Spring is in the air and this month is full of promise… and a few traditions. Not only do we have the wonderful St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to look forward to (be sure to see the delicious adult beverage recipe below), we have the amazing admonitions of Friday the 13th and the Ides of March!
Friday the 13th – Negative superstitions like walking under a ladder, crossing paths with a black cat, or breaking a mirror, have swirled around the number 13 for centuries. Psychologist have even given the fear of the number 13 its own term: triskaidekaphobia.
As a crime fiction writer, I’ve done research on two sensational crimes that occurred on Friday the 13th: the Kitty Genovese murder in Queens, New York and the Tupac Shakur shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On March 13, 1964, Kitty was returning home from work at 2:30 am when a man approached her with a knife. She ran to her apartment building’s front door, but the man stabbed her while she screamed. A neighbor yelled out his window, causing the attacker to flee. Kitty crawled to the rear of her apartment building, but was too weak to make it inside. The attacker returned ten minutes later, raped and stabbed her and stole her money. Police arrived several minutes after the second attack, but Kitty died on the way to the hospital.
On September 7, 1996, Tupac was in the lobby of the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas when he and members of a street gang got into a fight. Several hours later, Tupac was riding in a car driven by Marian “Suge” Knight, head of Death Row Records, when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them at a stoplight and opened fire. Tupac sustained four gunshots to his boy; one bullet grazed Suge’s head. Although Tupac made it through emergency surgery and doctor’s announced his recovery chances were good, Tupac died of his wounds on September 13th.
The Ides of March – In ancient times, the Ides of March marked the first full moon of the year, which Romans celebrated with feasts and sacrifices in honor of the god Jupiter. But, in 44 B.C., March 15th became notorious for the assassination of Julius Caesar. Although a soothsayer had warned Julius Caesar to “beware the Ides of March” and not go to a senate meeting, he ignored the warning. A group of Roman senators, including his friend Brutus, stabbed him to death as he sat on the podium at the senate meeting. From then until today, many people are wary of March 15th and take special care to avoid tense situations.
Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) with a delicious, refreshing cocktail: Emerald Sunrise.
1 1/2 ounces Tequila
1 1/2 ounces Blue Curaçao
4–6 ounces Orange Juice
Fill an 8–10-ounce glass half-full with ice. Add Blue Curaçao and tequila and mix. Stir in orange juice and garnish with a mandarin orange slice and a shamrock (a mint leaf)
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