The Latest: Widow: Hunter Thompson regretted taking antlers

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Posted: Aug 18, 2016 6:21 PM
The Latest: Widow: Hunter Thompson regretted taking antlers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on the return of antlers that Hunter S. Thompson took from Ernest Hemingway's Idaho home (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

The wife of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson says her husband was young and caught up in the moment when he took a set of elk antlers from Ernest Hemingway's Idaho home more than 50 years ago.

Anita Thompson returned the antlers earlier this month. She told The Associated Press on Thursday that her husband was embarrassed he swiped them.

In 1964, the 27-year-old Thompson came to the mountain town of Ketchum to write about why his hero shot and killed himself at the home three years earlier at age 61.

In his story, Thompson noted the antlers over the front door but never mentioned taking them. They hung in his garage in Colorado for decades.

Representatives of the Ketchum Community Library, which helps catalog and preserve items in the Hemingway home, accepted the antlers.

They've since been sent to a Hemingway grandson.

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10 a.m.

Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson so admired a set of elk antlers at the Idaho home of literary icon Ernest Hemingway, he took them.

More than half a century later, the antlers have been returned.

Jenny Emery Davidson of the Ketchum Community Library says Thompson's widow, Anita Thompson, gave back the antlers earlier this month, saying her husband regretted stealing them.

The library helps catalog and preserve items in Hemingway's Ketchum home.

In 1964, Thompson came to Idaho to write about why his hero shot and killed himself at the residence three years earlier at age 61.

In the story, Thompson noted the antlers over the front door but never mentioned taking them. They hung in his garage in Colorado for decades.

They've since been sent to a Hemingway grandson.