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22,000 B.C.: 23,482 years before Columbus. It’s the Ice Age ... Off the coast of Virginia someone hunted a mastodon and left a clue that could mean Europeans really were the very first to find America. Mystery Files s2e10: Sitting Bull, National Geographic 2011
In 1640, the very first gun control law ever enacted on these shores was passed in Virginia. It provided that blacks, even freemen, could not own guns. Ann Coulter, Negroes with Guns
Today, I offer the Commonwealth’s sincere apology for Virginia’s participation in eugenics. We must remember the Commonwealth’s past mistakes in order to prevent them from recurring. Mark Warner, cited BBC News 3rd May 2002
They’re building a bridge over the Potomac for all the white liberals fleeing to Virginia. George C Wallace
My next stop is Petersburg which Appleton’s tells me is a well-built city at the head of navigation. Michael Portillo, Great American Railroad Journeys XV: Petersburg to Jamestown, BBC 2016
And in south-western Virginia … what caused a 47-acre lake to suddenly disappear? Secrets of the Underground s1e4, Sky 2017
For decades families made Mountain Lake a part of their summer tradition. Then, in 2002, something bizarre started happening. The lake levels began to drop dramatically, and by 2008, it had completely vanished. ibid.
It’s a pretty active earthquake zone … A huge hole … water is actively getting sucked out. ibid.
In Huntington, West Virginia, I was spending time with heroin users. The city’s been swept up in the most deadly drug epidemic in US history. For several weeks I’ve been trying to get to grips with why. Louis Theroux: Dark States: Heroin Town I, BBC 2017
‘I’ve used since I was 12.’ ibid. 26-year-old Petty Betty
In Huntington as many as one out of four adults is addicted to heroin or some other form of opiate. ibid.
Last year in Huntington one out of ten babies was born dependent on opiates. ibid.
Heroin addiction notoriously tenacious and treatment very difficult. ibid.
After Charlottesville Frontline and Pro Publica reporter A C Thompson investigates who was behind the violent riot and uncovers a network across America that goes beyond Charlottesville. Frontline: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville, PBS 2018
Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12th 2017: Charlottesville was a crime scene … The largest gathering of White Supremacists in a generation: they called it Unite the Right. ibid.
I’m able to identify several more RAM [Rise Above Movement] members. ibid.
In the state of Virginia the law is strict: if the rent is late by five days the landlord has the right to begin the eviction process. Poverty in the USA: Being Poor in the World’s Richest Country, Endevr films 2022
Richmond: Budget hotels on the outskirts of the city have become a refuge for those kicked out of their homes. ibid.
Mary Donald was one of the victims. In 1946 when Mary was only 10 years old the sheriff brought her to Lynchburg only with her brother and sister. Her mother was already there. Mary had no idea why she had been taken to the colony. When she arrived she was frightened and confused. Secret History s3e5: The Lynchburg Story, Channel 4 1994
At the Lynchburg colony Mary was 1 or 1,700 inmates. Some were epileptic, mentally retarded or severely disabled. Most however like Mary had been committed using the spurious diagnosis of feeble mindedness. ibid.
What Mary and the inmates did not know was that they were to be sexually sterilised as part of a systematic program of social engineering. ibid.
Lynchburg Va Feb 21 (AP): More than 4,000 men, women and children were sterilized in a 50-year program … ibid. newspaper article
Grave concerns over the legality and the ethics of a state-run program began to be voiced. ibid.
In the dead of night on a moonless Halloween a group of adventurous friends decide to test their courage by visiting the infamous Bunny Man Bridge in Clifton, Virginia. True Crime Recaps: What Draws Thousands of Visitors to Clifton, Virginia, Each Year? Youtube 6.44, 2023
A bone-chilling laugh echoes through the night making everyone’s blood run cold, and out of the darkness a figure emerges. It’s the Bunny Man. He’s dressed in tattered bloodstained bunny fur clutching an axe in his gloved hand. He stares at them with lifeless hollow eyes, his furry bloody ears smeared with blood and grime. The friends freeze in fear. They can’t move a muscle. The Bunny Man raised his axe, and in one swift motion, he swings it down but it passes right through them. ibid.
Clifton, Virginia, hosts thousands of visitors during spooky season. ibid.