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Judy Piercey - Beth's Story

Beth’s Story

Sarah Elizabeth Newhook was born July 18, 1918. Or so her mother said. The Newfoundland government disagrees. Officially, the records say Sarah Elizabeth Newhook was born on July 17, 1918.

Sarah Elizabeth only learned of the discrepancy when she was widowed on July 11, 1968, a week before her 50th birthday. As you can imagine, there wasn’t much of a birthday celebration that year, following the shock of her husband’s sudden death. But the next year, when Sarah Elizabeth’s family brought her presents and birthday greetings on July 18, she declared that they were a day late. Her birthday has passed the day before.

Judy Piercey - The Washstand's Journey

The Washstand’s Journey

I am a Washstand.

And even though I have made much of my beginnings in Chicago at the World’s Fair of 1893, my true roots are most likely somewhere in the Caribbean. Genealogical research carried out on my behalf suggests that I am made of mahogany, a material that was imported from the Caribbean for furniture manufacturing. The beautiful dark wood that lends to my own beauty is of a style that itself became wildly popular at the Chicago World’s Fair.

For now, I want to tell you about the significant events that took me to where I am today. I want to tell you about the people with whom I have shared this journey.

Judy Piercey - The Fierce

The Fierce

In 1975, Andrija Artuković was living a peaceful life with his family in the Los Angeles suburb of Surfside. Wanted in Yugoslavia for war crimes in the brutal murders of 700,000 during World War II, Artuković claimed political asylum after entering the U.S. illegally in 1948. After enlisting in an extremist group intent with plotting and executing acts of terrorism, David Whitelaw swore he would risk his life to ensure that Artuković was deported to stand trial as a war criminal. What followed is the remarkable, untold story of the teenager who helped take down one of the most notorious mass murderers in history.