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I was in the north side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in an area afflicted by sky-high levels of gun violence. The last few years have seen a surge in homicides and a mounting distrust of the police … One of America’s most desperate communities. Louis Theroux, Dark States s1e3: Murder in Milwaukee, BBC 2017
‘They shoot and drive off … That’s the shit I’m talking about.’ ibid. resident
‘It’s a sense of hopelessness.’ ibid.
Governor Scott Walker didn’t know who he was messing with when he picked a fight with the hard-working union folks of Wisconsin. He must have forgotten that Wisconsin is the Badger State. And badgers are scrappy little creatures. We may look cute, warm and fuzzy, but we have a fighting spirit. Gwen Moore
Wisconsin doesn’t look kindly on the weeks that slip in between the death of cold and the birth of warmth; Persephone may have left her husband, but she isn’t home yet, and this is one state that’ll be damned before it lets anyone forget it. Seanan McGuire, Sparrow Hill Road
A rich fertile countryside which grows everything known to this climate in abundance. Arena: Wisconsin Death Trip, BBC 1999
Winter hits town hard: Trouble with children and much disease … The mines close down and the banks collapse … Some Germans and Norwegians go mad … ibid. newspaper
Mary Sweeney: Her uncontrollable mania for breaking windows. ibid.
Spring: Trouble with the young people … drug taking, arson and lovelorn suicides … curious superstitions among the Norwegians … and a terrible murder leads to a manhunt … ibid.
Summer: Trouble with courting couples … drunkenness and vexations over religious matters … Mary Sweeney tours Wisconsin … witches, devils and murders. ibid.
Mary Sweeney, the schoolteacher known as the Wisconsin Window Smasher, has just completed a tour of the principle towns and jails of the state. She claims to have destroyed $50,000’ worth of glass on her recent trip. ibid.
Fall: The Tribulations of middle age … marital strife leads to much shooting … hard times afflict the nation and the town … and a famous opera singer mysteriously arrives at the station … ibid.
Winter: Trouble with old people and their amorous desires … a horrifying discovery … ghosts … more news of Mary Sweeney and Pauline L’Allemand … ibid.
‘White-power skinhead neo-Nazi groups – they are ready to lash out and hurt other people.’ Active Shooter: America. Under Fire s1e7: Oak Creek, Wisconsin, ex Hammerskins band member, Showtime 2017
The ‘Guardawar’, or Sikh temple of Wisconsin, was established on October 1st 1997. ibid. caption
August 5th 2012: ‘I was like – there’s a shooter outside.’ ibid. girl
The shooter fired 51 bullets. 10 people were shot. 6 were killed. ibid. caption
Soon after the incident, the FBI, police, and other authorities began to piece together the sequence of events that occurred inside the temple. ibid.
You have to have a special ID to vote in Madison, to vote in Wisconsin, not just a regular student ID. That’s over 100,000 … You have to prove you’re in good standing. Greg Palast, interview The Keiser Report August 2020
It attacks from above relentlessly pursuing its victims. It’s believed to be an omen of death and disaster. MonsterQuest s4e5: Mothman, History 2010
Wisconsin: Near some of the last untouched wilderness in the mid-West and the perfect hiding place. Eyewitnesses report seeing a creature seven feet tall with a large wingspan ten to fifteen feet across and weighing an estimated 250 pounds. Part man and part beast it has dark hair and eyes that glow a ghostly red at night. ibid.
The monster came to the public’s attention in 1966 when West Virginia newspapers began reporting on a series of strange sightings. ibid.