A Birdie Blind Item
Interesting, the choice of subject matter by the best-selling writer whose one particular work you may have read, or even now seen.
By interesting, I mean, his late father, and his own past.
If you’re a student of a particular generational movement, way back in the day, or have even seen the movie about a certain incident, it all seems justified. But that’s only part of the story.
Yes, he married, of course, but his secret predilections were closer to those of his longtime, literal follower.
In fact, according to the deathbed confession of a recently deceased former vice cop, he was the one behind a string of disappearances in the district famous for theater and other, more discreet services.
He would earn the boy’s trust by plausibly claiming he was reporting on their plight, even giving them money for food and a place to stay.
But when they came to trust him well enough to get into his car, it was the last anyone would see of them.
And, really, when it came to most of the boys, who would even miss them?
The son knows nothing of his father’s secret life.
Who might have?
This other writer, who famously left the country for good before any of it happened.
Whenever the father would visit, one or two boys employed as a certain kind of household servant would vanish, presumed, usually, to have run away.
Best selling writer: Caleb Carr
One particular work: The Alienist
Late father: Lucien Carr
was a key member of the original New York City circle of the Beat Generation in the 1940s; later he worked for many years as an editor for United Press International
The 2013 movie Kill Your Darlings is a fictionalized account of the killing in Riverside Park that tells a version of the murder similar to the version portrayed in And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks. In the movie, David Kammerer is a pedophile and stalker, and Lucien Carr is portrayed as a young man who is conflicted by feelings of codependence and hate towards Kammerer, forced into sex in exchange for essays written by Kammerer.
Longtime, literal follower: William S. Burroughs
Other writer, who famously left the country: Allen Ginsberg
Was an American poet, philosopher and writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation during the 1950s and the counterculture that soon followed.