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In London.

12 Jul

July 12, 2014

It was a not-so-rare night in the city. Dark and cloudy, no moon, no stars.

And no houselights, gas lights, or headlights.

This was London. It was World War II. And Lt. Russ Wyndham was being followed.

The man tailing Wyndham wasn’t doing too good a job at it. Even in the near-total blackness, he did such a poor job of hiding that Wyndham couldn’t help but be aware of him, and the noise he made gave him away with nearly every footstep.

Lt. Wyndham wasn’t expecting to be followed and didn’t know what to do. He was just over from the US, attached to military intelligence more because of family connections than any skill or capability. Pearl Harbor had just been attacked and Wyndham had enlisted, not out of any sense of patriotism or duty, but because he smelled the chance to get away from a messy affair with a married woman and an unwanted baby. His family was rich enough, and thoroughly arrogant enough, that if their youngest scion had to ditch his lover and illegitimate child, they’d be damned if he was going to do it as some enlisted grunt digging ditches.

Wyndham’s tail knocked over a garbage can, and the noise was so loud that, against wartime regulations, several blackout curtains were pulled aside, flooding the street with light as nervous men and women looked out to see what was going on. Wyndham could no longer pretend to be unaware of the tail, especially as the short and somewhat fat man following him was now illuminated from nearly all directions.

Both men were panicked. In Wyndham the panic manifested as paralysis. He didn’t know what to do, where to go, what to do, to run, to hide, to run to panic to scream to hide to yell to cry to-

The other man’s panic caused him to stand in his spot as well, but he was shaking, oh how was he shaking, he was afraid, so afraid, so very afraid of the man in the uniform ahead of him, what’s he going to do he’s seen me he’s looking at me why are all these people looking at me why can’t they shut the windows I could hide in the dark I’m afraid of the man afraid of the man afraid of the man with the gun the gun the gun he pulled a gun and-

-and in full view of the exactly six witnesses peeking around the curtains, the man who would one day have “Private Investigator” printed on his office window  fired a gun for the first time outside of basic training and murdered a man.

It would be many years before Hollywood Russell knew why he was being followed, but in only a few days Lt. Russ Wyndham would face a court-martial.

in London

 

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The Treasure Chest of Terrible Toys: The Adolph Hitler Doll (Historic Yet Awful Repost)

24 Aug

August 25, 2013

Summer is nearing an end, so you know what that means. Hitler!

from January 5, 2013

HITLER DOLL HEADER

hitler doll

This doll is made, I fervently hope, not for children but for the collector’s market. The totally messed-up and psychologically screwy collector’s market. The Adolph Hitler doll is a part of the War Ciminals of the 2oth Century series. Other dolls in the set include Himmler and Castro.

Here are a few comments from around the web:

From Graveyardrecords.com:

This doll was made by In The Past Toys of Staten Island, New York in 2000 and became 1 of the hardest dolls of Adolf Hitler to every be made, it is also the best looking doll to ever be made. The likeness is dead on and looks just as Adolf did at the height of his power..

This doll stands about 12″ tall and the box is in Near Mint condition with only minor self wear.

Please keep in mind that Graveyard Records & Movie Maniacs is only selling this doll due to it’s historic / collector purpose and is not intended to glorify, nor exploit the horrors and atrocities of war.

From vice.com:

“All the GI Joe collectors I used to meet would say how lousy figures were these days,” Deborah says from her studio in Staten Island. “They would go on about how nobody was making figures that collectors really wanted to see. I decided the best one to make would be Hitler.

“At first I had one or two people complaining, but the overall response to the figure has been amazing.

Obviously not one to be held back in her commercial ambitions by taste or decency, Deborah’s soon launching a set of serial killer dolls including Charles Manson, the Hillside Strangler, David Berkowitz aka the Son Of Sam, “Hannibal the Cannibal, and the Chainsaw Massacre guy.”

Even better, she’s about to create a line of “Middle Eastern Agitators,” which will feature 12-inch, detailed-to-the-max dolls of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

Who’s next? Quaddafi? The Ayatollah?

“I can’t tell you our secrets, but there’s going to be 15-20 new figures out this year. Don’t rule anything out.”

Seriously, who wants these dolls? Who is clamoring for a Charles Manson doll?

If you need a Hitler doll, keep it to yourself.

I just don’t get it. I would not play with this, I would not display this, I would not let any hint escape that I own this.

Never mind registration for guns, I want registration for Hitler doll owners.

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