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2000 Stories by Jeannette Batz

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  • Beast Wishes

    published December 20, 2000

    Dante had his Virgil. St. Louisans who enter Satan's realm must take as their guide the Grotto Master, a pompous chap who calls himself Merlinus... More >>

  • The Source of Evil

    published December 20, 2000

    Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, died in 1997, two days before Halloween. In his black and smoky purple San Francisco house were a... More >>

  • A Sewer Runs Through It

    published December 6, 2000

    After mucking about for months in the foul odors and floods of the River des Peres, city engineer W.W. Horner dried his boots and prepared a... More >>

  • Food for Thought

    published November 1, 2000

    At 16, she hitchhiked all the way from Massachusetts to Colorado, hungry for fast slopes, fresh powder and a cornflower-blue sky. She skied from... More >>

  • Playing With Fire

    published October 18, 2000

    The shot glass slid like a hockey puck -- straight down the scarred wood bar to Chris Hummel. The liquid glowed in the dimmed after-hours light,... More >>

  • Wistful Whizzers

    published September 20, 2000

    Scanning the empty hallway and looking once, nonchalantly, over his shoulder, Alan leans the door open and slips inside. Quickly he conceals... More >>

  • The Talented Mr. Spellmann

    published September 6, 2000

    He was born in El Campo, an East Texas town with a museum of big-game trophies from five continents. He grew up fighting with his... More >>

  • The Torture Place

    published August 9, 2000

    Abhaseen Barikzy sits alone in the bare living room, still as a wounded lion. His eyes are hidden by dark glasses and his chest is... More >>

  • The Official Story

    published August 9, 2000

    The scars of Abhaseen Barikzy's torture are irrefutable, but his accounts of others' torture are uncorroborated and grisly enough to wish false.... More >>

  • This Ain't No Party

    published July 19, 2000

    It was just after 8 a.m. on May 18, and the cubicled clerks in the St. Charles County Administration Building were still gulping that first... More >>

  • The Man Who Would Be King

    published July 12, 2000

    It's only a 15-minute speech at Cafe de France, but Jane Robert's been rewriting it in her head for a month now. All she has to do is tell... More >>

  • Fertile Imagination

    published June 21, 2000

    ORGANIC: Acting as an instrument, of nature or art, to a certain end. --Oxford English Dictionary Cold March rain drums... More >>

  • Food for All Seasons

    published June 21, 2000

    Chef Dave Owens emerges from the kitchen of Cardwell's on the Plaza, wipes his hands on his high-necked white smock and heads for a table at the... More >>

  • Literary Larceny

    published May 31, 2000

    Andrew Clayton sat at his dorm-room desk, staring into the blank plaster eyes of Poseidon and ignoring the letter he'd slid beneath the bust's... More >>

  • Right of Passage

    published May 24, 2000

    Last October, Katie Johnson spent a whole evening poring over her senior packet, reading about McCluer North's class rings, class pictures, senior... More >>

  • Stalking the Hungry Ghosts

    published May 17, 2000

    Scrunching back the sleeves of his white lab coat, Jon Burrows reaches into a cage, isolates a mouse and picks him up by the scruff of his... More >>

  • The Olmstead Challenge

    published May 10, 2000

    Five years ago, Charlene Day had to be institutionalized. Dwarfed since birth, with arms and legs a third as long as the world expects and... More >>

  • Plight of the Gypsies

    published April 26, 2000

    They excite the hatred of the bourgeois even though inoffensive as sheep.... that hatred is linked to something deep and complex; it is found in... More >>

  • Devoured by Hate

    published April 26, 2000

    The current Balkan conflict isn't the first time foreign correspondents have sent dispatches to say the gypsies refuse to take sides; there's one... More >>

  • The Boys from Boonville

    published March 15, 2000

    When Stanley Joseph was 15, he fell in love with the girl next door, and together they discovered sex. In a New York borough, it would have made... More >>

  • The Lost Boys

    published March 15, 2000

    What happened to the other five boys transferred with David Wainwright and Stanley Joseph? Both Nick Allen and James Baker are rumored to be... More >>

  • Roman Holiday

    published March 8, 2000

    In the controversial film Dogma, two fallen angels try to get back to heaven on the wings of a plenary indulgence -- a bit of grace... More >>


    published January 19, 2000

    On day eight of Vince Greer's murder trial, the St. Louis County jury filed out of the courtroom. It was now their turn to decide: Either Vince... More >>


    published January 12, 2000

    The morning Vince Greer's murder trial began, an illustrator for TV news sat on the first bench in the crowded St. Louis County courtroom, pastels... More >>


    published January 5, 2000

    In the fable, we see every jiggle of the emperor's naked pink flesh, but his garments are invisible. Kellwood's garments hang on racks... More >>

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