Friday, June 6, 2014

DEATH 34,291


                    FOR SOME READERS  

This is the most famous symbol for death.  It has been around for eons and
never seems to die!

*  Special thanks to "Google images", "The Telegraph", "CNN", 
"Wikipedia" and ""

by Felicity Blaze Noodleman
Los Angeles, CA
6. 6.14

1.  the act of dyingthe end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. Comparebrain death.
2.  an instance of this: a death in the family; letters published after his death.
3.  the state of being dead: to lie still in death.
4.  extinction; destruction: It will mean the death of our hopes.
5.  manner of dyinga hero's death. 

We all must keep one appointment in life.  Some say this appointment was made from the moment we were conceived.  No one is exempt.  It is a door we all must pass through.  It might come at any time and yet we have no plan for it.  Young, middle aged or elderly it waits for us all.  The famous and not so famous.  The grate and near grate.

After assembling most of this article, I am reluctant to post it because it is just too disturbing.  I had trouble sleeping the first night after working on it.  I confided with another woman about it asking, how could I post this; it’s just too startling.  Maybe it was because I had looked at so many photos of the dead which gave me this feeling.  I don’t know. 

She told me, Felicity you have got to post it.  She was very interested in what I was telling her about the dead celebrities I had uncovered on “Google”.  I have to confess that I have never seen some of these photos and I remember when some of these people passed away.  It is with some reluctance that I have continued with this peace!  At any rate, I’ve tried to select only photos which are not excessively gruesome.  I also have tried to select only older examples of those who have passed on and not used the latest headliners just to keep some distance between the present and the past.

We all have a morbid curiosity about death and the dead.  It is in our entertainment both in motion picture and in our literature.  Writer like Edger Allen Poe and Stephen King made death a central theme in their stories and actors such as Vincent Price and Peter Cushing have appeared in a number of horror pictures.  Vincent Price who is probably the King in this genera made 101 films of this type.  

I will pass along an unusual experience I had when working in the one-hour photo business in the early 1980’s. One day while I was sorting the pictures I had just printed, I was shocked to see the photographs this customer had taken of a dead relative in the casket.  I quickly learned this was not unusual for this store.  Many Latinos take these kinds of photos when there is a death in the family.  I was just hoping these people would not ask me to give their corpses more color or make them look more lifelike!

In past centuries up into the early 1900’s it was customary to hold a “Wake” as part of the funeral ceremony.  Awake  is a ceremony associated with death. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral home. In the United States andCanada it is synonymous with a viewing. It is often a social rite which highlights the idea that the loss is one of a social group and affects that group as a whole. The medical science of these times was not as accurate when it came to death.  

 Artist depiction of a “Wake”.  We see the coffin at the right with a candle while those in attendance
are morning and drinking.

Sometimes the physical state of “Comma” could render a person to appear death like but in fact still might be alive.  Fearing the burial of a live loved one could be averted by holding a Wake would allow more time for the deceased to come around was a preferable alternative to burying them alive.  Wakes were usually associated with the consumption of beer, whiskey, tobacco and sometimes with bread and cake.   Frequently those in attendance at a wake would drink to excess with such instances of mortality before their eyes.  This was looked upon as an act of devotion to the deceased. 

Life Insurance Salesmen are always ready to talk about death.  Have you made plans for your death?  Are you ready, they might ask.  Talk about the “Grim Reaper”!  When I think about my own death I would prefer it to be painless and preferably in my sleep.  I’ve heard the pain associated with death is the separation of the mortal soul and the physical body unless there is some other deciding factor such as a knife or bullet wound or a fatal fall.

 During the nineteenth century a grief stricken father holds his infant child who has passed. 

President John F. Kennedy Autopsy Photo.

Marilyn Monroe in coffin.

"Machine Gun" Jack McGurn

Born Vincenzo Antonio Gibaldi, McGurn got his start on the Chicago mob scene by ruthlessly murdering the three mobsters who killed his father. He became an integral part of Al Capone's Chicago Outfit; he was implicated in the planning of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, but was never tried. In 1930, McGurn's name appeared fourth on a list of top 28 public enemies, issued by the Chicago Crime Commission. This made McGurn a liability to the Outfit. On February 16, 1936, McGurn, who by then had become estranged from the mob, was killed by three men with machine guns at a bowling alley.

