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Wah Mee and corruption

2006-03-31 21:05:20.842766+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

There was recently a shooting spree in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle (Anita Rowland provided that link and others). In reading more about it, including Joshua Norton's rambling about feeling like the alienated outsider in the rave scene, I ran across "worst in Seattle since the 'Wah Mee massacre'.

Todd Matthews has a fascinating long article on the Wah Mee massacre, an incident in 1983 in which fourteen people were killed in a robbery on an illegal gambling hall. But Todd Matthews goes deeper than just the incidents of the day, delving back into Seattle's history of police corruption, of black market vice (and the necessity of gambling and prostitution to a vibrant economy), and of race relations. I've only read up to chapter 3 of 16 plus an epilogue, but so far it's been fascinating.

[ related topics: Law Enforcement Gambling Seattle Economics ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-04-06 02:07:54.800364+00 by: Shawn

Joshua speaks to me - hell, he speaks for me.