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I've stayed away from the explosive claim that Macaca Allen stuffed the head of a deer in the mailbox of a black family because, well, it seems so ridiculously outlandish. I figured that if the event really did happen, that additional evidence to that effect would emerge.

Apparently, people are working on it.

I spoke to a deputy in the Louisa County Sheriff's Office late yesterday afternoon. They are looking though old records for any report of a deer's head stuffed into a black family's mailbox. This is an active investigation again- I have the cell phone number of deputy working on the case.  

I'm not banking on this story being corroborated. But if it is, you'd have to think it would be the nail in Allen's coffin.

Update: Ryan Lizza has gotten a second source to corroborate the "dear head in the mail box" story.

A former college classmate of George Allen and Ken Shelton, the North Carolina radiologist who says Allen regularly used the N-word in the 1970s and once stuck the head of a deer in the mailbox of a black family, has come forward to corroborate one of Shelton's accusations.

"I'm not out to get George Allen," says George Beam, a 53 year-old technical manager in the nuclear industry, who lives in Forest, Virginia. "I just think Kenny Shelton is a fine, upstanding person, and I know he is telling the truth."

Beam was roommates with Billy Lanahan, now deceased, who, along with Allen and Shelton, was the third member of the now infamous hunting party. According to Beam, Lanahan later told him the bizarre story of the three men stuffing the deer head into a mailbox. He says Lanahan did not tell him that the prank had any racial overtones.

"Some time drinking a beer at U Heights," Beam says, referring to the campus housing complex where Beam, Lanahan, and Allen all lived, "Lanahan told me they went hunting and killed a deer. All I know is they cut off a deer head and stuck it in someone's mailbox...He didn't say it was racial -- just said they stuck it in a mailbox as a prank."

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 08:32 AM PDT.

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