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 #63

Original Caption:

Chicago -- Richard Carpenter, who was arrested for the murder of two police officers, looks out from his cell. During his arrest attempt, Carpenter fled and took a family of four hostage for 24 hours. The wound on his head was sustained during his struggle with police. (1955)


Marshall P. Smith said...

Carpender did shoot two Police Officers but only one, Detective William Murphy, died. The other, Patrolman Clarence Kerr, survived with the bullet just missing his heart.

Carpenter was wanted for the robbery nearly 70 bars at closing time.

It took a jury 15 minutes to find him guilty and he was executed Dec. 19, 1958

ilduce said...

The story reads like the plot of "He ran all the way", although the film was made in 1951, four years earlier.

Karl Hoffman said...

He did kill two police officers while being transported. He shot the third Clarence Kerr in the chest at the Biltmore Theatre. Officer Kerr was sitting in front of him with his wife when he realized who Carpenter was. He took his wife out into the lobby then went back in to arrest Carpenter. Carpenter acted intoxicated and struggled to get up. While doing this he pulled a gun and shot Kerr once in the chest. Kerr managed to shoot Carpenter in the Knee which led to Carpenters inability to flee which is why he took a family hostage while hiding from the police. Richard Carpenter was executed for his actions and Clarence Kerr was recognized as Police officer of the year by Mayor Daley at Soldier Field in 1955.