David Frum

05.07.13

Where Do You Bury a Terrorist?

Mother Jones' Timothy Murphy, in an article wondering where the Boston terrorist will be buried, recounts how cities have historically dealth with society's least beloved:

No cemetery in the city of Chicago would allow the four men hanged for their role in the 1886 Haymarket Riot, in which seven police officers and four civilians were killed in a bombing, to be buried within the city limits. Instead, they were relegated to a plot in the suburb of Forest Park. Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist who assassinated President William McKinley, was dissolved in sulphuric acid, Breaking Bad-style, to prevent admirers from visiting his grave. Lee Harvey Oswald's corpse was flipped from Dallas cemeteries like a hot potato before finally finding a resting place in Fort Worth.