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 #105

Original Caption:


Santa Ana -- Ex-convict Harvey Glatman, a TV repairman, is shown in jail here after police said he confessed to raping and strangling three women and burying their bodies in the desert. The victims were Judy Ann Dull, 19, and Ruth Mercado, 24, the mother of two and a divorcee. Police said two of the bodies have been found in the desert. According to police, Glatman admitted playing a cat and mouse game of ravaging his victims at the point of a gun, forcing them to submit to being photographed in the nude and then cold-bloodedly strangling them while they believed they were soon to be released. (1958)


Loyolalaw98 said...

This swine was arrested in 1958 and by 18SEP1959 had been executed. Justice used to be quick in this country.

edolins said...

This country and it's so called "Greatest Generation" was under apartheid in 1959, hardly just, and Tom Brokaw's omission of race and for that matter the Hell's Angels has always stuck in my craw. Glatman?
Ecce Homo!

marietta said...

Edolins,sorry, but i dont understanding in this case "Ecce Homo".It is for me,like wenn you send from "The Hilliard Ensemble:" Officium" to jeffrey dahmen &Co to the hell.