Any good editor or journalism teacher tells reporters that details make the story. And today’s Star Tribune features my favorite detail this year.
In a piece about the Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme and Cook associate Pat Kiley, Strib reporter Dan Browning noted:
Kiley … though ailing, looked dapper in a dark blue suit, white shirt, silk tie and matching handkerchief. He walked unsteadily with an assist from his replica Lucius Malfoy cane, topped with a silver snake head.
A Lucius Malfoy cane!
As it turns out, they really do make these — and better yet, the $95 cane (technically, the “Lucius Malfoy walking stick,” according to the Warner Brother Studio Shop) features an 18-inch wand hidden in the stick!
The mind boggles at Kiley, a Christian broadcaster who promoted Cook’s fraudulent investments, embracing an accessory from one of Harry Potter’s wizards. But I guess he has a certain appreciation for the Dark Arts.