Death in Politics

Elephants Love Their Dead – Is That Why We Love Them?

Elephants are an issue that can cut across America’s political divide, but why? On the surface, the answer seems obvious.…

3 years ago

Why Do We Vote for Coroners? (And Why Call Them Coroners..?)

Just why do we elect coroners? And where did the practice originate? And why do we call them coroners? Digital…

3 years ago

The Media Is Obsessed with Florida’s Nursing Home Deaths—The Real Problem Is We’ve Abandoned the Elderly

The news was devastating, and it came in dribs and drabs. First there were three dead. Then five. Then seven.…

3 years ago

Death on the Campaign Trail – From Trump and Clinton to RFK and Horace Greeley

“No presidential candidate of a major party has ever died or withdrawn before a presidential election,” wrote historian John Buescher,…

4 years ago

Beware! Beware the Ides of March

Well, it's that day again: March 15. Also known as the Ides of March, we're supposed to beware. Why? What's…

5 years ago

Donald Trump Burned in Effigy in Mexico

The Carnaval parade in Chapala, Mexico is a grand colorful affair, and this year a new character livened up the…

5 years ago

Christmas and Death in North Korea

This year Christmas again arrives in the middle of a religious storm. Islam has been pitted against Christianity, with flash…

5 years ago

The Transgender Funeral Struggle – A Report From the Frontier of Sexual Identity and Death

A woman had died, and Reverend Ginny Wheeler faced a dilemma. Wheeler, of the Community United Methodist Church, in Huntington…

5 years ago

Lee Harvey Oswald casket must go back to family.

A judge in Tarrant County, Texas has ruled that the original Lee Harvey Oswald casket must be returned to the…

6 years ago

Commemorating the historic Winston Churchill funeral.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. He was laid to rest…

6 years ago

Five people have won election to Congress, despite being dead

It's hard to believe but, yes, it is possible to be elected to national office if you're dead. In fact,…

6 years ago

Who Needs to Visit a Torture Museum?

Prague, Budapest and Vienna have each undergone a great renewal the past 20 or so years. Now their beautiful blend…

6 years ago

Lincoln funeral train procession to be reenacted.

In 1999 Dave Kloke began work on construction of a full sized working replica of a 1980s steam locomotive. Considering…

6 years ago

On 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Funeral, the President’s Personal Archbishop, the Man Who Walked the Riderless Horse and Others Reminisce

Fifty years ago today, a million people lined the streets of Washington D.C. to watch a funeral procession like none…

7 years ago

Halloween Unmasked Part II – The Man Behind the World’s Most Famous Mask

The mask, a stylized white face with a gigantic smile, rosy red cheeks and a mischievous mustache, has been worn…

7 years ago