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 #16

Original Caption:

Wires Ready for Hauptmann Trial

Flemington, NJ -- The Press is ready for the Hauptmann murder trial. Here is a view of the press set up in the Flemington Court house where Bruno Hauptmann of the Bronx will be tried for the murder of baby Lindbergh. The grand jury indicted him for the crime on October 8th. (1934)


Brent McKee said...

The Hauptmann Trial may not have been one of the great miscarriages of justice but it is unlikely that the guy would have been executed today. Setting aside the evidence (which was at best very weak - the only "eyewitness" to identify Hauptmann as being in the area on th day of the kidnapping literally couldn't tell the difference between a bowl of flowers and a hat), the behavior of the police in New York - where Hauptmann was initially arrested - wouldn't pass muster today. His attorney was an alcoholic hack hired by a newspaper that was clambering for Hauptmann to be strung up and held that the trial was an unnecessary formality. An absolute if deadly farce.

Peter L. Winkler said...

The evidence was not weak. There's a web site put together by a law professor and his student's that examines all the evidence as well as the claims made by people over the years hat Hauptmann was framed. I don't have the url handy but you can probably find it readily using Google.