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 #58


Original Caption:

Find Teen Gang's Victim in River

New York -- Members of the ruthless Brooklyn teen-gang accused of sadistic murders and beatings for "thrills" identify the body of a Negro man found August 19th in the East River as one of their alleged victims. All four of the teenagers identified the body as that of Willard Menter, a father of two children, who police say they tortured and killed August 16th. Identifying the body for Police Lt. Vance Barkinson (kneeling) are: Robert Trachtenberg, 15, (Left, light coat, dark pants); Jack Koslow, 18; (plaid shirt, left); Melvin Mittman, 17 (Center, polo shirt); and Jerome Lieberman, 17, (Behind Lt. Barkinson). Koslow, described as the ring leader of the kill-for-thrill gang, almost fainted when he saw the body. (1954)

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