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May you be satisfied with these ‘Hamilton’ Valentine’s Day cards

The hit musical Hamilton has essentially taken over every corner of the Internet and fans have remixed it with just about everything over the past year. Now they’re putting their spin on Valentine’s Day.

Food writer, photographer, and Good. Food. Stories editor Casey Barber has created a bunch of Hamilton Valentine’s Day cards—called Hamiltines for short—for her Etsy shop. Each card, which features a digitally printed watercolor painting, is about the size of a postcard (4-by-6 inches) and features lyrics from the musical, joining a small market of Hamilton-themed Valentine’s Day cards.

Barber has been a fan of Alexander Hamilton since 2004, around the time when she did press for the 200th anniversary of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s famous duel (which is portrayed at the end of the show), but the founding father fell to the back of her mind until she discovered the musical and heard the opening number, “Alexander Hamilton,” for the first time. Like Eliza Schuyler upon meeting Hamilton in the musical, Barber’s heart went boom and she was instantly in love.

This is Barber’s first foray into selling her art, although she always wanted to be an artist; Hamilton provided the perfect outlet for it. She called the Hamilton Valentines “Hamiltines” because “I’ve never met a portmanteau I didn’t love.” (And Hamilton fandom has plenty of them through its many hashtag mashups.)

“I know I’m not the only person in New York (or America, or the world) who has had the soundtrack on constant repeat since it came out last fall,” Barber told the Daily Dot in an email. “So it’s been seeping into my brain, and I’ve been memorizing it, and singing it everywhere, and discovering that—like Joe Fox says about

The Godfather in You’ve Got Mail—you can pretty much use any line from Hamilton to respond to someone’s question in real life. So there’s a lot that can be repurposed as flirty banner.”

While Hamilton is a story of how an immigrant overcame everything and helped form the U.S. as we know it today, it’s also full of love and plenty of inspiration for Valentine’s Day. “Helpless,” “Satisfied,” and even King George III’s breakup song “You’ll Be Back” are all perfect fits for your Valentine.

But even some moments that aren’t outright romantic can be turned into a Hamiltine with the right picture and tweaking.

“It’s really a question of what line matches up with a specific mental image—believe me, I have a long list of lyrics ranging from sweet to a little racy that could be turned into Hamiltines,” she said. “It’s all about finding that sweet spot between lyrical and visual inspiration, and putting it together in a cute/amusing way.”

You can purchase single cards for $5 a piece or you can order all six available cards for $20, but she’s already got more ideas up her sleeve. She’s planning a Hamiltine sequel set as well as other original paintings inspired by Hamilton characters and the show.

“My day job as a food writer and photographer is pretty non-stop, but if Hamilton could write 51 Federalist essays in six months, I can make time to do a few more pieces,” Barber said.

H/T Slate | Screengrab via CBS Sunday Morning/YouTube

*First Published: Jan 24, 2016, 6:45 pm CST

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and TV/film critic at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF, and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She is based in Brooklyn.

Hamilton Murder Case: Valentine’s Day Murder

The Happy Couple

It appeared Dr. John Hamilton and wife Susan had the perfect marriage. During the 14 years they were together he proved to be quite the romantic. A Porsche for his beautiful bride on their wedding day was just the beginning of his extravagant gifts. He doted upon Susan with expensive presents, luxurious holidays, and amazing vacations.

Susan and John Hamilton. Picture property of Investigative Discovery.

After meeting in 1985 they soon married two years later. After their marriage Susan began working at Dr. Hamilton’s practice. He was a highly regarded OB/GYN in the community. From the outside looking in, life appeared to be perfect for the couple.

Susan Hamilton

The Crime

It was Valentine’s Day 2001 when Dr. Hamilton left the office between surgeries to exchange Valentine’s Day cards with his wife. However, when he arrived home he made a gruesome discovery. In the bathroom he found his wife laying in a pool of her own blood, deceased.

Paramedics observed Susan had been strangled with two of her husband’s neckties. She was also repeatedly bludgeoned on the head with a blunt instrument. The object has never been found. The injuries were so severe that parts of her brain were exposed and her face was unrecognizable.

The Investigation

From the start there were many indicators that lead police to make Dr. Hamilton their number one suspect. There was no forced entry into the home, no items were stolen from the house, and despite the amount of bloodshed there weren’t any bloody prints at the scene.

The Not So Perfect Marriage

While investigating the home the police found a Valentine’s Day card from Susan to John. It read “I bought this two weeks ago, so I guess maybe it doesn’t seem as appropriate. But I do love you. Have a great day, Susan.”

Could this message have indicated turmoil in the relationship? Maybe their relationship wasn’t as picture perfect as it seemed.

Another clue that the marriage may have begun to sour was when Susan found John had been making phone calls to a topless dancer. In fact, there were dozens of calls to this woman on his cell phone. Did she catch him in an affair? Friend’s of Susan said she accused him of such, and she began to think about asking for a divorce.

The Trial

At trial the good doctor had many supporters. The community refused to believe Dr. Hamilton was capable of such a crime.

At trial it all came down to blood evidence.

Dr. Hamilton was observed by paramedics covered in his wife’s blood. However, despite his claim of preforming CPR on Susan, there was a lack of blood on his mouth and face. Not having a trace of blood on his face was impossible given the severity of Susan’s injuries to her head and face. Paramedics also observed him preforming chest compressions incorrectly. For a doctor they found this incredibly strange.

Blood was also found on the steering wheel of Dr. Hamilton’s car. He claimed to have moved it for first responders before they arrived at the house, but this created doubt throughout the courtroom.

Lastly, the defense brought in a crime scene investigator, Tom Bevel, as an expert witness. They had him testify on the blood evidence, an area he specialized in.

Expert witness, Tom Bevel

Bevel claimed the blood found on Dr. Hamilton was indeed consistent with his story of trying to save his wife. However, Bevel noticed something the authorities and the prosecutor’s expert did not. Bevel found blood inside the right sleeve of Dr. Hamilton’s shirt sleeve.

The defense attorney concluded with asking Bevel if there was anything the prosecution missed that was important to the case and for the jury to know. Bevel couldn’t keep to himself the conclusions he had drawn from the crime scene. He said the blood found inside Dr. Hamilton’s shirt was consistent with Hamilton beating his wife to death with a blunt instrument.

The courtroom fell silent. A defense witness testified against his own client, very well condemning him to prison.

Later Bevel claimed he had to tell the truth, despite the fact it hurt John Hamilton who hired him to keep him out of prison. “Ultimately, you take an oath to tell the truth and that overrides any allegiance I may have to my client.”

With Bevel’s testimony it took the jury only two hours to find the doctor guilty of first degree murder. Dr. Hamilton was sentenced to life in prison.

Dr. John Hamilton

10 Valentine’s Day recipes you’ll love as much as we do

UPDATED February 8, 2021: Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to eat your heart out. May we suggest starting with one of these ten recipes? There’s something here for everyone, whether it’s red velvet waffles for the kids, chocolate truffles for the neighbors or a steak dinner with gorgonzola butter for someone a little extra special.

These Valentine’s Day Oreo pops are the perfect treat to make with the kids or a group of friends (or the girls for Galentine’s Day) on Valentine’s Day. Everyone can have fun decorating their pops and even more fun enjoying them with a big glass of milk (or champagne).

We love Valentine’s Day because behind all the cheesy cards is a chance to spend some time with the one you love. It’s also a great excuse to be a little extravagant and savor rich desserts like this Nutella dessert pizza.

If there’s one thing everyone loves about Valentine’s Day, it’s chocolate. It’s romantic, sweet and smooth with rich, creamy flavor guaranteed to woo anyone you admire. It looks like you spent all day on these truffles, but we know it only took a few minutes and a little love to roll the balls of chocolate and dip them in your favorite toppings.

Skip the boxed chocolates and bake something for that special someone this Valentine’s Day. These delicate Valentine’s Day sugar cookies are the perfect treat to show someone you care.

Red velvet cake has become synonymous with Valentine’s Day. The bright red cake is a wonderful addition to any Valentine’s Day party or date night. Not only is it delicious, it matches all your heart-shaped decorations.

If you want to do something memorable for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day consider adding this special chocolate dessert to your menu. Fondue is a fun, whimsical dessert that is perfect for an intimate dinner at home because it can be prepared in advance and kept warm while you eat.

Kids love to get in on the fun for Valentine’s Day, so why not get creative in the kitchen as a family? Use our delicious homemade pizza dough for a DIY party at home this Valentine’s Day. For the main course, we suggest everyone’s favorite – pepperoni pizza. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to create pepperoni hearts out of deli pepperoni and place them on the pizza, then bake according to your favorite recipe.

