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 #27

Original Caption:

Maniac Slays Family of Six.

Detroit -- The entire police force of Detroit was called out today to search for the fiend who slashed the head of Bennie Evangelista, 43, erstwhile carpenter, herb doctor and healer, then hacked Evangelista's wife and four children to death, leaving a crimson trail smeared over their small home after the murders has been discovered. (1929)


R.H. said...


aldiboronti said...

Evangelista was the head of a weird religious cult. These murders, and another a year later committed by another cult leader, Robert Harris, were styled the Voodoo Murders by the Detroit press.

WendyK said...

Disturbing stuff: