Sunday, March 31, 2013

Dr. Bronner, public crucifixion and Chicago

In honor of Easter, a Chicago story related to a crucifixion.

I'd always assumed that Dr. Bronner's religious essays on the side of soap bottles was somehow related to an extremely right-wing Christian sect.  To be honest, I'd never thought much of it.

Image courtesy Wikipedia.

Recently we have been moving toward more natural products in our home, and Jane purchased a gigantic bottle of Bronner's 18-in-1 soap.  I started reading the bottle and noticed an interestingly singular amalgamation of various belief systems - Christianity, Judaism and references to authors such as Rudyard Kipling.

Bronner it seems has a much more fascinating background than one might anticipate

Not surprisingly, a bit of research brings Bronner's antics directly through Chicago.

Three are Sought in Crucifixion of Chicago Man - The Evening Independent, March 10, 1945

An escape from a mental institution in Elgin immediately followed this incident.


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    1. Thank you for reminding me! I'd been meaning to watch this and finally got around to it. I enjoyed the movie, but they definitely downplayed this particular incident. They said that Bronner was "speaking out about freedom." No mention of "public crucifixion."

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  3. ahuman: I don't see what that has to do with Dr Bronner or Fred Walcher's crucifixion for peace in 1945. It seems like a giant piece of self promotion, but whatever.

    1. I deleted the spam. I'd missed it originally, so thank you for bringing it to my attention!