These red velvet waffles are the perfect, romantic breakfast in bed option for an early Valentine’s Day surprise or a fun weekend breakfast to make with the entire family. The kids are sure to have fun decorating with the cream cheese frosting, whipped cream, and red and pink heart-shaped sprinkles.

Not everyone’s a natural grill master, and that’s okay. If you want a juicy steak, but don’t want to put much effort into making it, throw it in the air fryer. We like this air fryer rib-eye steak method because the steak retains all its natural juices during the cooking process.

Every Valentine’s Day, pizza chains share the love with customers by making heart-shaped pizzas available to order for one day only. These pizzas are a cute way to say “Pie Love You,” but they’re are just as easy to make at home as they are to order. So this Valentine’s Day, put down the phone and get in the kitchen with your loved ones.

Share your Valentine’s Day creations with us on Instagram by tagging @hamiltonbeach for a chance to be reposted!

Valentine’s Day History

Valentine’s Day is best known as a celebration of love in all its forms. Pink hearts, red roses, and cute greeting cards adorn every surface you see. What many people don’t realize is that the modern Valentine’s Day celebration arose from a religious holiday.

St. Valentine’s Day was originally celebrated as a religious feast day in honor of early Christian martyrs. Three martyrs named Valentine were honored: a priest in Rome, the persecuted bishop of Interamna (a town in central Italy), and a saint martyred in Africa. This saint’s day was celebrated throughout Christendom, although it was removed from the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints in 1969.

The origin of Valentine’s Day as a holiday for lovers began with Geoffrey Chaucer in his 1382 poem “Parlement of Foules.” Chaucer wrote, “For this was on Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate,” and the modern romantic holiday was born. William Shakespeare and other writers mentioned Valentine’s Day as a day of love.

Valentine’s Day as we know it came about in the early 19th century. In Victorian England, printers began manufacturing small numbers of cards with romantic verses, lace, ribbons, and other frills. Anonymous Valentine’s Day card were a popular way for young lovers to exchange romantic sentiments in an otherwise prudish time. As the 19th century progressed, printers began mass manufacturing Valentine’s Day cards. People in the United States give an estimated 190 million valentines every year, and up to one billion if you count children exchanging cards at school! With the rise of the Internet, Valentine’s Day e-cards have become a popular mode of communication, with millions of e-cards sent each year.

The other items associated with Valentine’s Day include chocolate and flowers. The tradition of giving chocolates has been around for decades, and Richard Cadbury created the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates nearly 150 years ago. Today, purchases of chocolate total over $1 billion in the United States alone, with 35 million heart-shaped boxes sold each year. Loved ones also exchange flowers, with red roses being associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. On Valentine’s Day itself, florists sell nearly 200 stems of roses.

Although many people dismiss Valentine’s Day as a commercialized “Hallmark holiday,” it is beloved to couples and romantics across the United States and other countries. The team at Lisa J. Murray, DMD wants to remind all patients that no matter what your celebratory plans, February 14th can be a wonderful day to celebrate the loved ones in your life. Happy Valentine’s Day!

michelle paige blogs: Questionable Valentines

You’ve reached my A to Z Valentines. Today is the Letter Q.
Q is a difficult letter. It’s not like there’s Q-tip, quail or quilted valentines out there–and why would there be?
When I’m on the internet searching for valentines, I often run across some very interesting ones. There are some I just don’t get (I’m not up on my pop culture) and others I would never, ever put in a blog post. And some,well–keep reading.

The following valentines are questionable…I mean, do they really even count as valentines? I’m not sure? Maybe these valentines will tickle your funny bone? Or maybe you’ll want to skip this post entirely? You choose.

Q is for Questionable Valentines.
Of course they are all family friendly. We’ll start with one of mine.
Here’s the one I forced my son to hand out a few years ago.
Michelle Paige Blogs– Snicker Valentine for a Teen

Here’s a valentine to give to someone who isn’t your valentine anymore, but you want them to be?
Music Notes–Bach Valentine

From a dog lover.
Unblushing on Etsy

Is this a ‘break up’ valentine?
Star Wars Single

For the theater lover, based on the musical, Hamilton.

This doesn’t happen at your house, does it?

Ruffles and Rain Boots– Sarcastic Valentines

This is a weird vintage valentine. Can you even imagine someone giving this valentine???

Hmm…Would you give or get this one?
Unblushing on Etsy

From an English teacher, perhaps? 

