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aldotcom 13 points

Ervin Heard was mentioned in the first episode of the "S-Town" podcast as being a police officer who sexually abused women he pulled over. John B. McLemore told podcast host Brian Reed, "And after this dude got arrested--you know that recent email I sent you about that Ervin Lee Heard that had been basically falsely imprisoning women and using them for sex slaves? No one talks about that."

sraffetto6 6 points

Hey Ben thanks for doing this, might be too late for this question, but I watched the video in the article and there's an image shown of a burning ship. Would the Clotilda have had a similar deck arrangement to that ship shown? It almost appeared to have several tiers of decking on the stern. Possibly living quarters, like captains cabin

aldotcom 3 points

John Sledge here, might be too late to answer this. But no, the Clotilda only had one deck, she was a two masted schooner.

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aldotcom 4 points

Ben Raines here - This is one for the archaeologists. It is going to take several months probably. Both the state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have to issue permits. That will involve comment periods and review, so necessarily months at a minimum. As to what is in the hull, if it is the Clotilda, I think we'd see manacles, or other evidence of means to confine prisoners. There might be pens built in the hull. I'd think we will find casks that once stored food, rum, etc., chain, plates and silverware, all sorts of things that would have been in a ship but not valuable enough to remove in a hurry as you were sinking the thing in the dead of night.

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aldotcom 4 points

Third suspect picked up. I think that's all of 'em.

camsmith328 2 points

Our academic buildings are on lock down it sounds like the director of reslife is telling people to lock doors and turn off the lights. We still haven’t heard anything other than no active danger. The suspect on campus was knocking on dorm doors and offering people money to hide him

aldotcom 2 points

Carol reports a second suspect is in custody, but it's not clear if this was the suspect BSC was warning about.

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aldotcom 19 points

There was a shootout at Western Hills Mall. A manager was killed. Then a chase down the interstate, and now a manhunt for the suspects. Here's what we have so far.

Carol Robinson is tweeting from the scene.

aldotcom 7 points

Appears there is now a second victim:

Another person was shot, grazed in the head, according to Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton. He stopped his car on the interstate. Police think he was shot by the same people involved in the shooting at the mall but do not believe this victim is a suspect.

berniej1 12 points

It’s 9:30 pm on a Tuesday night. I’m shuffling down the empty isles in my loafers and cardigan. I have the entire store to myself, besides the disabled candy man out front and the high couple with chips and salsa clutched under their arms, giggling in the frozen pizza section.

After checking out the sketchy sushi, that I will never buy(again), I mosey on around to the back. Humming along with the always delightful playlist they have playing there, I swing a left and pick up my half&half for my soon to be made White Russian.

As I give a nod to the ever present, lackadaisical, Birmingham authority figure at the end of the check out line, I think to myself, “man, I bet this guy’s seen some shit.” I then groove cruise on home to enjoy my night cap and an episode of The Office.

I love The Western. The Dude abides.

aldotcom 3 points

Sometimes there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about the Dude here--sometimes there's a man who, well, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there--and that's the Dude, in the Western Supermarket.

aldotcom 1 point

Seems like there was some discussion about this a while back.

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aldotcom 107 points

Verification is here.

A few quotes from long-time inmates, since the video is rather long:

“If every time you take a shower, he’s taking a shower, that right there, that’s an automatic red flag.”

“You have the short con and you have the long con. The short con is, okay, I’m going to beat you up, you gonna be my slave. That’s the short con. Where the long con is, I’m gonna protect you, I’m gonna be there for you, I’m your buddy. Well hey, I’ve done all this for you, now I want you to do this for me.”

aldotcom 1 point

It starts out a bit boring with some boilerplate from the DOC, but gets more serious after a few minutes in. Some of the advice from inmates:

“If every time you take a shower, he’s taking a shower, that right there, that’s an automatic red flag.”

“You have the short con and you have the long con. The short con is, okay, I’m going to beat you up, you gonna be my slave. That’s the short con. Where the long con is, I’m gonna protect you, I’m gonna be there for you, I’m your buddy. Well hey, I’ve done all this for you, now I want you to do this for me.”

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