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Mowlam was a lecturer in the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1977 and at Florida State University in Tallahassee from 1977 to 1979. During her time in Tallahassee, her apartment was broken into by someone who she suspected was Ted Bundy, a serial killer and rapist who murdered thirty-five young women and attacked several others.
Mowlam's time as Northern Ireland Secretary saw the signing of the historic Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998. Her personal charisma, reputation for plain speaking and her fight against a brain tumour led her to be perceived by many as one of the most popular "New Labour" politicians in the UK. When Tony Blair mentioned her in his speech at the 1998 Labour Party Conference, she received a standing ovation.
Originally posted by wigit
I had no idea Mo Mowlam had a close call with Ted Bundy? OMG!!
She's a legend.
I'm reading a book about Bundy right now. The Riverman. Still waiting for the part where he helps the cops catch the Green River Killer.
There's a lot of what ifs in this book too. What if the cops had paid attention to Bundy's girlfriend when she first reported his behaviour to the police? They had his name on their list, it was near the top, but they were far too busy and he wasn't caught till months and many deaths later. Who might those lovely girls have become?
What if the press stayed out of the investigations of the Green River Killer and didn't take photos of police stake-outs near his dumping ground? He started dumping bodies farther and farther away after the pics were printed.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
Fate is a tricky subject.
Originally posted by Biliverdin
reply to post by davesmart
I should imagine that she would smell bad, given what must be, by now, a rather advanced state of decomposition. Or are you like Bundy and prefer them in that state?
Throughout the novel, Harris gradually explains the fictional historical developments that allowed Germany to prevail in World War II. Although not specifically stated, the earliest point of divergence is that Reinhard Heydrich survives the assassination attempt in May 1942 - which in reality killed him - and becomes head of the SS. The Nazi offensives on the Eastern Front ultimately pushed back the Soviet forces, while the D-Day invasion by the Allies presumably failed.
King George VI and Winston Churchill go to Canada in exile. Edward VIII regains the British throne at the helm of a pro-German puppet government, with Wallis Simpson as his queen, however the British Empire still controls its territories in Africa and Asia. Germany allows this to spread its influence around the world. After being forced east, the remaining Soviet forces (still under Stalin) begin a protracted guerrilla war.
Originally posted by Biliverdin
But to extend the remit, what if, Nelson Mandela had not been imprisoned, would he have become the man he is today? Or would the world be a different place had Martin Luther King not be shot?
In short, how important is the individual?
edit on 17-3-2012 by Biliverdin because: (no reason given)