While the Griffith name today is associated with the Los Angeles park and the observatory, during his time, G.J. Griffith was associated with other things: real estate, social climbing, and a horrifying domestic abuse scandal.
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our committee pancakes, I'm Polly FRY and I'm Tracy Wealth, then. So, if you have spent time in Lausanne this, or, if you even read about the city or heard about it in passing youth of probably heard of Griffith Park, that is a huge space. It's forty five, acres incredibly large for municipal park in a city for comparison, central power. In Manhattan is eight hundred forty two point: six acres and more than three thousand of those acres were donated all at once for the founding of the park by a single man named Griffith, J Griffith, that name in an self makes me feel a little there. You have it. There is a huge dad too of Griffith Parks entrance and, while his name today is associated with the park and the observatory during This time he was associated with some other things: real estate, social, climbing Andy scandal that occupy
columns and columns of newspapers around the country. Heads up this episode is going to talk quite a bit particularly in the back half about a pretty horrifying instance of domestic violence, and the court cases associated with it as well as the act itself. So just know that that's in this episode, Griffith Jenkins Griffith, was born on January. Fourth, one thousand eight hundred and fifty in whales, and we don't really know a lot about his early years. We do know that the river family was very poor. They had a subsistence farm and Griffiths Father also took mining works to make ends meet when he was Just a teenager Griffith, who was the oldest child in the family, travelled to the United States with his uncle in eighteen, sixty five Griffith attended
cool in Pennsylvania and after his education was complete, he started working as a reporter in eighteen. Seventy is Griffith travelled to the West Coast, making his way to San Francisco California S report on the mining industry there through his work covering mining interests. He started to be seen as really an expert on the subject and this lead to additional income as he started working as a consultant. He offered his knowledge of the industry as a whole, as well as specific information about various operations to heads of different companies. He also started his own mining ventures. Making decisions based on his wealth of knowledge, which turns to actual whelp pretty quickly as these operations were successful. Yet there is actually a lot a variation in the stories of how he made his money. Some will suggest that he made it consulting, but really he didn't make as much as he claimed other say he had these side mining things going on the basically,
the time he moved to LOS Angeles in eighteen. Eighty two. He did have a pretty significant message with him that he had amassed and he use that money to. Devilish a reputation as a powerful businessmen because he primary We use that money to invest in land in the city at the end of eighteen, eighty two Griffith purchased, Rancho lost believes and yes, we know that angeleno say less populous about this. For a man named Thomas Bell, the land had been owned by a woman named Maria Ignacio Fleas, who, in a had inherited the ranch after her husband, died. She later remarried taking the last name for do go, and at that point Spain was still and control the region. Having sees the land from indigenous Gabrielle Lino Tonga Peoples, the police family eventually lost control of the property and it changed hands several times before this purchase when Griffith acquired it and by the time Dj Griffith purchase. Rancho LOS fillies it had a reverie
nation as a cursed property, but he did not seem to mind the large tracts tract of land that he bought that made up the Rancho property included when they now call Us Phyllis over lake and the section of the Santa Monica Mountains Griffith saw his property acquisition as the beginning of an entirely new venture. He truly intended to build our ranching business there. He imported livestock, thousands of sheep, a hundred and fifty cows and fifty horses. He built a railway around this huge. Property and he also started an ostrich farm yeah. He had a business partner in an ostrich farm, but one of the reasons He was buying this ranch land setting up infrastructure and developing it as as this little oasis, just outside the city was he was making a lot of money in the land boom and he was actually selling off lots as neighborhoods from the southern portion of the land sea.
