Beheading at the Garden Lounge
Mutts blogger John Woestendiek brought me this true tale about a ghastly beheading at the Garden Lounge in the days of yore ...
Days of yore = 1962, before owner Judy Melton and her husband took over.
According to Melton, a fire truck was barreling south down Light Street and tried to turn left onto Fort Avenue.
The truck swung wide and ran into the Garden Lounge, busting through the front of the building. That wasn't too bad.
But then a second truck slammed into the first one, pushing it farther into the store.
One of the former owners, Rose, was standing at the cash register when all this happened, and the truck beheaded her.
I rummaged through Sun archives yesterday looking for any clips about the tragedy. And though I'm assuming we wrote about it, I couldn't find any to confirm Melton's story.But Melton has a picture of the firetruck stuck in the building, which she showed to Woestendiek a couple days ago.
What a crazy story.