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Waddy Thompson Jr.

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Waddy Thompson Jr.
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United States Minister to Mexico
In office
February 10, 1842 – March 9, 1844
Appointed byJohn Tyler
Preceded byHenry E. Lawrence (as Special Diplomatic Agent)
Succeeded byMoses Yale Beach (as Special Diplomatic Agent)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
September 10, 1835 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byWarren R. Davis
Succeeded byWilliam Butler
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1798-01-08)January 8, 1798
Pickensville, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina
DiedNovember 23, 1868(1868-11-23) (aged 70)
Tallahassee, Florida
Resting placeTallahassee, Florida
Political partyAnti-Jacksonian (1835–1837)
Whig (1837–onward)
Professionattorney, judge, diplomat
Military service
Branch/serviceSouth Carolina State Militia
Years of service1832
Rankbrigadier general

Waddy Thompson Jr. (January 8, 1798 – November 23, 1868) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina and U.S. Minister to Mexico, 1842-44.

Born in Pickensville, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina—near Easley in present Pickens County—Thompson was reared in Greenville. He graduated from South Carolina College in 1814 when he was 16; and he was admitted to the bar in 1819, beginning practice in Edgefield, South Carolina and marrying Emmala Butler, the daughter one of the state's richest plantation owners. About 1824 the couple moved to Greenville, where Thompson became politically active. He served as member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1826 to 1829. Thompson was elected solicitor of the western circuit in 1830.[1]

Fervently supporting the theory of Vice President John C. Calhoun that a state could nullify an act of the U.S. Congress, in 1832 Thompson introduced a resolution in the South Carolina General Assembly calling for a convention to nullify the "Tariff of Abominations." The nullification crisis dissipated the following year; but in the meantime Thompson was appointed brigadier general of South Carolina militia, and he was thereafter referred to as "General Thompson."[2]

In 1835, Thompson was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the 24th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Warren R. Davis. He was reelected as a Whig to the 25th and 26th Congresses serving from September 10, 1835, to March 3, 1841. Thompson served as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs in the 26th Congress.

In 1842 President John Tyler appointed Thompson Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico, where he served from February 10, 1842 to March 9, 1844. Thompson quickly learned enough Spanish to make his first speech to Mexican cabinet members in that language. He became friendly with Mexican president Antonio López de Santa Anna and succeeded in having 300 Texan prisoners freed.[3] Two years after his return to the United States, Thompson published Recollections of Mexico, and he opposed the Mexican War.[4]

Thompson returned to Greenville and managed plantations in Edgefield and Madison, Florida—the latter of which was 1,300 acres and employed 80 slaves. After his wife died in 1848, he married Cornelia Jones of Wilmington, North Carolina and eventually moved to Paris Mountain, near Greenville, where he owned a 1,000 acres and built two large identical houses, one for himself and the other for his wife—though the couple seemed to be on good terms. Thompson filled his house with Mexican memorabilia and employed a full-time gardener to care for exotic plants and shrubs he had collected.[5]

By the time of the Civil War, Thompson had become a Unionist, but the conclusion of the war nevertheless ruined him. In 1866 he sold his Paris Mountain property and moved to his Florida plantation. The Florida legislature appointed him solicitor general of a circuit in 1868, but in 1868 he died while in Tallahassee, and he was buried in the churchyard of St. John's Episcopal Church there.[6]