Claim that he already had like some infrastructure and some business going there and wouldn T want to live here. Now is the time Griffiths Ranch with outside the LOS Angeles city limits, but he definitely inserted himself right into the middle of the city's social seen. People saw him as a climber, and it Sir Loafer, and he was referred to by a number of unflattering, nicknames and descriptions that hey, most of which might be quote a Rowley Poli pompous little fellow, but Griffith was intent on becoming a promise. Citizen of his new home town in one way than he sought to do. This was through civic minded acts. So, for example, here the city of LOS Angeles water rights along the Ellie River at a very discounted price. And this was a really vital step in the cities developing infrastructure. He probably could have set a price that gouged municipal budget, because they really really needed access to that water, but
some combination of genuine desire to do good and also hopes that his generosity would be recognised and gave him some clout grey, It went ahead and sold it at a financial loss. Griffith also knew the value that a well made marriage match could have on his reputation, enter Louis Mesmer and his lovely daughters. Mesmer was quote a pioneer resident and one of the best known citizens of LOS Angeles Mesmer, who had been born France was an industrious man who had worked as a baker and a minor and ultimately settled in LOS Angeles and eighteen. Fifty nine, the population was a mere three thousand. Five hundred peas started built and sold a number of businesses in the city and laid some of them.
Cement sidewalk and allay on the edge of one of his properties by the time Griffith arrives in L, a mesmer was a well established, well respected businessmen who had acquired significant whelp. Additionally mesmerist daughters, Lucille and Christina were named as inheritors of a huge fortune from a family friend who was Andre Brisk Walter, naturally gryphus went right for the first family of LOS Angeles at the time and started a court ship with Christina Mesmer, whose Volney was Mary Agnes, Christina Mesmer, although she went by either Christina or often Tina.
The two were married on January: twenty seventh eighteen, eighty seven and their wedding was covered in the papers as a quote union of two very wealthy LOS Angeles families by right out of the gate. Even before the wedding, there were issues between Griffith and the Mesmer family over money. After the invitations had already been mailed out, Griffith insisted that Christina sign over her rights to her inheritance to him. He initially thought she was the hearing, all of Rings Walter's landholdings and was reported. We really angry when he found out that she was to split that real estate inheritance with her sister Lucy. That was when he insisted that he gain control of the inheritance and thus put Tina and are really terrible spot. She didn't want to call off the wedding and wealthy acquiesce to his request, her siblings, that particular found this whole thing really distasteful. They never really trusted Griffith. After that Griffith antenna had a son.
After they married named him bandeau. That was there only child and Griffith also adopted a number of rather pretentious characteristics during his ascension. Among them the angel S Elite, so he started work. With a cane that he did not need, presumably because he thought it made him look distinguished he were very expensive. Flamboyant close any started You refer to himself by the title of colonel, even though he had no military career to speak of, but people accepted instead calling him Colonel Griffith Historians, speculated that this was likely Griffith kind of over compensating for a childhood of poverty, but for of all the money actually knows they. Just this always really ridiculous, p cocking. So, as the nineteenth century was drawing to a close Griffith changed LOS Angeles forever. With one grand gesture, I will talk about how Griffith Park was established after we pause for a quick sponsor break
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in December eighty ninety six Griffith gifted the city of LOS Angeles with quite a Christmas surprise. Three thousand fifteen acres of land from Rancho those Felice to be used exclusively as a park that land had not been developed in any way and Griffith wanted a lot of it to stay that way. This was an extravagant gifts and Griffiths motivations and making it have been debated over the years for when he continued to want to be seen as successful and important This gesture certainly went a long way in that regard, additionally, that their nation offered Griffith a way to get out of paying taxes on the land and the real estate boom was in decline. So selling off the land in parcels was not as lucrative as once why's. He did, though, also seem to have a fairly genuine interest in civic philanthropy, and he did want law Angel is to have a park system we have,
before in the show about how places like central Park in the mall in Washington DC were inspired in part. My people wanting to establish those cities as cosmopolitan on a level that would match the cities of Europe and they are public spaces and Griffith who had travelled a bit by this point, was similarly influenced by the grand public spaces he had visited around the world and on the? U S EAST coast, and I was part of his desire to donate the park Land and Griffith own words quote. I consider it my obligation to make LOS Angeles a happier, cleaner and finer city. I wish to pay my dad Our duty in this way to the community in which I have prospered and the deed which transferred ownership to allay City Council, was very specific about the fact that the land was for a park and a park only that, indeed, is actually part of the the delay archives they actually have framed in the hall,
includes the phrase quote to be used as a public park for purposes of recreation, health and pleasure for the use and benefit of the inhabitants of the said city of LOS Angeles forever, the The council also passed an ordinance that named the park after Griffiths shortly after all of this began, so it is legally required to be named to Griffith Park, even though Griffith have given up the lamp, so he kept feeling connected to it and retained a sense of ownership over at, even though he legally had no claim to it, but in his eyes he believes he did. There was a clause in the deed that he turned over to the city. That mentioned specifically, but if the city did not maintain the land in a manner that upheld that mission statement, ownership of the land would revert back to the Griffith family and its past. Bull that Griffith actually believe this was gonna happen. He certainly frequently wrote letters to the city and the Part Commission stating that he fell.
