyond accounting... ...and hip-shooting private agencies, too!
...Let that sink in for a moment! Reader, stuff like this going on, unceasingly, is common enough to require no citation. This is forgetting Suffolk is legendary for its traditional corruption and John Ford, apparently, one of its few straight-shooters... I digress...
John Ford was something else, too, friends. He was stubborn.
Finally, John Ford was something else, notwithstanding. He was EASY to discount, reader. He was EASY to marginalize. He was easy to discredit! Fairness and Justice, of course, must be entirely discarded, but... ...easy.
John Ford may have been one last thing, reader. He may have been crazy! Let's all take a deep breath.