The recent rash of robberies of all the grooviest local Lexington businesses reminded of one of the most fascinating historical characters. Mary Sweeney was her name, and throwing bricks was her game.
Mary Sweeney was a well-educated, middle-classed mom with a penchant for destruction. In the 1890’s, after a head injury, Mary began having manic episodes. She found the only way to calm her nerves was to take liberal amounts of cocaine (then legal) and shatter shit. So, she went around Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota throwing bricks through the windows of successful establishments. She’d hop on a train, head to a town, and wreak havoc until arrested. For her exploits, she served time in 100 different jails. It is said, she single-handedly did over $50,000 worth of damage…and remember this was in the 1800’s. Her exploits are documented in the film, Wisconsin Death Trip.
I think, like Mary Sweeney: The Wisconsin Window Smasher, we all have a violent streak. We just control it, but many of us are just one mule-kick-to-the-head from letting it out. I know that if mine were released, it would culminate in shin kicking. I would buy badass pointy-toed cowboy boots (like the ones pictured), and then travel the tri-state area kicking strangers in the shins. I’d just run up, smile, kick them, giggle, and run away. Donna Ison: Bluegrass Bone Bruiser…it’s got a ring to it.
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