As the world turns
Talk about a race to the bottom. These two recent headlines provide a glimpse into human nature.
7 Plead Guilty in Corpse Plundering Scam: Seven funeral home directors linked to a scheme to plunder corpses and sell the body parts for transplants pleaded guilty to undisclosed charges and have agreed to cooperate with investigators. Among those was the director of a funeral home that took parts from the body of “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke, who died in 2004.
Life After Katrina: “A note found on the body of a suicide jumper led police to a French Quarter apartment where they found a woman’s charred head in a pot, her arms and legs in the oven and her torso in the refrigerator, police said Wednesday.” So begins another criminal investigation in New Orleans.
Back in my misspent youth, when I had occasion to converse with criminal bad guys and ideologically motivated bad guys on a fairly regular basis, I came to the conclusion that that however bad the criminals were, they were better than the League of Murderers for the Good of Humanity. Ok, the difference was marginal. But the former were recognizably human: weak, venal, greedy, brutal; the latter had something of the Satanic about them, some echo of the Battle in Heaven. Sometimes I think the only people who really understand the world are cops, priests and criminals. Well, maybe bloggers too.