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>>Female commentator: Hi, everyone. And Authors at Google team would like, is happy to have Matt Moseley come and speak with us today. And Matt is a communications strategist in Boulder, Colorado. He has served as a Deputy Press Secretary under White House Communications Director, Mike McCurry for the Denver Summit of Eight and he was a communications director for Hunter S. Thompson's funeral and ash-blast, which is good. And he's currently working with Rolling Stone magazine to cover Burning man. Matt's here today to talk with us about his first book, Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the Last Gonzo Campaign. I'll let Matt tell you a little more about that story, but I wanted to share with you what I think would be the best LinkedIn recommendation of all time and it's a quote from Sam Kashner from Vanity Fair about Matt's book. And he says: "If I'm ever busted for something I never did, I want Matt Moseley's phone number sewn into my underwear." [laughs] Which has to, that's fantastic. So please welcome Matt Moseley. >>Matt Moseley: Thank you so much Tracey for having me here. Can, is this okay everybody can hear? I-I do wanna say about Sam's quote in Vanity Fair that if you're actually are busted for something you never did, call your lawyer first. [laughter] And then they will call me. So -- Today I'm gonna tell you a little story about how a single letter changed a girl's life. [pause] To do that, first I wanna talk about, the book is called Dear Dr. Thompson and it's about a letter that a woman wrote to Hunter S. Thompson; who if some of you know who Hunter S. Thompson was. Hunter was an outlaw journalist and he was significant not because of I think what he wrote and some of the pieces and specific pieces of art that he wrote, but that he was significant because he changed the face of journalism. He was really one of the first reporters to ever insert themselves into a story. And by doing that he paved the way for other great writers like David Halberstam and Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer to also become Gonzo journalists and participatory journalism where people and journalists were not unbiased observers, they were participants in the story. And that's why this book is really no different and it-it's a great testament to the success of Gonzo journalism. [pause] So to understand how Hunter Thompson got involved in this case, you have to understand the woman of Lisl Auman [pause] There's Hunter in his kitchen when we were workin' together. Now Lisl Auman was a naive young girl who grew up in the suburbs of Littleton, Colorado. She would, she was a peaceful, loving woman. Had a, had a lot of nice friends; did okay in school, but then kind of fell in with the bad group of people. Eventually ended up dropping out of Arapahoe Community College and she went up into the hills above Denver and to Evergreen and Buffalo Creek looking for a better and simpler life. But she moved in within a nefarious character named Shawn Cheever. Now Shawn was not very nice to her. They lived together about three months and it was already kind of se-sending some bad signals and was - she had to get out of there. So she goes to her friend Demi Soriano's house in Denver and she says, "Demi, can you help me move out?" And Demi says, "Yeah. I know a couple a guys who can help you move out." So she calls over her friends who happen to be skinheads and-and this is Matthaeus Jaehnig shows up the very next day about noon in a fire engine-arrest-me-red Trans Am he called the Thunder Chicken. And he'd just stolen if from south of Colorado Springs. So against every instinct in her soul Lisl Auman climbs into the Thunder Chicken and they go up to Buffalo Creek to get her stuff. But while that's happening they get her stuff, the skinheads also start taking some of Cheever's belongings: a snowboard, some CD's, some pretty low level things. But the neighbors see this and they call the cops. So a high speed chase happens down into Denver, 90 miles an hour in the Thunder Chicken, police behind. Matthaeus leans out of the car and starts firing at police and he says, "Grab the wheel!" So Lisl grabs the wheel. They make it down into Denver; they go into the Monaco Place Apartments where they started. Matthaeus runs into an alcove; Lisl runs to police. "Help, help!" They throw her down into the snow, put-put a knee in her back. "Where did he go? Where did he go?" Well the last time that she saw him was the last time that they saw him. So she had no idea where he went. "I don't know. I don't know," she says. Meanwhile, Officer Bruce VanderJagt is slowly creeping along the alcove wall and he-he's creeping along and all of a sudden he poked his head around a corner and "Bam!" She shoots his head; Matthaeus Jaehnig shots his head off. Lisl is driven away from the scene, she's in police handcuffs already, and Matthaeus Jaehnig then shoots himself. So a high profile trial happens in Denver. There's really only one person to left to blame for the death of Officer Bruce VanderJagt, and that's Lisl Auman. So she is sentenced to life without parole for felony murder because she was sort of classified as an accomplice. They said that she steered the getaway car; that she was the skinhead's girlfriend; that, although they'd only know each other 12 hours. And this was all orchestrated by the prosecutor, the lead prosecutor and the Denver District Attorney who was Bill Ritter. And