Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Classy Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin

Regular readers of the blog both know all about our fun with the weird, sick shit that happens in Wisconsin.  I won't bother rehashing all of those old stories.

But to be fair, Wisconsin has non-fucked up, wonderful things that are not directly related to the natural beauty of the state.  And, no, Neil Gaiman nerds, I'm not talking about the House on the Rock.  I'm talking about Taliesin, a Frank Lloyd Wright house, near beautiful Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Except (uh-oh-- foreshadowing) today I read a post on BoingBoing (from a fellow Minnesotan) about how this beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright house is where his second "wife" (his first wife wouldn't divorce him) who he had stolen from a client had gotten chopped up along with a few other folks by a very, very upset worker:

Wright was off at work and Borthwick was dining with her two children from her previous marriage and several of the Taliesin staff. As they ate, another staff member named Julian Carleton locked them in, poured kerosene around the house and lit a match. When the diners managed to bust their way out, Carleton hacked them to death with an ax. Of the nine who sat down to eat, only two survived. Borthwick and her children were killed. The whole thing turned into a media sensation. "Murderer of Seven: Sets Fire to Country Home of Frank Lloyd Wright Near Spring Green," declared one newspaper. The Wisconsin State Journal, on the other hand, went for something a bit more Rupert Murdoch-esque (and also inaccurate), with the headline "Insane Negro Kills Five in Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Love Bungalow'".
Ah, Wisconsin!


Andrew Wice said...

Typically, they didn't refer to Wright's girlfriend as his "baby mama."

Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

To be fair, I don't think FLW ever impregnated the woman. I guess if we are looking for hip-hop terms to describe her, we could go with "Round the Way Girl".