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 #69


Original Caption:

Akron -- Runaway delinquent Ruth Beichler, 17, shows apparent remorse after her capture at Akron several hours after her escape with four other teenagers from the Summit County Detention Home. The girls are accused of murder in the death of Mrs. Eula Bonham, matron at the home whom they found bound and gagged with an ammonia soaked rag. Ruth, captured with a fellow escapee, said she was sorry but added, "We wouldn't have got caught if we'd moved fast." She wears crime-cult pachuco tattoos on her body. (1955)

5 comments :

Christopher said...

high school hellcats..the real thing..

estiv said...

Pachuco? In Akron in 1955? Could this be a case of reporters or police doing a poor job of grasping the jargon of a subculture?

Tempest said...

Pachuco tattoos, Akron (best seen from a rear view mirror), 1955...
Oh there is a story there.

swac said...

I wonder if she lived next door to Chrissie Hynde?

Jeri said...

I'm looking to get information on the photos and info you have for the Eula Bonham murder. I'm writing a book and need to get copies/information - Thanks
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