Mississippi Burning : The sheriff's house

The sheriff's house

Did you see the sheriff's house? What a disgrace. He should have spent less time mistreating blacks and protecting the KKK and more time cleaning up his front yard and painting his house.

His front yard looked like a jungle and his house looked like it hadn't been painted in 40 years. What a mess.


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It was a small town working class southern white man's home. Quite normal for the time. But check out small villages of Alaska and see the homes they live in today. No comparison!

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Baloney. I live in the South. I am familiar with the heat and humidity. That sheriff had a cushy job. He spent most of his time sitting around being a stupid bigot. He could have spent some of his time doing yard work. He didn't have to have an award winning garden. But he could have kept the grass cut. And he didn't have to paint the whole house at one time. He could have painted one side at a time.

We have a wooden house in Covington, Louisiana. We live in New Orleans. We cut the grass on weekends. And we paint the house --- one side at a time --- when needed.

That sheriff was a miserable, hateful bigot. All he did was sit around all day in his police uniform acting like a tough guy. He didn't appreciate his wife at all. He was probably never home. He spent all his free time with his KKK friends pretending like he was something special. When he was home he demanded his wife have meals ready based on his needs and a beer in his hand so he could watch TV undisturbed. That lazy, wife beating sack of crap. Meanwhile, his house looked like it was abandoned and his wife was desperate for love, respect and attention. That is why she enjoyed the company of the Gene Hackman character. Because he treated her like lady.

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There are tons of houses in the South that look like that, even to this day. The very wet and humid Gulf-stream climate is not nice to traditional painted wooden houses, and will age them much faster than a normal climate that is not so wet. Plants can be cut to the ground and grow back jungle-size within a few weeks.

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Baloney. I live in the South. I am familiar with the heat and humidity. That sheriff had a cushy job. He spent most of his time sitting around being a stupid bigot. He could have spent some of his time doing yard work. He didn't have to have an award winning garden. But he could have kept the grass cut. And he didn't have to paint the whole house at one time. He could have painted one side at a time. 

We have a wooden house in Covington, Louisiana. We live in New Orleans. We cut the grass on weekends. And we paint the house --- one side at a time --- when needed. 

That sheriff was a miserable, hateful bigot. All he did was sit around all day in his police uniform acting like a tough guy. He didn't appreciate his wife at all. He was probably never home. He spent all his free time with his KKK friends pretending like he was something special. When he was home he demanded his wife have meals ready based on his needs and a beer in his hand so he could watch TV undisturbed. That lazy, wife beating sack of crap. Meanwhile, his house looked like it was abandoned and his wife was desperate for love, respect and attention. That is why she enjoyed the company of the Gene Hackman character. Because he treated her like lady. 

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Hey look, no baloney and no insult intended. I'm totally not arguing that Pell was a horrible man. I too live in the south, I live in Southeast Texas and have been all over the state for numerous years. I'm merely reporting what I KNOW TO BE TRUE, that there are a ton of wooden houses in this part of the country that look like crap due to the climate, and that plants DO grow like the dickens in this part of the world. It doesn't take much neglect for things to get out of hand. The climate is really hard on wooden homes in the south. This has nothing to do with the Pell character, who was a tool. TRUTH.

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I totally believe you when you say you see unkempt wooden houses and yards. But down here, self respecting, responsible people take care of their property. I have seen houses like you are describing. And the owners are either trashy and/or poor. That sheriff was neither poor or overworked. He was just a ignorant, hateful bigot who was more concerned with trying to fit in with the "Ole Boy's Club" than being a good husband and citizen. Any self respecting human being who was not poor or overworked would take pride in their home and spend time with their wife being respectful, appreciative, loving and attentive. And their house would indicate that. That sheriff's house was a sign of what a piece of *beep* he was.


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Yes I totally agree with what you are saying that Pell was not a good man. I was just trying to add that in general, the climate in the south is hard on older wooden homes which are not well maintained (for whatever reason), and that the same climate can make the yard get out of hand really quickly if it's ignored even for a short time. I know the latter (jungle yard) from personal experience... lol.

But you are right, Pell was a useless POS who would rather spend his time attending sausage parties with his buddies, drinking beer and raising hell in the night, and abusing his law enforcement position, than being a good man and good husband caring for his home and his wife. I personally loved all the parts with Anderson and Mrs. Pell. She was mistreated and unhappy, and Anderson obviously liked her. He was the opposite of what her husband was, and they both knew it. The chemistry between them was very real, bittersweet and easy to relate to.

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Yes I totally agree with what you are saying that Pell was not a good man. I was just trying to add that in general, the climate in the south is hard on older wooden homes which are not well maintained (for whatever reason), and that the same climate can make the yard get out of hand really quickly if it's ignored even for a short time. I know the latter (jungle yard) from personal experience... lol.

If you say the southern climate is harder on wooden houses than other climates, I will take your word for it. But, the climate in Mississippi is no harsher than the climate in New Orleans. And most people don't let their houses deteriorate like that.

And that yard !!! He was living there !!! I could see if he lived out of state and couldn't visit every month. Do you know how long it would take for the grass and weeds to grow into a jungle? He couldn't cut the grass once every two or three weeks !!!


But you are right, Pell was a useless POS who would rather spend his time attending sausage parties with his buddies, drinking beer and raising hell in the night, and abusing his law enforcement position, than being a good man and good husband caring for his home and his wife. I personally loved all the parts with Anderson and Mrs. Pell. She was mistreated and unhappy, and Anderson obviously liked her. He was the opposite of what her husband was, and they both knew it. The chemistry between them was very real, bittersweet and easy to relate to.

I was hoping for all their sakes --- but mostly hers --- that the Gene Hackman character (Anderson?) would rescue her from that miserable life of servitude and take her back from wherever he came from. One, because it seemed they were happy together. And two, that would serve Pell right for being such a bad husband.

Thank you for agreeing about the sheriff.


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