Things were not being done correctly regarding the acreage he had donated. He also served on the parks city. So he had a little bit of say in that regard, even if he didn't actually owned the property any longer. Griffith vision was for the part to include both the aesthetics of the european gardening tradition, with manicured uncultivated spaces, as well as the significant retention of the natural space. That was indeed how the city designed the park. Yet, if you, if you ever visit Griffith Park, it's really sort of marvellous, because it is a lot of a lot of space that is in its natural state, and then they had a zoo. At one point, there slick famous Mary go rambled about in the hour Friday episode, but yeah he managed to set this up in. It has retained that identity that it was always intended to have per his instructions. So Griffith had at this point kind of published what he set out to do in his bid to become an important part in the LOS Angeles community and at least in,
he remained so to this day and if he had lived out there of his life peacefully. After this he probably would have a pretty good contain legacy in history as a slightly eccentric, but ultimately benevolent philanthropists, who made and married a lot of money and then used it to better his city. But the next chapter of his life took a very dark turn. Just as Gryphus, seem to have gotten all that he wanted. He started to drink more heavily, and this started to impact his mental state as he develop a lot of paranoid ideas that started to govern his behavior and reading through all this and like the parts that we're about to get into it like. I have thoughts about like the cause and effect cycle of all of this is an event that happened in September of nineteen. Eighty three, Griffith legacy for ever he Encina went on a summer vacation to Santa Monica. They stayed at the arcade
a hotel, along with their son Van who was fifteen at the time and Griffith behaved strangely. During the family stay in Santa Monica. He had decided Someone was trying to poison him and he suspected that it could actually be the pope. This concern the Pope seems to have been rooted in a very Anti Catholic, biased that he had, and it was man resting in his paranoia key would insist on switching the plates at the table settings during the trip because he leave that they might have poison residue on them. It has been estimated that Griffith at this point in his life, was drinking roughly two quarts of whisky. Each day that is sixty four ounces. Just a little less than two leaders, that was also governing some of this very strange behaviour. Griffin
paranoia lets. You are horrific series of events on September. Third, in one version of the story, Tina was sitting at a desk in their hotel room, riding out postcards to friends and family when Griffith entered the room, but then later testimony indicated that she was actually packing for their return home. Regardless, though, of exactly what MRS Griffith was doing, the portion of the story- that's corroborated inconsistent- is that Mr Griffith carried a revolver and a prayer book which was Christina Prayer Book into the room with him and Griffith was a protestant, but in his desire to move up in only society he had married. A Catholic Tina was a devout so in his mind, Griffith started to link his wife, too paranoid delusions about the Pope and had started to, but
Eve on some level that she was conspiring with the head of the catholic Church against her husband, so Griffith handed Tina. The prayer book told her to swear by it that she would answer his questions. Truthfully instructed her to get on her knees and then started interrogating her. He had written his questions down ahead of his conversation, so he was reading them from a card that he had prepared. Kind of like a script was a menu card from the hotel and he had written the question back of it, and while this questioning was going on, he was also pointing his gun at her. He asked her if she had been involved in the death of Andry Breeze Walter, that was the family friend who left Christina and her sister their fortune saying quote do you ever know of bridge Walter being poisoned in your house, Tina answered no Walter had died of blood poisoning which he had gotten due to an infected foot injury, and that was something that
