New York State Funeral Directors Association

Statue of Liberty is Crying

It’s surprising to hear that so many American Veterans have passed away without the honor of a military funeral.

The issue dates back decades. Funeral homes willingly performed creation services for late veterans and the ashes were left there – abandoned.

The Bookworm Sez Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews “Morgue: A Life in Death” by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell © 2016 St. Martin's Press

“What happened?”

We blurt it out without thinking; it’s a common question when someone has died unexpectedly. What happened, where did it happen, why, how…? Knowing the answer can help make sense of the senselessness of death.

And in the new book “Morgue: A Life in Death” by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell, knowing what happened could lead to a conviction.

Screen shot from video of 1991 Fillm Hit "Silence of the Lambs" shows Serial Killer Character Buffalo Bill Sewing Human Skin

OPINION: Books Bound in Human Flesh Should be Cremated and Buried ran the article in the “Weird News” section. It belongs in another spot: Human Morality. Ah, never mind, that's not among the categories.

The story reports people did some scientific testing on a book initially believed - but not confirmed - to have been bound in human skin.

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