Bill Ritter, if you know, is the current Governor of Colorado now. So they sentence her to life without parole in a very, very acrimonious trial where there was really only one answer and that was Lisl Auman goes to jail for life. So the years start rolling by like a broken down dam for Lisl in prison; a scared, naive, young girl who never, she thought she would be home that night. She never thought it was going to be an instance where she'd spend the rest of her days in jail. And so she ruminates on a book that she had read three years prior. She-she's sitting in jail; she doesn't have much to do. And this book had really made an impression on her. It was called Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. She ruminated about the zany author and she said, "You know I'm gonna write this crazy, old bastard a letter." And she does. She writes him a letter and she says, all she says is, "Your books aren't available in the prison library." She doesn't ask him for anything. She doesn't say, "Can you, can you get me outa jail." But Hunter reads the letter one night and he cocks her Cheshire cat grin and he says, "I think maybe I can help." So he pulls out a piece of his elegant stationary with his name embossed in blue across the top and he writes her a letter back. And he says, "I think I can do more than help." So then he writes about her in an ESPN column and as fate would have it, Hunter Thompson had an annual Super Bowl party every year. And just that weekend the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers was in Aspen holding their annual criminal law seminar. So he says, "Come on over to my place for the Super Bowl. We'll blow somethin' up and we'll have a good time." They're over there but at half-time instead of talking about football, Hunter hands out dossiers on the Lisl Auman case. And so all these criminal defense attorneys are like, "What-what is going on here? We came over to-to watch the Super Bowl." But Hunter plies them with the story of Lisl and says, "This is the test case for felony murder. We have an opportunity here to overturn this law, maybe through this case. Can you help me out? Will you do it?" And sure enough at the end of that football game, Gerald Lefcourt who was the President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers pushes his winnings back towards Hunter and says, "We're in." And it was that night that the Free Lisl, the National Committee to Free Lisl Auman was born. [pause] So Hunter wrote about it in his ESPN column; sparked 30,000 hits to her Website that went from like 300 overnight. And I read an article about Hunter being involved in this case and I-I thought, "How-how crazy was not just the fact pattern of the case, but now you had this Gonzo element out here trying to call for a young woman's release. I mean this was the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I, this was a different side of Hunter. So I thought about this a lot and I went back to my office in Denver the next morning and I sketched out a little memo. This, here's what you could do to launch a public information campaign. Here's how maybe we could tell a different story than what had already been told. So I faxed him that memo that afternoon and I was telling Tracey as we were having lunch today about that day. Because I was sitting in the City Grille right across from the Colorado State Capitol and I see an unknown phone number pop up on my, on my Blackberry and I answer it and he said, "Oh yeah, yeah is this Matt Moseley?" And I knew it had to be him. It's maybe the call you've been waiting for your whole life. [pause] I jumped up, I go to the little table, and I take out my little notebook, and for about 45 minutes we talked and he said, "Come on up, son. Next time you're in Aspen give me a call and we'll blow somethin' up. It-it'll be fun. We won't just work." And so about a couple weeks later I did go up to Owl Farm and we launched the campaign and I was gonna be the strategist and tactician of putting the nuts and bolts on this campaign and keepin' it running while Hunter would be our titular head and would, and would act as the drawing mechanism. But one of the things I really thought about as we prepared for this rally that we were going to have on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol was how to use the Gonzo element. Okay we we're gonna have Warren Zevon come and play "Lawyers, Guns and Money" on the west steps of the Capitol. But I also didn't want it to be Hunter calling the cops some bad name and then the next thing you know we're putting the nail on a coffin of a life sentence without parole. And I remember at the rally this is on the west steps of the Capitol and Hunter looks down at his notepad and he writes, "Today's pig is tomorrow's bacon." And there are cops all