Charles Cowling
I know a lot of you like a good gangster funeral. This one’s not premier cru, but it’s not bad. “My father was no saint,” Ryan McElroy, one of Mr. McElroy’s three children, said in a eulogy. “But people said he could light up a room. He’s been away 15,
Charles Cowling
A mourner salutes police and media as he arrives at the visitation for slain Montreal Mafia boss Nicolo Rizzuto Sr I know you all enjoy a good mobster funeral. Here’s one in Montreal, scheduled for today. A regular attendee of Mob and other funerals in a landmark Little Italy church
Charles Cowling
Many American funerary practices are so barking mad I don’t bother writing about them. This blog is Britcentric not because it is xenophobic or incurious but simply because it confines itself to goings-on of relevance to Brits. Sure, we’ve picked up one or two bad habits from the US. Embalming
Charles Cowling
There’s an interesting piece (if you find this sort of thing interesting) in the Australian magazine Eureka Street, a very interesting looking publication promoted by the Australian Jesuits, but remarkably non-doctrinaire and broadminded in its treatment of things. The piece, by Andrew Hamilton, a theologian from Melbourne, debates the sort
Charles Cowling
Another gangster funeral today. No apologies for this. Gangster funerals are such ticklish affairs: it’s so difficult to gild a gangster when he’s dead. Eamonn Dunne, special subject drugs, responsible for the murders of at least a dozen people including some of his own associates, was blown away while drinking
Charles Cowling
Another gangster funeral story. Why another? Because gangster funerals are the other side of the coin of state or royal funerals. They offer spectacle. Freshly interred in Australia is Carl ‘Fat Boy’ Williams. The convicted drug smuggler and murderer was just six years into a minimum 35-year sentence when he
Charles Cowling
We all acknowledge the link between sex and death – but what is it that links crime with death? A really good gangster funeral is a sight to see. These guys do not go incognito into that good night. Having shunned any sort of limelight all their lives, this is
Charles Cowling
Many thanks to James Showers for this link to some good pics of mobster funerals.
Charles Cowling
Here’s a wonderful funeral picture taken at the obsequies in Canada of Mafia boss Nick Rizzuto, gunned down last Monday. Click it to make it bigger. And here’s his gangster-chic gold coffin:
Charles Cowling
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below…” Thus wicked King Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He was speaking of his own spiritual quandary, but in many burial grounds the memorials possibly feel he speaks for them, too. I’m not thinking of those blameless, plain stones whose simple inscriptions testify to