The Lucius Malfoy cane and Journalism 101

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.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Bob Striker on 09/15/2010 - 11:17 am.

    David: You clearly do not peruse the Skymall catalog often enough when flying. Otherwise, you’d already be aware of the Lucius Malfoy cane. I guess that Kiley figured that the Indiana Jones machete ( would have been over the top.

  2. Submitted by Michael Hunt on 09/15/2010 - 12:46 pm.

    David, you’re still a step ahead of me. Knowing nothing of Harry Potter, I thought Milfoy was the name of some fashion designer. A co-worker set me striaght.

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