BELLESILES UPDATE: A reader points out that a piece Bellesiles had written for the Emory academic website on January 22 has apparently been pulled. The piece was entitled “Bellesiles Further Responds to Critics, Says He Has Located Missing San Francisco Records.” Trouble was, those turned out not to be the records after all, and drew a rather testy response from the Contra Costa Historical Society where he said the records were found. (Here’s a news story that quotes Bellesiles’ now-missing piece, and the response from the archivist.)
I’ve gotten a lot of email from readers angrily suggesting that Emory is just trying to sweep the whole matter under the rug. The disappearance of this item might support that — but it certainly suggests that someone at Emory recognizes that there is a problem.