around the perimeter of the rally, right? I-I said, "Hunter you can't say that." He goes, "Don't tell me what to say." And I said, "You know you're right, you can't really --" He was one of the few principals I've worked for, you just couldn't hand him talking points. [laughs] He just wasn't that kinda guy. We held a rally on the west steps of the Capitol. Warren Zevon played "Lawyers, Guns and Money" to call for the release of Lisl. And what we did that day was change the narrative. Bill Ritter said that she had steered the getaway car, was the skinhead's girlfriend, and was the mastermind behind a plot to murder this officer. And we told the story, a much different story about a girl who climbed in a car and had no more control over that car ride than you or I. And because of that, because of that the felony murder law is wrong, because it allows people to be held liable for crimes that they had no intention or no desire to commit. And that I posit to you is part of the call to action to this book that I've written here today. It's a call for the abolishment of the felony murder law. There are thousands of people right now in prisons for crimes, serving sentences for crimes they obviously didn't do. Lisl was the first person ever to be convicted of a crime while in police custody in handcuffs in a car. How could she be responsible for that? So what we did was we changed the narrative that day on the west steps, five years later after Lisl had been imprisoned. And I remember us walking through the State Capitol this is right in front of the Governor's office and Hunter looking around and he said, "Watch out for the assassins." [laughs] Of course I did, knew there wouldn't be an assassins but you can see I looked anyway thinkin' that maybe there were. [pause] But yet while we changed the story, while we had a different narrative going, the Court of Appeals still rejected Lisl's appeal case. So for several years it laid dormant and we just, we tried to gin up public support. But then a little ray of light and sunshine broke through because the Colorado Supreme Court granted the case a writ of certiorari which is just they grant, they allow to hear the case on the very simple technical matter: who was actually fleeing from the crime? Was it Lisl or was it Matthaeus Jaehnig for completely independent reasons? So it goes to the Supreme Court. Hunter in the meantime writes an article for Vanity Fair co-authored with Mark Seal and that was a 30,000 piece bombshell that called the Denver cops "brutes" and called them "liars" and really took them to task for the case. That article, by the way, was just optioned into a movie 10 days before the release of the book. [pause] We're at the Supreme Court, it's the first time they've ever held two oral arguments, it's been lasting for a year now, okay, we're al, we've been involved in this case now for five or six years. They hold two oral arguments and in that time Hunter kills himself. [pause] And then it was two weeks later that they overturned the decision and they remanded it back to the Denver District Court for a retrial. And Hunter had a lot on his plate and I will read to you I think a little bit, a passage from the book about what Hunter I think brought to this case and what he brought to journalism. [sound of pages turning] "Hunter's curiosity led him to everywhere: to the historical def-events that defined his era. He was covered the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl, and the America's Cup. He reported in Latin America, in Cambodia, and in Africa for the Rumble in the Jungle. He drank beers with Ga, on the beach with Gary Hart and he urinated with George McGovern. "He narrowly lost his campaign in Picken County on the Freak Power Ticket. "Hunter showed up at some of the most critical junctures of the second half of the 20th century and it ended with Lisl Auman." So I took away a couple of lessons from working with Hunter through the years. And I write, "that Hunter taught me to be your own person and to write your own story." Not in the literal sense but that we're in the driver's seat of our own destinies. He taught me that each one of us must ride the crest of a high and beautiful wave of our own. "Ski the mountain. Swim the river. Sing the song. Dance the dance. Write the book. Buy the ticket and take the ride," he said. So I couldn't help but think that looking back with the right kind of eyes that when Lisl wrote her letter to Hunter and he miraculously wrote back that it was the high water mark in her long journey. It was the place where her wave finally broke and rolled back. So when you read this book, and I hope that you will, there are three lessons to take away from it. The first is that don't let your daughter climb in the car with a skinhead. And I-I say that facetiously but I'm not joking because any one of us, I-I don't remember I-I recalled to Tracey about 20 years ago I came and saw the Grateful Dead at Shoreline. And after a concert any one of us can climb in a car, "I need a right home." Or you climb in a car with friend and they go in and rob a 7-11 and you have no intention. You can still be held liable for that crime. And that's the second call to action and the second lesson of the book. Is let's abolish the felony murder rule. We're one of the only countries left in the world, democratic societies, that still has a felony murder law. It was a remnant of English common law from the 16th century and England has banned it. Most European nations have banned it and we're the only ones left. So I think we need to abolish that law. But the-the last thing, really the heart of the book and why it's called Dear Dr. Thompson, is that I think all of us should write our own letters. Write a letter that changes somebody's life. Develop a software, write a book, write a memo, do something that changes our world. And I think that is what Hunter would have wanted from all of us. And that to me is the Gonzo ethic. And it isn't about a-a lifestyle of guns or drugs; it's about changing the world and changing his life. And that, I think that's what Hunter did through his writing and I hope that this book is at least a little bit in part a legacy to him and a testament to what the great work that he did in his life. So I'll leave you with the last part of the book where Lisl is going home. These are some of the photos from Hunter's funeral. That's him running for sheriff. And this is our cocktail napkin at his funeral about one of the other lessons: never call 9-1-1, never. This means you. [pause] "Leaving the Hudson Hotel in Buffalo Creek turned into a much harder chore than Lisl could have ever imagined. Moving took almost a decade to complete. She had lost nearly everything in the process and two people had died. "She went to the Hudson Hotel looking for a better, simpler, life in the forest above Denver, but she went out of the frying pan and into the fire by moving in with Shawn Cheever, and against every instinct in her soul climbing into the Thunder Chicken. "Even though she had been had at Hudson Hotel for only a few months it had taken her eight years to be finally free from its maw. "The woman who appeared to Lisl in her dream just days before this calumny happened was spot on prophetic. Lisl was having a picnic on the, with her family on the edge of a lake and the woman pointed to a big, ominous cloud off in the distance and she told Lisl that this was the beginning of a very long and dark storm. Fortuna had been right. A Category five storm had moved through bringing with it hurricane force winds and torrential flood of tears and wrought devastation to the lives of the VanderJagt's, the Jaehnig's, and the Auman's. "But the storm was finally passing. The sun was shining once again leaving the landscape of Lisl's life verdant and fertile; a field of dreams where she was now free to cultivate the life about which she had only dreamed. "The storm for all of its heartache and terror had washed away the ugliness from her life. So instead of being broken and sullied as many do be-become behind bars, Lisl emerged from prison fresh and clean and ready to prove herself. "On the evening of April 26, 2005, Colleen Auerbach, Lisl's mother, picked Lisl up from Tully Hall. Lisl had with her one small bag. It was the only thing left after eight years in prison. Her move from the Hudson Hotel was finally complete. It was the best car ride of her life. She was finally going home." Thank you everybody for your time today. And thank you Google for the Author's at Google series and for Tracey for putting this together. I really appreciate it. Thank you all. [applause] [pause] I'd love to entertain a few questions or -- [pause] whatnot. [pause] >>Tracey: Yeah, if any, if anyone has any questions just come on up to the microphone. [pause] >>Matt Moseley: Howdy. >>male in audience: Hi. So I saw your, the picture of the fireworks -- >>Matt Moseley: Yeah. >>male in audience: and the ash-launch? >>Matt Mosley: Uh-huh. >>male in audience: can you just tell the story of-of Hunter's funeral and -- >>Matt Moseley: [laughs] >>male in audience: your part in that? >>Matt Moseley: Sure. You bet. >>male in audience: Thanks. >>Matt Moseley: You can see here, so when Hunter died he had left a-a little video clip from a 19, I think early '70s BBC documentary crew film-filmed him walkin ' around L.A. with Ralph Steadman and he, they went into a mortuary and they filmed Hunter described he wanted for his funeral. He wanted a 153 foot tall Gonzo fist to be shot, to be constructed at his home at Owl Farm and they would shoot his ashes out of that. So he died and