Pierce Hale, Private Eye: Shoulder Pads and “Johnny Mop”

A late summer’s evening in post-war 1940′s Miami, and I guess you get so used to gunfire that after a while you don’t pay much attention to it. Unless, of course, the bullets hit the bricks above your head. I reached out to grab my lady to pull her down.. but she was already lying on the sidewalk, arms over her head, waiting for the sharp raps of machine gun fire to subside.  The silen... Read More »

Dear John: An Unwanted Letter – 1940′s WWII Soldier

A  “Dear John” letter is a letter that a woman writes to either her husband or her boyfriend when she wants to tell him that she wants to end their relationship. Most of the time, there is another man involved. The woman has often found another lover or wants to proceed with her life for another reason, and either doesn’t have the courage to tell the man in person or is separated... Read More »

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