October 30th, 2003 issue #0243

October 30th, 2003
  • Halloween mystery: 99 years later, the McCue murder

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  • Hearsay: Why he was found guilty

    In this issue's cover story, writer Paul Forrest Jones makes a persuasive case for Sam McCue's innocence in the 1904 murder of his wife, Fannie McCue. Why, then, did the husband swing for the crime? It all starts with the weaponry– and their curiously careful placement after the crime. Sam McCue's Winchester pump shotgun was found leaning beside the bathroom door– an unusual spot for an interloper to leave a murder weapon. Ditto for the bat which had bludgeoned her: It was found propped by the tub.

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  • Mute testimony: The missing killer?

    On night of murder of Mrs. Fannie McCue of Sept. 4th, 1904, I saw Dr. McCue go in Sam's house, and five or ten minutes later, I saw a boy or lad run fast out of the house down south Park Street to the city, I thought like Wm. McCue (white hat & dark clothes). I also saw same time four boys at the mailbox talking & smoking. I don't know the names of the young boys. –Neighbor Frank Massie's intriguing note, which was entered into the court record but unheralded in trial testimony  #

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  • Permanent vows: What's a widower to do?

    ESSAY I was perusing the obituaries over coffee the other morning, looking for the odd limerick or letter addressed to the deceased. I do this often. It gives me great comfort to know that communication with the other side is as easy as a paid announcement in the newspaper. It's not only a convenient way to keep the departed abreast of current events; it's a way for the departed to maintain a place at the table, so to speak.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst firestorm: Southern California is ablaze. Ten wildfires have destroyed over 1,000 homes and killed at least 15 people. Best decision in a sniper trial: After two days...

The Dish

  • Fair trade? Coffee debate winds up in cup

    Tall or grande? Regular or decaf? Free trade or fair trade? Once again, coffee questions are multiplying– only this time some questions involve a major global debate....

Question of the Week

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Escapism: Farm it or don't-- your choice

    ADDRESS: 661 Farmview Road ASKING: $325,000 SIZE: 3784 fin. sq. ft., 864 unfin. YEAR BUILT: 1987 NEIGHBORHOOD: Greene County CURB APPEAL: 6 out of a possible 10 LISTED BY: ...

Real Estate - Update

  • Update

    What happened to "On the Blocks" of the past? APPEARED IN THE HOOK: April 17, 2003, in issue #0215 ADDRESS: 208 South Street ASKING PRICE: $750,000 SELLING PRICE: $606,000 ...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Foreclosure auctions

    November 6, at 9:45am, at the Orange County Courthouse Property: 105 Musket Lane, Lake of the Woods Debtor: Margaret C. and Charles R. Gallion Jr. Amount owing: unknown Bi...

Movie Reviews

  • Cut to the chase: Women in lust and jeopardy

    Call me a perv (I'll answer), but I've never had a desire to see Meg Ryan naked. Maybe it goes back to when I was punished for playing doctor with the girl next door, but I...

Music Reviews


  • "Jaws will drop": Live Arts lands in new digs

    Thirty-five thousand concrete blocks. Four million dollars. Five years of dreams. That, says Live Arts artistic director John Gibson, is what it took to bring the new Live ...

  • Big 'Buy' here: But Crutchfield has no fear

    If you build it, will they come? Alex Howe will. "Best Buy has everything a guy could want," says the fourth year UVA student. Howe and other gadget fanatics haven't yet le...

  • Emergency symbol: Controversy in BOS race

    Eric Strucko is a compulsive volunteer. In designing campaign materials for his race to represent the White Hall district on the Board of Supervisors, he chose symbols to r...

  • Fur flees: Rummage sale shuns pelts

     When word got out that the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA would be selling donated furs at its biannual rummage sale, some animal lovers got their dander up. "Disgu...

  • Profit and loss: Film Fest highs and lows

    After four days of nonstop movie-going at the 16th Virginia Film Festival, The Hook crawled home and emptied its pockets of ticket stubs, which rained down like betting sli...

  • Scary tale: Nightmare on N. Berkshire

    Ken and Heidi Vanderford's horror story began August 3, the day they moved into their new house off Angus Road. A sudden storm caused a river to run through their downstair...

  • York statue: Nation's first dedicated in Louisville

    America's first statue of York, the only slave on the famed Lewis & Clark expedition, was dedicated earlier this month alongside the Ohio River. Created by sculptor Ed ...

The Brazen Careerist

  • Busy? Don't give me that!

    Let's abolish the word busy. When you ask someone, "How have you been?" and they say, "Busy," it doesn't mean anything. I'm sick of it. We all have the same 24 hours to fil...

Strange But True




  • Daycare story should be told

    I was very upset to read the October 23 letter by Mark and Michelle Conner, "Stop bullying Bright Beginnings." The Hook has done its journalistic job of keeping our communi...

Cultural preview

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4Better Or Worse


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Real Estate - Update

Real Estate Property auctions

The Brazen Careerist