Christina reminded her husband of in this moment. Next Griffith asked his wife. She was poisoning him by asking quote: have you been implicate? it with, or do you know of any one having given me poison Tina, who called Griffith Papa, replied quote why Papa you know I have never harmed a hair on your, His third question was whether Tina was a faithful wife and she stated that she had never been untrue. Griffith had an additional question on his card, but he didn't ask it. He shot Tina after asking the third shot her in the face. The bullet hit. The outer edge of her left eye shattering the bone of her eye socket, and it was reported that, upon impact with the bone, the bullet, fragmented and a piece of it pierced her. I saw her left I was destroyed, but the bullet didn't penetrate into the brain cavity,
the rest of the bullet fragments passed under the skin of her temple and lodged under her scalp. Surprisingly, Christina Gryphus survived this brutal attack. She that I and had some facial disfigurement, but had been fast enough in just kind of reflexively jerk, your head to one side that she sordid Gryphus aim. So he did not hit her squaring the forehead. And after asking her husband, why he shot her. She next jumped out of the window onto the extended roof of the veranda below and there Some versions of this story that indicate that the owners of the hotel saw her and pulled her into their rooms, but the verse but the owners actually gave the press was that she crawled into an open window herself, so keep in mind that Tina at this point had just been shot in the face she couldn't see. She was bleeding a great deal. She also broke her shoulder ass. She jumped out the window, so is incorrect.
Lucky that she was able to get the safety at all mean, while her husband was still in the hotel, he had called to hotel staff that there was an accident and, as a doctor was being called, he found Christina sister to tell her that her sister had been accidently shy, but MRS Griffith was treated at the Arcadia Hotel by a doctor, Crawford that was called by hotel management. She stayed there the rest of the night, she was given an opiate to help her sleep and then, as soon as possible, the following morning she was moved to a hospital. Ass Angelus. She was still unconscious at that point. The headline that ran on September fifth and allay times that detailed this incident was quote bullet in head of MRS G Jake Griffith. She declares that her husband shot her result may be fatal. Christina Griffith account was included in this article reported as having been told to her sister in a moment of consciousness. Sudan related to the paper
According to that account, when Griffith entered the room, he said quote: get your prayer book and kneel down and cover your eyes. I'm going to shoot you and I'm going to kill you. This version didn't include the information that came to light later on involving Griffith aggressive questioning of his wife, because Christina had not been conscious long. To give a more thorough account when she was in the early hospital. Christina Griffith went into surgery so that the bullet fragments could be dislodged from her head. Her surge
Doktor M Elmore told the paper that, while the situation was very serious, he believed that the patient would recover. So this right up stated quote: she either jumped her fell from the window of the room and dropped down to the roof of ports on the level of the floor below. So at this point, Griffith was claiming that this whole thing was an accident, and there was this whole idea that may be his wife had just fallen. His account was that she had been packing a trunk when a revolver that was either inside of it or that she had been holding. For summary, and had accidently discharged, and he said that they had not been quarrelling at all. In an interview with a reporter Griffith said that he and his wife never quarrelled nor importer. To his credit, did ask some very pointed questions about why MRS Griffith would have had one of Mr Griffin Revolvers in her trunk house.