Another English Teacher’s Valentine 

Knotty Cards Etsy$– I’m Sorry Valentine

Not Sick of You

Be VERY careful reading these valentines.
Fresh Xmas– I Hate Valentines

and I’ll leave you with the cheesiest valentine of all time…

Looking for more Valentine ideas? Want to see my other collections, round ups and free printables?
 Click here. 
Hundreds of valentine ideas in an A to Z library.

Here’s just a sample:


90,000 Bloody Valentine. Part I: truecrime_lj – LiveJournal

What gift are you waiting for on Valentine’s Day? Obviously not the one that the wife of a successful gynecologist received. On this day, she was brutally killed. And in spite of the fact that the point has been officially put in the case, questions still remain.

Valentine’s Day Murder

On Valentine’s Day 2001, a phone call rang at the Oklahoma City 911 Rescue Service.The dispatcher heard an alarmed male voice: “Please send an ambulance! Send the police! I think my wife is dead. ” The man told the operator that he gave his wife artificial respiration, but she was not breathing.

When the medics arrived at the scene, a terrible scene opened up in front of them. The woman, Susan Hamilton, 55, was lying on the bathroom floor. Her neck was squeezed by two men’s ties, and her skull was fractured with such force that the brain could be seen through the wound. A blood-soaked rag lay next to the body.Bloody stains on the floor indicated that someone was trying to wipe the blood, but realizing the futility of the venture, left everything as it is.

Susan’s husband, John Hamilton, bent over his wife and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In clothes stained with blood stains, he struggled in hysterics, looking at his wife’s disfigured bloody face. Who could have done this to her?

Paramedics pronounced death, and arrived policemen proceeded to inspect the scene.An hour later, John Hamilton was taken to the police station for interrogation, and after another five hours he was arrested on murder charges.

What caused this haste? Is it only because in the murder of one of the spouses, as a rule, the surviving spouse becomes the main suspect in the eyes of the investigation, or in this case the suspicions against the husband were justified?

The first person whose testimony prompted the police to take a closer look at John Hamilton was a paramedic who arrived at the scene.Entering the bathroom, he saw Hamilton bending over his wife’s body. He performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but the physician found it odd to place Hamilton’s hands on his wife’s body. It was like imitation, not real resuscitation. And when it turned out that John Hamilton was a certified physician, very familiar with how to conduct resuscitation, suspicions only increased.

Investigators Theresa Sterling and Ranly Scott learned from John Hamilton’s confused account that he returned home at about 10:45 p.m. to find the front door open wide.Upon entering the house, he found his wife Susan bleeding on the bathroom floor. He began to help her and called the Rescue Service.

After being put in the back seat of a police car to be taken to the police station for interrogation, he behaved restlessly, rushed around the cabin, banging his head and fists on the metal mesh separating the passenger compartment from the driver’s seat. The police got the impression that in this way he was trying to hide the injuries on his face and knuckles, which he could have received during the attack on his wife.

John Hamilton immediately after his arrest

While in the interrogation room, in the presence of detectives, Hamilton behaved hysterically when they left him alone. Continuing observation through the mirrored window, he began to behave more calmly, walked around the room, examined and felt himself. The police decided that Hamilton wanted to make sure there were no scratches or injuries on his body that could convict him of murder.

In parallel, the investigators continued to work at the crime scene.Serious evidence against Hamilton came to the disposal of the investigation after examining the car that belonged to John. Forensics found traces of Susan’s blood, tissue and hair on the steering wheel, seat and floor in the car. The discovery of these traces allowed John Hamilton to be caught in a lie. If he found his wife’s body when he returned from work, and immediately began to help her and call Rescue Service, how did the traces of Susan’s blood and hair end up in the car? For the investigation, this could only mean one thing – John Hamilton was lying.He probably killed Susan, after which he left the crime scene in his own car. To get rid of the murder weapon, never found at the crime scene, and create an alibi for himself.

John Hamilton’s car Traces of blood in the car

It was after this that the investigation decided to arrest John Hamilton.

A prosperous family and “skeletons in the closet”

They have been married for 14 years.John Hamilton, a successful Oklahoma City gynecologist, met Susan in 1985 at a party hosted by a mutual friend. By that time, John and Susan were divorced, and each left two children from the previous marriage. Susan was smart and attractive, and John fell head over heels in love with her. Two years later, they got married and took on a privileged life.

