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 #77


Original Caption:

Des Plains -- John Wayne Gacy, 36, a convicted sex offender who liked to wear a clown suit at children's parties, covers his face as he is led to court by a policeman. Gacy was charged with slaying a young boy while police investigated reports he had killed more and buried their bodies under his home in a series of sex murders. Gacy was denied bond. (1978)

8 comments :

Maureen said...

What a relief it must have been to arrest him.

Maureen said...

Great image, by the way. Before I read it, I thought it was from a movie.

Mac said...

Arresting officer: Belker from "Hill Street Blues."

Fred said...

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has the dubious distinction of being the only First Lady ever photographed with two mass murderers: John Wayne Gacy and Rev. Jim Jones.

swac said...

When the Kinks were first touring America, they had a show in Illinois in 1965, and the Jaycees vice-president who was involved in putting on the show (and invited the lads back to his place for drinks) turned out to be John Wayne Gacy. Pete Quaife has said that Gacy offered to let them spend the night at his place, but they got a little creeped out and split. They always did have good instincts.

Hans Gruber said...

Arresting officer: Popeye Doyle

boomboxlamf77 said...

his former house is right by mine, northwest side of chicago. Lots of crazy stories about this guy in the neighborhood, he actually murdered one of my uncle's friends. My mom and grandfather were there the night the found all the bodies outside of his home. A few years back (i think it was 2000) they tore up his mom's old apartment buildings yard and basement, looking for more bodies/clues. He was an awful man.

sabo76 said...

Truly an evil man. What a relief when he was arrested and put down.