Mining City Messages

Another Pedro Pan 'kid'



Juan Jose Valdes, The Geographer at the National Geographic Society, left Havana as a child but luckily was soon reunited with his family who got out of Cuba, unlike many of these children's parents. Read more about Juan here.

Cuba's displaced Pedro Pan kids

oppA plotline in Grave Madness involves Operation Pedro Pan, the exodus and exile of Cuban children to the States in the 60's. Since the President's recent decision to open relations with Cuba, I've been waiting to hear about the reaction of the now grown 'Pedro Pan' kids. The Washington Post's interview with the mayor of Denver, a Pedro Pan 'kid', reveals the story here.

El proximo año en Cuba

Today's announcement about normalizing relations with Cuba might be welcomed by a character, maybe two, in Grave Madness. Here's a timeline from today's USA Today for those who may not remember when US/Cuban relations went south....Cuban timeline

The untold stories of Cuban Exile

The plotline in Grave Madness about Cuban exiles has its genesis in my adolescence. Fascination with Cuba came early, following the fear of nuclear war. I remember the emergency drills, hiding under our desks, in case the Soviets launched a nuclear warhead from Cuba. That said, my fear was nothing compared with the fear of the Cuban children sent to the US during Operation Pedro Pan. I keep waiting to see a news story about them.

Local Author Pens New Mystery


Butte author Marian Jensen's new book, "Grave Madness,'' a Mining City mystery, will be released on Friday.
     In "Grave Madness," author Jensen explores the stigma of mental illness, its impact on family and friendship, and the dangers that emerge when old secrets come to light.
     Mesa and Chance Dawson and their quirky friends and colleagues at the Mining City Messenger are on the story once again in this second installment of Mining City Mysteries set in Butte.
     Nobody in Butte has been killed on St. Patrick's Day in recent memory, though the next morning many feel half-alive after one too many the day before. And who would think that an ad in the Mining City Messenger would lead to someone's death?
     A St. Patrick's Day weekend in Butte is a grand time to be finding old acquaintances. A woman comes to town, hoping to look up an old friend, a former mental patient. Finding him presents a challenge since he was accused of killing another patient and in spectacular fashion. Supposedly, he pushed the other guy off a 40-foot thermal outcropping on the hospital grounds. The challenge is also a personal one for the Dawson's because the woman was a close friend of their mother, who died more than 15 years ago.
     Mesa and Chance reconstruct the facts and find witnesses to solve a 30-year-old death in order to solve the St. Patrick's Day homicide. Among their leads are a host of former hospital staff and patients including a nurse whose prescription drug habit led to a change in careers, and a Cuban psychiatrist, an exile after Castro's revolution. Most want to forget the secrets of the past -- especially the killer.

Read more: Local Author Pens New Mystery

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