Susan Hamilton

John Hamilton had a reputation for being calm and devoted to his wife.As Susan’s ex-husband, Dick Horton, later said, it was immediately clear in their family who wears the pants. And this is not John. Speaking about his ex-wife, Horton argued that the best way to describe her is to say that this is a woman who always wanted to be a mother, was proud to be a mother. Although she received an excellent education, her real passion is being a good mother.

Vesta Hall, who worked as a nurse at the John Hamilton clinic, recalled that Susan was beautiful, lively and intelligent, and that John loved her very much.“I would like someone to look at me the way John looked at Susan. I just felt that they were very happy. ”

Steve Jimmerson, Hamilton’s colleague and best man at his wedding, noted that John’s crush was bordering on ingratiating himself. Sometimes it seemed that Hamilton was not completely sure that he was worthy of Susan, and was terribly afraid of losing her.

Hamilton was known as a romantic and did not skimp on generous gifts. On her wedding day, he gave Susan a Porsche, and throughout the fourteen-year marriage he continued to make her expensive gifts and organize luxurious parties.They seemed like loving spouses whose feelings had not cooled over the years of marriage.

Susan worked part-time at the same clinic as her husband, supporting him and helping him overcome difficulties. And they did arise. Hamilton didn’t just deliver. He also worked in an abortion clinic. This caused outrage in the conservative part of the city, which resulted in a real persecution. But threats against the clinic only brought the spouses closer. Susan worked with her husband and fully supported him.His work was in line with the views that she shared. Susan has always spoken frankly and decisively about the right of women to freely decide whether to terminate a pregnancy.

Anti-abortion activists called them at home, and since Susan spent more time at home, it was she who had to pick up the phone, listening to streams of insults and threats. The doctor was targeted by the militant anti-abortion group Army of God, known for expressing support for a sniper who killed in 1998.abortion doctor in New York.

Threats poster for John Hamilton distributed by Army of God activists

Army of God printed posters “WANTED. Take dead or alive, “which featured a photograph of Dr. Hamilton with the caption:” A reward in heaven awaits everyone who makes an effort to bring this killer to justice. ” The activists of the organization even tried to set fire to the clinic in which the Hamiltons worked. John stated that he received threatening calls, including the week that Susan was killed.On the eve of the murder, activists filed an application for picketing the Hamilton clinic and their home, but were refused.

Perhaps one of the anti-abortionists decided to turn the threats into reality? The police worked out this version, but did not find facts to confirm it.

Not the least role for the prosecution was played by injuries on Susan’s body. The way the killer strangled her and disfigured her face, turning it into a bloody mess, could indicate the rage of a loved one. However, investigators found another piece of evidence that further strengthened their suspicions.

While examining Hamilton’s Jaguar, the investigators noticed a holiday valentine, addressed to John from Susan, in the car. The card said, “I bought it two weeks ago, but it doesn’t seem right to me now. But I really love you. Have a nice day. Susan”.

Valentine’s card received by Hamilton from his wife on February 14, 2001

The police decided that the content of the postcard indicated a serious quarrel that had occurred between the spouses the day before.Susan doubted whether it was worth congratulating her husband on Valentine’s Day. Probably, the Hamilton marriage was not as cloudless as they tried to demonstrate to others. And soon there was evidence of this assumption.

One of the Hamilton’s acquaintances said that the couple had a falling out when Susan found out that John often called a topless dancer on his cell phone. Susan suspected her husband of treason and threatened to divorce. Investigators were authorized to investigate the history of John Hamilton’s phone calls and soon became convinced that over the course of several days, he called the young woman more than a hundred times.So the motive for the murder began to emerge. And later another one was added to it. Unbeknownst to his wife, John wrote checks to children from his first marriage. Susan did not tolerate lies and threatened to leave her husband.

Extract from the telephone log of John Hamilton

The version of the investigation takes shape

At this stage, the investigation completely focused on the personality of John Hamilton, practically ceasing to work out other versions. The detectives found that there were no signs of burglary on the doors and windows of the house, and nothing was missing from it.This swept aside the robbery version. In addition, another circumstance was discovered that, according to investigators, compromised John Hamilton.

One of Susan’s friends, who took care of organizing the funeral, picked up clothes for the funeral at the Hamilton house and found jewelry in a drawer of underwear. It looked odd. Knowing the accuracy and pedantry of Susan, the woman could not imagine that she would start keeping jewelry along with linen. This means that only John could put them there after the death of his wife.It looked as if John wanted to create the appearance of a robbery in order to force the investigation to go down the wrong path. He probably hid the jewelry and intended to get rid of them later, but did not take into account that he would not return home.

Further – more. In the passenger compartment of John Hamilton’s car, traces of Susan’s blood and hair were found. They stayed on on the steering wheel, seat and floor of the car. If John Hamilton, after returning from work, found his wife in blood on the bathroom floor, and then immediately began to resuscitate her and call 911, then how could his blood end up in the car?

However, all this incriminating evidence threatened to shatter against John Hamilton’s daily routine.After examining him, Detectives Stealing and Scott were surprised to find that the doctor had an alibi. On the day of his wife’s death, he operated on two patients in different clinics. From seven to eight in the morning, he performed the first operation and at about 8:30 bumped into his colleague, former medical partner, Karen Reisig. She told investigators that at that time she went into the doctors’ rest room and found Hamilton there. He was on the phone with Susan. A carefree conversation with his wife, after which John decided to return home.Hamilton said that he wanted to congratulate his wife on Valentine’s Day as early as possible, and since he knew that Susan was going to visit a friend, he was afraid to be late. The Hamiltons lived close to both clinics, and the doctor decided that he would have time to give Susan a Valentine, and then return to work.

He did just that, and at 9:30 am John Hamilton was already preparing for the next complex operation to remove the tumor, which went off without a hitch. None of the colleagues noticed anything unusual in the doctor’s behavior.He remained focused and professional as always. Karin Reisen said that she did not believe that a doctor could commit a murder, and then return and perform another operation, while remaining sane, without showing a bit of excitement.

Investigators had to explain beyond reasonable doubt how John Hamilton managed to commit a brutal crime at the time that he had, and then carry out a complex operation to remove the tumor, while remaining calm and calm.

At different stages of the investigation, various, often contradictory, assumptions were expressed as to how John Hamilton committed the crime. For example, the investigation could not explain how the killer left the house without leaving a bloody footprint at the crime scene. They were found neither on the way from the bathroom to the front door, nor outside the house. One of the detectives in an interview suggested that Hamilton, after the murder of Susan, took a shower, changed into clean clothes and even managed to fill the drain in the sink with detergent to get rid of traces of blood.However, this not only did not correspond to the final version of the prosecution, but also completely contradicted it.

It is logical to assume that the killer did not leave the crime scene at all. Hamilton could have killed his wife by returning at 10:45, then call 911 and start acting out his show. But it didn’t fit the evidence. First, Hamilton needed to get out of the house, otherwise how can you explain the traces of blood and fragments of Susan’s flesh in his car? Secondly, Hamilton, who knew that Susan was going to visit a friend, risked not catching her when he returned from work.Therefore, the detectives had only one option – to place the crime of John Hamilton in the interval between the two operations. But calculations showed that Hamilton would not have had enough time to commit the murder, and then go back to the clinic. The police racked their brains over this until new circumstances of the case were revealed.

Final Charge

The situation changed when the testimony of RN Sarah Cox, an anesthesiologist assistant at John Hamilton’s second surgery, became available to investigators.She said that the young woman, who was to have the tumor removed, was already on the operating table and was to be given anesthesia when it turned out that Dr. Hamilton was not at the clinic.

According to the nurse, the day before, John Hamilton asked that the operation be scheduled for 9 am. Sarah Cox called him at 8:50. At this time, the patient was in critical condition. She did not sleep and was given a sedative. Cox and Michelle Whitamves, a surgical nurse, testified that the anesthesiologist was furious when Hamilton finally called, saying that he would be late and that he would not give the patient anesthesia.When Hamilton arrived, he did not say anything about the reason for the delay and immediately began to prepare for the operation.

Cox testified that during the operation, Hamilton was more talkative than usual – he took the time to give an insight into the anatomy of a student nurse and tell her about the process of the disease. With Cox herself, Hamilton had a little conflict. At some point in the operating room, he whistled to draw her attention to move the light. The nurse, in turn, told him that she had a name.

Dr. Donald Rahal informed the investigation about a short twenty-second conversation with Hamilton. John told him that he was late because he wanted to congratulate his wife on Valentine’s Day, buy flowers and give a present. Rahal said that the operation lasted thirty minutes, went well and did not notice anything unusual in Hamilton’s behavior.

