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Readers have no sympathy for "Knockout King" Elex Murphy, Brandt's Cafe or Reggie Allen 

It's not just St. Louis: These kind of attacks are part of a nationwide trend ["Knockout King," John H. Tucker]. I'm in California, and about a year or two back, an Asian was punched and killed in a very similar manner as the couple in your story.

These thugs should be put down, in my opinion. Try them as adults and give them life without parole — or better yet, put them down the same as would be done for rabid dogs.
Danieljoeoconnor, via the Internet

King of the mountain: I am licensed to carry a firearm. If someone runs up and punches me out of nowhere, I am going to assume it is a robbery — and I am going to shoot them.

I hope the children playing this game realize that everyone they decide to attack is not defenseless.
Navytomcat, via the Internet

Don't blame the neighborhood: Hilarious that Adam Brandt blames the Loop's decline for his restaurant's closure [Brandt's Cafe Announces Closure," Ian Froeb]. How about your terrible food and even worse service?

I'm glad the space is open for a place that takes things seriously.
Jim, via the Internet

Decline and fail: Sorry, not buying the "declining steeply over the past two years" line. As a within-walking-distance resident for nearly twenty years, I've been to Brandt's multiple times over the last five years, mostly because I was stupid enough to want to give them another chance. Second, I couldn't believe that any restaurant could be that consistently bad and stay in business — and so I counted the first few poor experiences as flukes. After a string of bad experiences, I finally gave up, and when friends suggested it as a get-together place, I strongly recommended otherwise.

Brandt's now-former owner shouldn't be blaming his stunning incompetence and complete inability to manage a business on the Loop. I wanted to be a regular; you guys blew it time after time.

Good riddance — perhaps the space will end up with someone who actually knows how to manage (and appreciate) staff, inventory and customers.

P.S. to the waitstaff: We always gave you guys 25 percent-plus, no matter what happened — you deserved better operations management. Hope you find good places to land.
Lisa Kramer Sass, via the Internet

Tear down this bar: How bad does a bar have to be to go out of business when it's stationed across from the most foot-trafficked bar on the most foot-trafficked street in the city? It has to be Brandt's-level bad. Razing the building and salting the ground would be an upgrade.

Take a hike, Adam, and stop pointing fingers everywhere else. Here's hoping that something worthwhile takes its spot on the Loop.
JP, via the Internet

The truth hurts: On behalf of the family and friends and supporters of Justice for Anthony Rice, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to the RFT, and especially the outstanding in-depth investigation and investigative reportage by hard-hitting, old-school reporter Nicholas Phillips for his tenacious, no-holds-barred reportage on this case in the January 20, 2011, issue ["Reggie Allen: Indicted for Killing Anthony Rice Outside East St. Louis Bar in 2009," Chad Garrison].

We believe that Phillips' story was the catalyst that resulted in this case finally being submitted to the grand jury by the new St. Clair County State's Attorney. Hopefully justice will be done this time.
J. Justin Meehan, via the Internet

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