This morning in Dallas, at the State Fair of Texas, the iconic "Big Tex" burned up.
When I saw the photos of the fire, I was reminded of the ritual sacrifice in the 1973 film The Wicker Man. Interestingly, this year, the Scottish band Texas headlined at Scotland's Wickerman Festival, where each year a burning of a wicker man concludes festivities. The festival kicked off this summer on July 20, the day James Holmes shot up the theater in Aurora. (Another Holmes, Emily Holmes, appeared in the crappy 2006 remake of The Wicker Man.) Holmes means "from the river island." The setting of The Wicker Man is on an island, and the original film's production was based at Newton Stewart on the River Cree.
Holmes, fairs, and death also intersect in the story of one of America's first known serial killers, Dr. Henry Howard Holmes. This Holmes designed and built a deathtrap hotel, and he lured victims to his hotel from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
Maury Terry's belief, as outlined in his book The Ultimate Evil, that David Berkowitz was associated with a cult and that the Son of Sam murders were ritual sacrifices, also comes to mind. In the famous letter sent to Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin, the .44 Caliber Killer references "Wicked King Wicker."
I hope everyone has a good time at Cryptozalooza!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Big Tex Burns
I was in Dallas, Texas, on October 19, 2012, in transit to a conference in Jefferson. By coincidence, Big Tex caught on fire. I'm not able to pen too much from the road.
Allow me to share what Enki writes: