Weird and Wonderful


The Kingstons
The tangled story of the Kingston Clan took much research and reading to unravel. Local newspapers such as The Salt Lake Tribune and Ogden Standard-Examiner were extremely useful for delving into the Kingstons' secret world. Particular newspaper pieces provided much-needed probing into the clan. Here is a partial list of sources; Polygamy and Profit by Lou Kiser for The Denver Rocky Mountain News, Feb. 2000; Polygamy Group Spans N. Utah by Jennifer Gallagher for The Ogden Standard-Examiner, June 1999; several articles by The Salt Lake Tribune's Brooke Adams; and Linda Thompson's pieces on the Kingston lawsuit for The Deseret News. This only scratches the surface. I will list more sources for an upcoming story on the Kingstons' financial empire.
Kingston Bucks
Unraveling the web of Kingston finances was quite a task. Several articles by the Salt Lake Tribune's Brooke Adams were very informative. Another Tribune reporter, Dawn House, wrote an extremely helpful article on Kingston businesses. Jared Blackely's article about the Co-op Mines for The City Weekly provided a great overview of the miners battles with the Kingston family.
Elizabeth Smarts Stories
Crackpot Theories
Most of the information on this I gleamed from the web. The Ask Sollog web site and the Psi Tech Web sites provided a lot of info. I also gathered information from the Skeptical Inquirer which devoted a in depth article debunking Psi Tech's Elizabeth Smart claims. I perused many Usernet groups in the search for postings on the abduction. Alt.truecrime in particular, provided a lot of the better postings. Jan Krakauer's excellent "Under the Banner of Heaven" provided the info on Flora Jessop and her email to authorities.
Life & Times of Brian David Mitchell
The sources for this story were many. The most informative article was by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brandon Griggs. Time Magazine also supplied an informative article detailing Mitchell's pre-Elizabeth Smart life. The CNN interview of Mitchell's father, Shirl, by Connie Chung was very helpful.
The Morrisites
By far and away the most useful source for Morrisites info is For Christ Will Come Tomorrow by C. LeRoy Anderson. It is the most comprehensive history of Joseph Morris and his crazy religion. Sadly the 1981 book is long out of print. Also helpful was Men, Motives and Misunderstandings by G. M. Howard, a retired dentist living in Bountiful. Howard puts a new spin on the tale by trying to suss the reasons the Morrisites and Mormons clashed. A History of Ogden, a 1940 booklet by the Ogden City Council contains a fairly detailed history of The Morrisite War. A 1990 interview in Bomb Magazine is where Nick Cave disclosed the inspiration for his fictional character Euchrid. Finally a letter by Theda Judd illuminated the controversy over the Farmington cannon
John Baptiste
Once again several sources were used to compile this story. However, it was Harold Schindler's excellent piece on the Utah History to Go web site that provided the most reliable info. Schindler wrote a series of well-researched history stories for The Salt Lake Tribune. Many of these are still available on the Utah To Go site. Schiendler died several years ago. It was a loss to all Utah history buffs. I would suggest checking his stories out. The ghost stuff I got mostly from the web and stories from my youth, however, Trent Harris' Mondo Utah was a great help.
Ed Parker: Mormon Martial Arts
The history of Ed Parker and his contribution to American martial arts was compiled from three articles in Black Belt Magazine. The first was by William E. Slove which detailed Parker's early life and the formation of American Kenpo. The last two articles were by Loren Frank and Floyd Burke. These articles examined Parker's influence on karate in America. The Burke article also looked at the effect of Parker's untimely death on Kenpo.
Kay's Cross
Talk about a dearth of info. Not much has been documented. However, in the 1980s a few news stories appeared, usually right around Halloween. KSL Television broadcast a "spooky" bit in 1981, which appears to be the first story ever written about Kay's Cross. Maggie Holmes, Bryon Saxton, both from the now defunct Lakeside Review, and Cathy Free, The Salt Lake Tribune, also wrote articles around the same time. A non-bylined story from The Ogden Standard-Examiner in 1992 reported the particulars of the bomb blast that took out Kay's Cross. Personal reminiscences were supplied by many Kaysville residents (past and present) including Jeff Johnson, John Webster, Jim Hough, Carey Smith and Eloyce Jacobo. Farmington fixture Joe Judd also provided some good info.
Did Utah Kill John Wayne?
First and foremost, "The Day We Bombed Utah" by John G. Fuller provided most of the details about the "Dirty Harry" atomic bomb test and the tribulations of the "Conqueror" cast during and after shooting. This is a great book about downwinders and the AEC's reluctance to deal with them. Sadly, it is out of print. Richard Hack's "Hughes, The Private Diaries" had great info relating to Howard Hughes' battles with the AEC. Also, a Las Vegas Review Journal article by Norm Clarke expanded on the guilt Hughes may have felt for "The Conqueror" deaths.
Brigham Young on DVD
The DVD itself was the greatest source for most of the information. BYU film historian Alex D'Arc provides a detailed history of the making of Brigham Young. Davis Britton's article in Meridian Magazine also had some good stuff.
Darl McBride and SCO
Several sources were used in the writing of this opinion piece. Without doubt, the most helpful was "Linux Code Red" by Shane Johnson for The Salt Lake City Weekly. Johnson's excellent article did a great job of deciphering the complex issues surrounding SCO and their claim to ownership of UNIX code contained in the Linux kernal. SCO's web site (when it is not down from hacker attacks) provided McBride's side of the controversy, including the notorious December open letter. Several Linux-based web sites and computer mags gave the other side. The Usernet is also full of stuff about McBride and his war with the open source community. The conclusions were my own.
In General
I would like to thank all my friends, who over the years regaled me with bizarre stories of Utah. In particular I would like to thank Lewis Francis for suggesting the title Utah Gothic (I was going to go with Utah Sub Rosa until he pointed out it was a tad obscure), Grant Sperry for giving lot of sound technical help to a green web designer, David Brothers for helping me navigate through the complex world of Photoshop. I'm sure there are tons of people I forgot. I hope they can forgive me.
In General: part two
I also owe thanks to Ken Sanders for selling me "The Day We Bombed Utah" at a very reasonable price. Ken has also been good about directing me towards obscure books about Utah history for future articles. Thanks to my oldest pal, Kelly Whitesides, for pointing everyone he knows to my web site. Kelly, I love you and share your grief. Finally, I owe a big thanks to Joe Bob Briggs. His email to me complementing my web site came at a time when my doubts were at a peak. His kind words encouraged me to persevere.
In General: part three
This time around I would like to give a big thanks to John Webster. He kept the pressure on me to update my website. He also advised me to start a blog page. Sorry it took so long John, won't happen again. I also must thank Joe Judd. He has sent me many emails highlighting weird Utah stuff. He sent me his mother's research on the Farmington cannon.
In General: part four
I owe a big thanks to the Kaysville Library. Their file on Kay's Cross seems to be the only collection of news stories about the cross that anybody has bothered to keep. I must thank the staff for giving me access to it, my story wouldn't have been possible without it.