The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Annals of Crime #7


Original Caption:

Ventura, CA -- Elizabeth 'Ma' Duncan, 54, stands between attorney S. Ward Sullivan and her son, attorney Frank Duncan, as she hears Judge Charles F. Blackstock deny her motion for a new trial and sentence her to death in the gas chamber for hiring two men to kill her daughter-in-law, Olga Duncan (1959)

1 comment :

aldiboronti said...

This lady was the mother-in-law from hell, had an incestuous passion fro her son and couldn't bear that any other woman should have him. Google elizabeth ma duncan and check out the ventura county star article on her.

This would make one hell of a movie!