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All good points. I think that what you say is true. The thing about Dingle that really intrigues me is that he was a Representative from Michigan. Bear with me on this one….
When I was doing the Smoking Gun four themes popped up out all proportion to the norm in frequency, specificity or contextual significance in terms of Fuhrman’s opening remarks on the McKinney tapes and his real and rumored contacts with Nicole Simpson.
Number one was the “French connection,” in every meaning of the phrase. Sexually it was male-to-male, female to female or female-to-male. Cinematically it was Gene Hackman’s role in the movie by that name, the Statue of Liberty and O.J. with a jigsaw puzzle box of the Eiffel Tower in The Naked Gun 2. Recently I found it in The Cassandra Crossing with O.J. on a train going through France.
Number two was ghosts.
Three was “time travel,” manipulations of time.
Number four was the city of Detroit, mostly in connection with cops (Robocop, Beverly Hills Cop, Collision Course, To Protect and Serve), Catholics (The Rosary Murders) or the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The baseball links were too numerous to list.
Eventually that led me to look up Tigers that Fuhrman might have a special interest in. I immediately thought of a 6’ 3” pitcher called Mark (the bird) Fidrych. To rule out bias (I’m from Detroit, a Tiger fan and a Fidrych fan) I looked for anyone with the initials MF who had ever stood out in Major League history. I found one, Mark (the bird) Fidrych, American League Rookie of the year 1976.
The San Diego Freeway is the closest freeway to Rockingham. From everything I could learn it seems that Fuhrman showed up there to witness the baseball bat incident in October of ’84. That’s when the Tigers were playing the San Diego Padres in the World Series. The losing pitcher for the series was Mark Thurmond. In Fuhrman’s account of the baseball bat incident he moved the calendar ahead one year.
In Fuhrman’s movie he moved the calendar ahead one month. I was sure that I would see, as I did, many references to the “French connection,” ghosts, time travel and Detroit, specifically the Tigers. I saw only a tangential reference to a World Series game (when Fuhrman gets off the train) and a picture of Martha with her cat. Then I read the book.
Dorothy Moxley was from Michigan (Dingle’s district? It does not include Detroit) She brought in Detroit Homicide detectives to investigate Martha’s murder. One of the last people to see Martha alive in fact was named Ix. In the movie her name is Foster. Martha had a cat named Tiger. The only chirping bird scene in the movie that didn’t seem to fit the portent of death I expected was where Dorothy showed a picture of Martha and her cat to Fuhrman. It fits now. –Jasper