In defense of the Pied Piper

No bodies, no weapons, no witnesses and no forensic evidence of the children’s demise was ever found. I rest my case. Now maybe the decades of libel and slander against the hardworking flautist for crimes he did not commit can finally be put to rest.

Photo of rats.

A simple rat exterminator or diabolical kidnapper?

Check out one of the Charleston Mercury’s op ed columnists, Patra Taylor, for the truth about the Pied Piper of Hamelin in her column, In defense of the Pied Piper.

Op ed columnists have long been among the most admired writers to Patra Taylor. In January 2019, she decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing with her own iteration of opinion writing with RAWW, Rants of an Angry White Woman…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half.

Decide how Patra Taylor is doing with her new op ed columns:

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About the Charleston Mercury

The Charleston Mercury was founded by Henry L. Pinckney in 1819. He was its sole editor for 15 years. I ceased publication with the Union Army occupation of Charleston. After the Civil War, publication resumed in November 1866 before the newspaper closed permanently two years later in 1868.

The paper’s name was dormant until March 2000 when Charles W. Waring III and a group of investors started the “Charleston Mercury” online. The paper covered the inauguration of George W. Bush on a daily basis in Jan. 2001. In October 2002, Waring took the paper to print. From that point until March 2013, the paper published every two weeks; from March 2013 until the present, the paper has published a monthly edition under the ownership of Holy City Productions, LLC, an independent media firm owned by Waring and a group of investors. The “Charleston Mercury” newspaper reaches roughly 50,000 affluent readers in the greater Charleston area.

Author: Patra Taylor

A freelance writer for three decades, Patra Taylor is currently a regular columnist and features correspondent for the Charleston Mercury. In that capacity, she has interviewed numerous Charleston celebrities along with a few national figures including FOX News political commentator, Tucker Carlson; Washington, D.C. insider-turned-winemaker, Bear Dyke; and country music singer/songwriter, Philip Claypool. She is also a regular contributor to Charleston Style and Design and the Southeast Film Guide.

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