Johnny Depp said, "Oh yeah. Is that what you want 'cause that's what you're gonna get. The joke's finally on you, man." So Johnny Depp built this at incredible personal expense and hired me to be the communications director and kind of Owl Farm family spokesperson. And it was one of the most wildest, craziest nights I could ever imagine. For a funeral even. [laughs] You can see we've got the, we've got the red shark here parked at the base. So just that gives you an-an indication of just how tall and how big it really was. And then Ralph Steadman did this little drawing of here's Hunter floating out into the ether. [laughs] [laughter] Yeah. So thanks for your question. It was, it was a really great -- and it was, it was then too that I really started to-to struggle with what did Hunter mean? What was his legacy? And I tried to say, "Go beyond his savage behavior and look at him as an artist. Look at him as a revolutionary journalist and what his contributions were." And that's what I tried to frame it as in the media too. So thanks. [pause] You 'all got any questions? [pause] I was joking. [pause] >>male in audience 2: So I see that your mom wrote a very positive review -- >>Matt Moseley: [laughs] >>male in audience 2: of your book -- [laughter] >>male in audience 2: on Amazon which I think is great. I wrote a book too and my Mom has not reviewed it, but -- >>Matt Moseley: Maybe-maybe, oh -- >>male in audience 2: Well, so the question is did she tell you this was coming? >>Matt Moseley: [laughs] The review? No, she didn't. And-and [laughs] it was very funny. I had a book signing at my home where I grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and I got a call from a newspaper who said, "I've just spoken with your mother." [laughs] And I said, I said, "Okay, now it's like PR/Mother, PR Agent/Mother. And I said, "Mom I think I'll handle that side of it and you can handle the mothering." Maybe they're one in the same. I don't know. Thanks for that astute observation. [pause] That's funny. I'll have to tell her about that. Hi. >>female in audience: Hi. So one question I have is I would assume that a lot of people who are convicted for murder would kind of I guess say that they were innocent like all along. So how did Lisl like make her point so compelling and like actually get someone to listen and advocate for her? 'Cause I would assume that a lot of people would just like say they were innocent. Which in her case she was. >>Matt Moseley: That is a great question because she tried to get traction and her family was yelling in a megaphone, but nobody would listen. And they wrote to Alan Dershowitz, they wrote to all the great Johnny Cochran's and all the great attorneys. And nobody would take up the cause. So at the end of the book I talk about Hunter's sad irony of involvement. People were saying, "Wasn't it great that Hunter got involved and got her out of jail? Wasn't this so cool? Are you gonna guys have a big party with an open bar and bunting?" We'd say, "No." The sad irony is that people shouldn't need a celebrity to get out of jail. The justice system should work on its own. And people shouldn't need people sending out press releases and they shouldn't need Warren Zevon playing "Lawyers, Guns and Money" on the west steps of the Capitol. The justice system should function normally. Nobody should need celebrities. In fact what about all the people that are in here right now that don't have anybody championing their cause? And there are people. There was this series done in I encourage everyone to watch it. It's called the Front Line - 5. It was a Front Line PBS series of people serving sentences remarkably similar to Lisl's. Somebody made, their cousin made 'em get in the car and drive like they were gonna go pick up something to eat for dinner and never came home again. Things like that. There's a lot of opportunity out there to correct some of these injustices, but who's gonna listen to them? Thanks. Good question. >>female in audience: Thank you. [pause] >>female in audience 2: Hi there. >>Matt Moseley: Hi. >>female in audience 2: So the minute you mentioned that Hunter took his own life my brain said, "Huh-uh." So how are we sure that he took his own life? >>Matt Moseley: [laughs] >>female in audience 2: Because you shared that right after you talked about this horrific article he wrote in Vanity Fair. >>Matt Moseley: Yeah. It was, I had talked to him actually the night before. I was in Grand Junction. I was doing a political campaign tour and he said, "You gotta come over. We're gonna get a decision soon." He thought. >>female in audience 2: Um. >>Matt Moseley: He felt that there would be a decision soon. And I had to go back home and the next night he, I learned he killed himself. It was the next day, so I don't think it had anything to