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 #103

Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- Terrence P. "Terry" Melcher, 27-year-old son of actress Doris Day, attends the Los Angeles County Grand Jury probe into the Sharon Tate murder case. Miss Tate, an actress, and four other persons were murdered at the Tate home in August. Terry Melcher knew suspect Charles Manson. (1969)


MadHatter said...

I was reading up on him recently...the house where Tate was murdered was previously owned by him,where he lived with his then girlfriend Candice Bergen.

He was scared say the least...just look at his face.

He recently passed away from cancer,namely,Melanoma...and Manson's still breathing our air...(sigh)

estiv said...

Not to trivialize a horrific situation, but one other thing about this pic: his hair and clothing make him a perfect specimen of that specific subspecies, the Hollywood hippie circa late sixties.

Fred said...

There has long been speculation that Melcher was the intended target of Manson, since Manson had been at the house when Melcher lived there and blamed Melcher for his failed singing.