Would have accidentally made her way out of a window that was actually in a gable way. That was away from the main part of the room where their belongings were and whether Griffith was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Greece's came a shrugged off the hard questions. I will say Rapporteur, at the end of that says, like do you say this, holy untrue and he's a go yet wholly so good and kind of shrugs off the hard questions, then claim that in fact he had been sober for several weeks, but the method family was adamant that this was not an accident team of brother gave a quote to the press. That said quote. Mrs Griffith did not shoot herself. The shooting was not an accident. In our opinion, we are sure there was no attempted suicide as yet we make no accusations, but we believe that the shot was not accidental, nor was it fired with. Suicidal intent. That statement was given to a reporter, but before the article actually went to press the Mesmer family contacted the paper again and they asked to have the following
Meant added- and it's kind of if you Did that newspaper it's kind of phone call out box to the side of the article in that statement is quote that it be the consensus of opinion, This meeting that judgment be suspended until MRS Griffith is able to make a statement, but that a full exploit. Should be demanded from Mr Griffith and that a full investigation be made. The family at this point believed that a conflict stemming from religious differences was at the heart of this whole matter, as well as Gryphus drinking to access at this point, Christina was still hospitalized and unconscious, and while her doktor thought that she would recover, nobody was certain whether she actually would the Arcadius landlords, the rights also the statement that they believe that this was an accident and while the status of the Gryphus teenage Son Van Del during this incident had been a matter of confusion, initially your leg,
air was vandal and nobody knew it was eventually discovered that he had in fact been outside when it happened in this. Lee, when asked of his son, had been in the room during the shooting Griffith said he did not, Oh and that he was quote averse to asking the boy Griffith had agreed to be taken into custody, still claiming that it was all an accident, but the last minute he slipped away and went for a drink. This was actually several drinks. He moved from one bar to another and a sheriff deputy trailed him on a ten mile bar crawl before he was able to catch up with J J Griffith The arrest and coming up we're gonna talk about how the legal ramifications of this assault played out, but before we get into let's all take a break, and we will hear from one of the monsters that keep keeps definition history going.
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Tyre incident in case was huge news and for the next several months, leading up to the trial newspapers across the country reported every development in the case missing the fact that Gryphus legal representation had offered Christina thirty five thousand dollars as a divorce settlement, which you would only get if she refused to testify in court against her husband, This was also a move that was intended to get legal blocks on gryphus properties remove, so he could sell them if he wished and included the property that Christina had inherited in the breeze Walter fortune. She did not take. This and, as initial hearings had approached Gryphus defence slowly shift. Away from the story that the shooting was an accident and instead claim alcoholic insanity there were several problem
Mary hearings and the actual trial took place in February of nineteen o four, when Christina Griffith testified. She wore a black veil that covered her whole face. The newspaper report of her testimony stated that quote: the lawyers made MRS Griffith get down from the witness stand and show her sightless eyes, second to each of the jurors in turn, holding up her veil and dark glasses, while each of the twelve looked her scars and deformities critically over, there was not dramatic at all, but pitiful, and one of the most painful incidents that ever happened in Judge Smith's court Christine as time on the stand was, unsurprisingly, quite emotional. She told the court quote. He told me to take my prayer book and get
I'm on my knees that he had some questions to ask me. I begged him to please put the pistol away. I begged him. To put it away. I saw that I was in the hands of a desperate man, so I asked him if I might have time to pray. He said I might so I knelt and raised my eyes and prayed. She describes the questioning and what happens next in at the end of her account. She stated my only thought was to get out dead or alive. That was a statement that grievances, Ernie asked to have stricken from the record Griffith J Griffith was charged with attempted murder. His attorney Earl Rogers tried to discredit Christina and a number of ways and use her testimony that Griffith had threatened to kill her on several occasions, as well as the account of fits paranoia to bolster his clients, insanity, defence, former California, Governor Henry T gauge was Christine his attorney