do with me, obviously. But he had polo is my life. He had projects stacked up on his desk. He had the Lisl case that he felt was gonna, he felt, he had some hope for. So it was very puzzling to all of a sudden he did take his life. The forensics, there was an investigation done in Aspen which basically turns out it happened just the way they said it did. He shot himself. His grandson, Will and Juan were staying in the guest cabin next door. So that was a little tragic that they had to go through that. But he was in a lot of pain too. He had a cast on his leg where he had apparently taken a wrong turn at the mini bar in Hawaii and he also had hip problems that he was refusing to kinda get fixed. So he was in a lot of physical pain but it's still very puzzling to a lot of people why he took his life. >>female in audience 2: Um. >>Matt Moseley: Was he was warrior or was he a wimp? Was he coward or was he courageous in that? I don't know. Thank you. >>female in audience 2: You're welcome. I have another question. >>Matt Moseley: Uh-huh. >>female in audience 2: Could you tell us a little bit more about what you do beyond being an author? I know Tracey mentioned a little bit, but maybe a quick little bio on all the other interesting things you're a part of. >>Matt Mosley: Good. Thank you. I, oh I'm sorry. Yeah, I-I work in for a company called Intermountain Corporate Affairs in Denver and we do strategic communications and government relations. But this is the kind of stuff I would love to do. And it's being a-a spokesperson, it's fighting for a cause, it's being out there advocating. And I would love to write another book, but I don't necessarily aspire to be a full-time writer. I wanna have, I wanna go do things and live it and then write about it. And not necessarily just be the writer, but be-be an activist too. And that's why it was important I think to end it on that note about writing. Each one of us should write a little letter all the time. Do something that changes the world. [pause] So, great. [pause] >>male in audience 3: Just curious if the Governor had comments after the verdict got reversed. >>Matt Moseley: Yes, very good question because I spent three years writing this book and I'd already been her family spokesperson so I had three boxes of research before I even put one perd-word to paper. I went to talk to Bill Ritter, I went to talk to the Police Chief, Jerry Whitman. I tried talking to the current DA and none of them would talk to me. Once she walked outta jail, none of 'em said a single mo-nother word about Lisl. She was the most important case for five years and they demonized her every chance they could and yet when she got out there was not a single word more spoken. And this is important, I tried to get the research from the Denver District Attorney's Office. I sent a written request in. It took dozens of phone calls and a year later before I finally got a response and they said, "Sure, we'll let you look at all the 12 boxes, but you're gonna have to pay $150.00 per box. You're gonna have to pay a $50 per hour attorney redaction fee for us to go through the boxes first and then you're gonna have to pay another $50 for an attorney to sit there when you go through them." That was a ridiculous exercise because I already had all the research and all the stuff was already available in the Denver District, the Denver County Records Department. So the fact that they stonewalled it, they obfuscated, it says to me, speaks volumes about what they feel their own culpability in the situation was. And that if they really felt, if they really felt that they were on solid ground, they would have cooperated and they'd have said, "Yeah, we were right because of x, y, and x and we still stand by it." Nobody said a word. So, but thank you for the question. [pause] Go ahead. >>Tracey: Any other questions? Okay. Well thank you, Matt. Thanks for joining us. >>Matt Mosley: Thank you, Tracey and thanks everybody. It's been really fun. Appreciate it. Thank you Google! [applause]


  1. ^ Judy Bainbridge, "General Waddy Thompson," Greenville News, November 19, 2015, 1D.
  2. ^ A. V. Huff, Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1995), 103-05; Bainbridge.
  3. ^ Bainbridge, 2D.
  4. ^ New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1846. Ernest M. Lander, Jr., "General Waddy Thompson, A Friend of Mexico during the Mexican War," South Carolina Historical Magazine, 78: 1 (January 1977), 32-42.
  5. ^ Bainbridge, 2D. Thompson was an explicit racist, in his Recollections calling blacks "lazy, filthy, and vicious creatures" whenever "not held in bondage.(6)
  6. ^ Bainbridge, 2D.
  • United States Congress. "Waddy Thompson Jr. (id: T000221)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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