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1, Jul 17, 2009

Bridge, Violence, Murder and Family Fight in 1920s

Filed under: Reading — admin @ 12:17 am

Recently a book came to my attention as it actually happened in Kansas City. I did not believe it was a true story. But after a shallow digging, it is sadly and dreadfully true. The Devil’s Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age, by Gary M. Pomerantz, newly published June 9, 2009, 80 years after the murder.

The plot is very straight-forward. A couple play bridge with another couple, with each couple as partner to each other. Mr. Bennett of Kansas City had the habit of slapping his wife when he was mad. He it again during this fateful evening of bridge, driving his wife to the same degree of madness, to the extent that the wife killed the husband with a few gunshots. The wife was later acquitted.

The story may be tragic, yet the book is a good read, entertaining and also opening a window into American life in 1920s, the roaring age and leaving readers wondering about all possibilities involved in family, bridge, and marriage. A family violent fight can possibly turn deadly. So scary when you think of your house as a haven instead of a battleground. Read it with a sweet chocolate in hand because the book does not leave you a pleasant taste in your month.

You will have a better understanding of the 1920s after you read Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920’s, by Frederick Lewis Allen, originally published in 1931. It is an excellent and interesting history book on an unique era of drastic changes in American history–between the end of the WWW I in 1918 and the stock market crash of 1929.

By the way, I talked to my mother over the phone on Wednesday evening, 7/15, and learned that a fight between two adults, not just verbal but physical, occurred in the family of the 11-year-old boy who used to live with me here. The couple even got my mother involved. Things became ugly to the point that my mother told them to move out of her house. There is always something going on, as if we don’t have enough of domestic violence.
Not husband and wife, just dog and cat over bridge

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