Burying a Terrorist

The latest issue of Time Magazine (5/20/2013) contains a brief timeline regarding the difficult task of burying assassins and terrorists. The topic was brought up due to the recent burial of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Caroline County, VA. Ironically, it was at the Garrett’s home in Caroline County that John Wilkes Booth was brought to justice. Time gave this brief regarding the burial of John Wilkes Booth:

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UPDATE: Here’s another news agency noting the similarities between the two cases: http://www.foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/tsarnaev-body-controversy-similar-john-wilkes-booth-19510.shtml#.UZgq4r7D8dU

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  1. I really enjoy how you frequently link current events to the assassination! I have done a lot of thinking about this as I live near Doswell. The proponents of his burial there point out that other notorious killers like Oswald, Lanza, Cho, the Columbine shooters, et al were buried without drama. But I think that is because their families were largely seen as victims, too. In Tsarnaev’s case, his parents accused our government of staging the whole thing. His mother said it was fake blood in the pictures. Plus, his parents couldn’t come to tend to his remains because of outstanding criminal warrants. All in all, they did nothing to engender tender feelings. I believe it is their actions, rather than anti-Muslim sentiment, that caused the burial backlash. The Booths, on the other hand, were very sympathetic figures in 1865, and behaved with enormous dignity from what I have read.

    • Great thoughts. I have to agree with your idea regarding the families and how they react to the crime may affect the burial of the culprit. I still try my best to be sympathetic to the Tsarnaev parents though. Denial is a very strong emotion, especially when faced with the enormity of your sons’ crime.

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