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October 13, 2013 2:40 PM   Subscribe

In 1994, the Tampa Bay Times published a riveting story about Kenneth Hardcastle. One of Tampa Bay's civic elites, Hardcastle also had a burgeoning crack addiction and a fondness for underage prostitutes.

Hardcastle died in 2002, just six weeks before his son was killed by police.
posted by reenum (13 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fascinating reading for Torontonians following the Rob Ford saga.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 3:49 PM on October 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


Maybe this is terrible, but I just read it to see if he was a Republican. He was.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 4:22 PM on October 13, 2013 [6 favorites]


Maybe this is terrible, but I just read it to see if he was a Republican. He was.

Not terrible, typical. Typical that he got so many chances, so much slack. Money is the ultimate get out of jail free card.
posted by nevercalm at 4:39 PM on October 13, 2013 [7 favorites]


I mean tragic, and whatever...but why are we revisiting this 20 years after it happened? Did I miss something, or is there a reason to bring this back into the light and reopen old wounds, or is it just prurient gandering?
posted by dejah420 at 5:23 PM on October 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fascinating reading for Torontonians following the Rob Ford saga.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 3:49 PM on October 13 [2 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]


Toronto - the Tampa of the North! Ontario is the new Florida but with meese etc.
posted by Bwithh at 5:42 PM on October 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


I read it this morning, and saw that it had never been posted before. It's a Pulitzer Prize nominated story, so I think it qualifies as being one of the best things on the Web.
posted by reenum at 5:51 PM on October 13, 2013 [6 favorites]


Didn't Ford get a DUI in Tampa?
posted by dobbs at 6:14 PM on October 13, 2013


This is definitely a good read. Well-written, getting beyond the tawdry summary to examine the various complexities underneath such a situation. A good read to satisfy my armchair psychologist/sociologist tendencies. And I can see the relevance vis-a-vis Rob Ford.

That said, I agree with dejah420: I feel a bit of the "oh look at this fall from grace" rubbernecking. Pipe dream for someone like me wanting to read this as a data point for US classism or humanity at large, rather than a data point for Tampa Bay or Hardcastles or even Reupblicans or what-have-you: could it be revised to read with names/key details redacted after a certain amount of time??
posted by Theophrastus Johnson at 6:50 PM on October 13, 2013


Apparently he died in 2002 from a combination of cocaine and heart failure. His son was shot by a cop two months later.
posted by Hactar at 6:58 PM on October 13, 2013


Apparently his son's wife had died of lung cancer recently, and it looks like the son committed "suicide by cop," waving a .357 around. The sins of the fathers.
posted by mecran01 at 8:57 PM on October 13, 2013


Metafilter: just prurient gandering
posted by Meatbomb at 9:42 PM on October 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


His name is Kendrick, not Kenneth.
posted by broken wheelchair at 11:31 AM on October 14, 2013


I appreciate the post, it was an incredibly well-written article.
posted by the_royal_we at 7:02 PM on October 14, 2013


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