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 #89

Original Caption:

Their Last Goodbye

Washington -- John McHenry, the young murderer condemned to hang for a double murder, kisses his mother goodbye. She visited the jail at Washington and then called at the White House, seeking the President's aid to save her boy (1922)


marietta said...

It is intolerable to see,wenn the mother,try to hold constant her son by his shirt.Absolutely depressing.

jim smith said...

He's real name was George Rice. Harding said no to a commutation. Rice (alias Mc Henry)killed two men including a cop. At the end they were appealing to Harding just for a stay so a new appeal could be put together. Don't know if Rice got the stay.

Kreisler said...

And President Harding's response was....

marietta said...

This picture is so absolutely shattering,it makes me sic.i never h
ave see so a sad foto it hurts me.