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 #40

Original Caption:

Mineola -- Actor Paul Newman, currently starring in the film 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' - the biography of boxer Rocky Graziano - is shown with bowed head in a police car as he was taken from Nassau County Police Headquarters to court today. Newman was arrested earlier on a drunken driving charge. A big corps of newsmen was on hand to record Newman's difficulties with the law. They were in Mineola awaiting developments in the kidnapping of little Peter Weinberger. (1956)


Fred said...

The kidnapping of one month old Peter Weinberger was a major case at the time, and led the FBI to shorten the waiting period on federal involvement from 7 days to 24 hours. Now, with Amber Alerts, missing children cases are handled immediately. Tragically, while the kidnapper was caught (and eventually tried, convicted and executed for kidnapping and murder), little Peter Weinberger had been abandoned by the kidnapper and left to die when he panicked during a potential ransom drop.

Tommy O'C said...

Newman was shocked to see a "sea of photographers" when he was booked. "How'd you all find out so fast?" he asked in disbelief. Of course, it was due to the tragic kidnapping case Fred detailed.

hayley said...

It's been a few years, but if you read this, can you tell me what else you know about the Weinberger kidnapping? The baby was my father's first cousin and I'm doing some research. Much thanks