Investigators consulted journal entries at New Leaf Floral. Hamilton actually ordered $ 158 worth of flowers on February 12th.The order was planned to be completed by noon on February 14, but the flowers were never taken.

John Hamilton’s testimony that he was late meant he had an hour to commit the crime.

Oklahoma accuses Dr. Hamilton of loving his wife to death

District Attorney Wes Lane led the charge against John Hamilton. To his surprise, he was faced with the fact that the accused has great public support, including among colleagues and close relatives.Even Susan’s children, for whom John was a stepfather, supported him and repeatedly told the police that they did not believe in Hamilton’s guilt. They also repeatedly urged the police to pay attention to the involvement in the murder of other people, the same members of the “Army of God”, for example. Everyone who knew Hamilton intimately noted his calm nature, benevolence and unparalleled love for Susan. They all argued with one voice – it is absolutely impossible that a meek doctor would kill his wife.

Attorney Lane himself took note of this.In the work on the case, he made many attempts to strengthen the version of the motive for the murder. He looked in Hamilton’s past for signs of domestic violence, but could find nothing significant. In the end, he was forced to admit that John loved Susan and there were no examples of domestic violence in the history of their relationship.

But the prosecutor figured out how to play around with that. It occurred to him that the expression “love to death” in the case of John Hamilton was taking on a literal meaning. He killed her because he loved her dearly and was afraid of losing her.

Part II

90,000 Romans did not read rapture in love letters

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The valentines of the ancient Romans were filled with pain

Although in today’s valentines people tend to emphasize caring and warmth, in the love letters of ancient Rome, the painful side of romance was frequent, historians say.

In antiquity, Valentine’s day itself did not yet exist, but men, meanwhile, actively wrote love poems about their beloved – often married women, and sometimes men.But where modern declarations of love are often associated with flattery and gratitude, the ancient Romans spoke more about pain.

“Unlike valentines, which are crowded with modern stores, with clouds and dreamy romantic symbols depicted on them, the Romans had very different views of love,” says Barbara Gold, professor of classics at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York (USA ). “It’s not something that usually makes you feel good; it is something that torments you. “

In ancient love poems from the first century BC. until the first centuries AD, love is called a plague and words from which the tongue “dries up”.

“You will never find a valentine today that says,” You are like a plague, you burn my brain on fire, “says Gold.

In ancient Rome, the ideas of romantic love were different – most people never expected love from their own spouses.

“Marriages were organized because of wealth or status and family lineage,” Gold said.”By and large, the Romans did not know marriage based on any form of erotic-sexual attraction / attraction.”

Love poems were written by men, and were addressed mainly to women with whom they had affairs. Although the personalities of lovers in poetry are often hidden by pseudonyms, in some cases they have been known to be married, aristocratic ladies.

Gold suggests that the somber tone of the poems of many male lovers was associated with the sexual dynamics of the culture at the time.

“It’s all about how they view women. Women are torture, women are the plague,” she says. “I think it was because men are afraid of the power women have. So they are. project such feelings. ”

Oddly enough, as a rule, these are men who have noticeable power in ancient Roman society. Any force that made them feel a loss of control or power — such as a woman giving or denying her love — could be a threat, Gold suggests.

Changes in today’s way of expressing love may be related to a different culture in which we live. “Our modern society offers many chances to enter into relationships on an equal footing,” explained Gold. “As a rule, today we are not burdened with the same social problems as the Romans.”

Sweet, syrupy and scary vintage valentines to help you celebrate love the old-fashioned way

In a world full of dating and divorce apps, it’s easy to look back at past courtship practices through pink lenses.While it’s all “ass on first date” now, then the groom would captivate you with his charm, chivalry and valentines featuring creepy fat babies. (And if that doesn’t work, he – and that will be “he” because you might be thrown in jail for being gay – can still force you to get married. Oops, old-fashioned romance!)

Although There are many benefits to living in the here and now (iPhone! Better toilets! Place in the job market!). Looking back in time can be a lot of fun.This is why you should spend some time on February 14 exploring the New York Public Library’s collection of archival valentines.

There’s Valentine for the woman you love to watch sleeping in the park:

Valentine for the woman you may not love forever. Or, conversely, a woman who is deeply in love with a doll.

Valentine’s card for the artist who wants this plump, porno Cupid to appear in their lives.

(If you give someone this card and she likes them, call the police!)

And best of all, many of them are already labeled so you don’t even need to get creative.

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