and he had Rogers as well as the other attorneys present, were so prone to arguing with one another that one reporter claim. The judge quote would be on the point of adjourning for the afternoon to let them fight it out, Yeah, that was a very, was a lot of bickering going on. I Christina had given testimony in several hearings leading up to the trial. At that point, they were out consistent and she had said in all of them that she believed the real reason that Griffith wanted to kill. Her was because she had threatened to leave him due to his drinking and that he knew that that happened. All of his secrets would become public. The fact that he had the stringing problem was definitely something he had been hiding. She had told the proprietor of the hotel when the shooting happened. That Griffith must be crazy. She also spoke of how he had been paranoid about poisoning for years and years, and she had kind of just humored him when he did like wanting to switch plates with her in his defence seized on olives
as evidence that their defence there insanity plea with sound and to some degree that approach works. Griffith was found guilty, not of attempted murder, but of the lesser crime of assault with a deadly weapon. He was sent to two years in prison and a five hour. Dollar fine and was incarcerated. It sank when and while this was believed by a lot of people to be a miscarriage of justice. Mrs Griffith, Where's filing had a better outcome. The judge granted request immediately the whole thing was handled. Julie within five minutes, some say four and a half. So I November fifth nineteen for he was already incarcerated at this time when they had this hearing. The same reason: no examiner ran the story of the proceedings around the divorce after Sir During testimony that she had been shot by her husband after he had instructed her to get on her knees and was allowed to pray, the judge interrupted and asked if this was deliberate and she replied quote, it was deliberate,
made me get down. On my knees, I asked to pray then the Judge ass quote. He then fired Christina Griffith answered. Yes, sir and judge. Next words were decree granted as part of a settlement, it was determined that Christina would retain custody of their son vandal and that Griffith would pay for the boys etiquette San Christina was also awarded sixty five thousand dollars after the divorce was settled. She receded from the public eye and lived out the rest of her life with her sister Lucy ripples family until her death in nineteen. Forty eight at the age of eighty four, when Griffith finished his two year sentence he was sober, repentance and really eager to rehabilitate his image. So after
Several years he once again turn to grand gestures in an effort to re establish himself as a LOS Angeles philanthropist, and one thousand nine hundred and twelve Griffith offered the city of LOS Angeles. One hundred thousand dollars to be put toward building an observatory on Griffith Peak, which is know today, is not Hollywood. But while the city Council had been willing to take a huge gift of land from the man that a lot of people at the time believed to be a society poser, they were not so keen on taking a huge sum of money from him having been convicted of the spelling even if he had served his sentence, I mean the nature of the crime. Also, I think, would be a deterrent. A hundred percent and keep in mind like these are very high level, powerful, wealthy families in the area. So.
It's a little bit tricky because the Mesmer family, of course was very, very powerful and wealthy, but Griffith also kind of in some ways. You know, head the city a little bit over a barrel leg. He had those water rights that he'd essentially given them. It was a little bit weird, but they so they kind of put him off, as they will think about it and then in a similar move the following year. Nineteen thirteen Griffith offered the city fifty thousand dollars. This was to be put towards building a greek theatre in Griffith Park and once again, wasn't exactly. I know, but there wasn't any real movement to accept the offer they kind of like went to operation slow down with it. Griffith was undoubtedly hurt by this refusal to accept his gifts, but he still had a vision for these two projects and, of course, today there are a greek theatre and the Griffith observatory they were built, but that did not happen until later. Nineteen nineteen Griffith died after a prolonged
illness, which is reported as liver trouble. His image was still tarnished in the minds of many of the city's residence. Although the bet you, weary that ran in the early times, did not mention the assault or his conviction or any of that it instead recounted his philanthropic works in kind of left it at that upon his death, it was revealed that Griffith had set up a trust to ensure that his observatory and the Greek Theatre Project did move forward, and the city did use the funds from that trust to carry out construction on both of them. The greek theater was completed in nineteen thirty, and the Griffith observatory was finished in nineteen. Thirty five and now people know his name, which is probably what he wanted in the first place. The content of the Amazon listener mail to take us out do it me being and dumb head in. Our original Betty's Disney episode is from our listener.
