Leroy Cool Meets Gerry Gable And His Lovely Wife, Sonia
Excuse me, sir, arenít you Gerry Gable, the publisher of Searchlight magazine?
Hello sonny, yes, I am indeed. Do I know you?
No, but I recognise you and your wife Sonia from the Camden New Journal.
Oh right, do you live in Camden?
With this accent?
Are you from the States?
Yes Maíam, Iím here on a scholarship.
Oh, you donít look tall enough to play basketball.
Or hunky enough to play American football.
Thinks - You must think you is dealiní wií some brother from de ghetto, you dumb white bitch?
Says - Actually Maíam, Iím studying history.
Oh, Black History?
Thinks - Black History? Like Iíd fall for any of that Kwanzaa shit.
Says - No Sir, Maíam, European history, mainly the British Empire.
Are you studying at Syracuse University? I used to lecture there, you know.
Thinks - Yeah, I heard about dat; Associate Professionship in American Journalism. Jeezus.
Says - No Sir, Iím working at the Public Record Office; Iím currently researching ritual murder.
Oh, those vile Mediaeval canards against the Jews.
No, not Mediaeval, Iím studying 20th Century ritual murder cases.
Oh, you mean like the Beiliss case in Russia?
No, Maíam, cases in Africa.
Oh, I didnít realise there were any cases in Africa, at least not in the 20th Century.
I suppose these filthy anti-Semitic liars can be found everywhere.
No, Maíam, these are proven cases of ritual murder.
What? Are you suggesting there is any truth in these vile slanders against the Jewish people?
Jews? Heck, Iím not talking about Judaism. Havenít you ever heard of African ritual murder?
African ritual murder? You mean these were n...
Nasty people in Africa who were murdering children and using their blood in sick rituals?
Oh, I didnít know that.
Yes, there was the case of the Odikro of Apedwa, a ritual murder in the Gold Coast. The trial of the accused was held in November-December 1944, and lasted 23 days.
During the Second World War?
Yes. That was a notorious case; there were other cases including the trials of Chiefs Bereng and Gabashane in Basutoland.
They were hanged.
I never knew that, neither of us did.
There was even a case in Britain awhile ago, did you hear about that young boyís torso that was fished out of the Thames
Yes, I believe I did. Horrible, wasnít it?
An acknowledged case of ritual murder.
Of course by Africans, Sonia.
Thinks - Some Africans are evil. Cool, I can live with that.
You learn something everyday.
Says - You sure do.
Thinks - Sure, itís perfectly okay to talk about African ritual murder in the 20th Century,
or even today, but you even suggest that sometime in the dark, distant past Jews might have practised it,
and these Janus-faced Hymies will scream the place down.