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Reid, Cantor, Palin…Please Believe Me

     The following “false story/fake news”, has been forwarded around the email circles, as an example of great political spin. Even  Snopes states that this Reid story isn’t really about him specifically, and has been attributed to multiple politicians including Gore, Bush, Stevens and Biden and maybe even those in the blog title. 

     Since it made me laugh and also made a point, I thought it would be my blog topic today, since I always say that insurance companies and Big Business  regularly explain (spin) away their conduct. So, here goes:

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in Southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree.  She discovered that Senator Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor. 

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: “Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889”

So, Judy recently emailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their Great-Great Uncle.

Believe it or not, Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

“Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory.  His Business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana Railroad.  Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.  In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.  In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”

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