He writes Dear Helen Tracy. First off, I went to absolutely love your podcast. It is fascinating and well researched, and I know you both work hard to uplift marginalize stories. That said, I think you made a major misstep with today's episode on job empties D and the blood transfusion race. I am, stand why you chose to include a warning about animal experimentation at the beginning. However, the fact that you included this warning and made no mention of the fact that a human being was abducted and forced to undergo a medical experiment against his will came across as incredibly classes and, frankly, shockingly devoid of empathy. I don't know you personally, but I think I've listened to enough of your work to know this was not your intention. I know you. And having discussions about how graphic to get with various topics other than animals. But I think you need to consider not just what you are saying and these warnings, but what you are saying with these warnings warning. You put on the episode, prioritized the welfare of animals over that of a man experiencing homelessness. You basically said we expect them
under these animals to be more disturbing than the kidnapping, assault and eventual murder of Antwerp Moray more while I'm sorry, Will you actually feel that way, but that is how it came across. As I said, I adore your podcast sorry. This is what it took to get right in? I thought about it multiple times for much happier reasons but never got around to it. Thank you for the work you do, I will say, this is not only this completely valid criticism. I I will say I think part of it for me is that end time there is an early stage called development story. I kind of assume humans are gonna, be horrible to each other. Which is part of why I didn't even occur to me, said Cyril, point. I will just as a correction. He was not homeless, though he was believed to be. He had a home. He just didn't tend to go to it, not makes any difference with just for clarity, because I don't want more one story to become confused me. I mean it's always tricky, and I now the other thing I will say is that we get mix
reactions any time. We issue any kind of warning: yeah yeah their laws. Times when people say. Why did you warn us that ruins the story and it's stupid and people should just know that history is full of horrors and other you say really wish you had told me. This was gonna happen. Tat of a lot of times what I'm trying to make that call it it's a lot of times when it seems like something that would not be expected in the course of the absurd like if the title of the episode is these such and such massacre, and probably not going to issue a warning about there being a lot of violence in episode. But if it's a story about a breed of flowers, and there is some kind of like hurried, murdering and probably going to say something about the murder at the beginning. Those are made up examples.
Right- and I mean I it's one of those things that I thought about. Even with today's episode Ray I knew I wanted to include that domestic violence warning cause. It is horrifying thing that happened. Gas. And not something. You necessarily expect with the man for whom grip park. His name right, if you dont, know his bag story, but I didn't include for example. His ally Hollis M is like an addiction morning, rent or the fact that that the violence was specifically gun, violence right cause. That can be right. I mean that's the thing at it: the it gets to be a tricky dance, and I don't. I was right clearly, because there are so many things that could potentially be troubling to any number of people in some is hard to predict, and also it's probably just there's part of me: that's a jaded and callous
similar coups like, of course, humans treat each other terribly, which I tried not to let drive the bus, but sometimes it blinds me meant I did also want to mention, though that we got an email also from our listener, Rebecca who really really wanted us since we had been time- a blood transfusion to mention to our listeners, the importance of donating blood. If you can Donnie blood, it does a whole lot of good. She says each whole blood donation can save up to three. Lives. If that is not enough to make you think about it, if it's something you can do, I know it's a little tricky,
ring pandemic, so gap there of the city where I live has been really get about like telling people when there is a blood drive and how they can sign up, because our being really careful Bela how many people can be inside the space and all that kind of thing. So I I think I can be a little trick here to find a slot did to do it. For that reason, but there's lots of information available in any particular city about Where did do it? How to do it? Yeah? I think you could probably do blood donation and your whatever you mean your municipality or location is, and you will find a wealth of resources, and I encourage people to do it. It is, as Rebecca said, to an incredible gift that you're, giving and worse particularly at a time when a lot in the world is going around. If you can help something go right, that will probably make you feel better
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