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel

A poor Jewish boy who later rose to power through his involvement with the Genovese Crime Family, Bugsy Siegel was a brutal killer and a smart businessman. He headed several bootlegging and racketeering operations, and became a key participant in the development of Las Vegas. On June 20, 1947, Siegel was killed while at the Beverly Hills home of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill. He was shot through the window with a .30-caliber military M1 carbine. His killer was never positively identified and no one was charged with the murder.

Albert Anastasia

A quintessential mobster, Albert Anastasia headed Murder, Inc. and later became boss of the Gambino Family. Anastasia had a knack for evading the law by making witnesses disappear, and sustained a long an illustrious Mafia career from the 1920s all the way until his death in 1957. On October 25, 1957, Anastasia reclined in a barbershop chair, his face covered in warm towels, while his bodyguard parked the car. Two men, their faces covered, entered the shop and opened fire on Anastasia, who in his confusion tried to shoot back but fired at his assailants' reflections in the mirror. There are several theories on who killed Anastasia, but no one was ever charged.

This is the most famous of execution photographs.  At a minute after 11 p.m. on January 12, 1928, Ruth Snyder was led into the death chamber.  Sentenced to death for the murder of her husband in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison, New York.  When she saw the electric chair, she broke down, and had to be assisted by prison matrons into the chair. 

Jesus, have mercy on me, for I have sinned, she sobbed. She prayed, and as the mask went over her face, she said, Jesus, have mercy. Elliott threw the switch, and two minutes later, she was pronounced dead.  At the very moment that the current ran through Ruth Snyder, a photographer, with a camera strapped to his leg, photographed her. It is a dramatic, horrifying photograph, and has become famous over the years. Its impact was so great that for all future executions at Sing Sing, witnesses were searched before being allowed into the Death Chamber.  (Photo N.Y. Daily News) and “Wikipedia”

Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) describes alleged cases of the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. While there have been about 200 cited cases worldwide over a period of around 300 years, most of the alleged cases are characterized by the lack of a thorough investigation, or rely heavily on hearsay and oral testimony. In many of the more recent cases, where photographic evidence is available, it is alleged that there was an external source of heat present (often cigarettes), and nothing occurred “spontaneously.”

Many hypotheses attempt explanations for the various cases of human spontaneous combustion.  These generally fall into three groups:  Paranormal explanations (e.g., a ghost or divine intervention)

Natural explanations based on an unknown and otherwise unobserved phenomenon (e.g., production of abnormally concentrated gas or raised levels of blood alcohol cause spontaneous ignition)

Natural explanations that involve an external source of ignition (e.g., the victim dropped a cigarette)


Abraham Lincoln

John Dillinger

 Napoleon Bonaparte

Mary, Queen of Scots.  Mary's death on the execution block, at the hand of Queen Elizabeth was characterised by her dignity, bearing and composure. It was common to strike a mask from the severed head as soon as possible after death. The original appearance of the mask would be white and unembellished. This example, which was found by the late Dr Charles Hepburn of Glasgow, in Peterborough where Mary was first buried, has been hand-painted.

As we conclude our fora' through the subject of death hopefully we will be better prepared for it's next arrival; or should I say departure.  Maybe after viewing these examples of the dead we will feel empowered to live our own lives to the fullest.  Perhaps we will be less likely to become ensnared in deaths clutches before it is our time.  As the actor Vincent Price might have said in one of his movies, "Sleep well my friends and don't forget to lock your doors tonight"!  This has been Felicity for the Noodleman Group.

Rest in peace our dear friend.
 Tell your friends and associates about us! 
It's easy!  Just copy and paste me into your email!

* “The Noodleman Group” is pleased to announce that we are now carrying a link to the “USA Today” news site.We installed the “widget/gadget” August 20, and it will be carried as a regular feature on our site.Now you can read“Noodleman” and then check in to “USA Today” for all the up to date News, Weather, Sports and more!Just scroll all the way down to the bottom of our site and hit the “USA Today” hyperlinks.Enjoy!

No comments:

Post a Comment