Thursday, October 16, 2008

Family Barbecue

News from California today about a mother and son team who cremated their mother/grandmother this past December in a homemade barbecue pit.

Afterward, they continued to cash her retirement checks, eventually collecting approximately $25,000. Both were arrested and are in custody.

Additional reports say the daughter, 50-year-old Kathleen Allmond of Tehama County, California, constructed a necklace from parts of her mother's skull.

In related news, as part of the research I'm doing for a novel, I interviewed a funeral director earlier this week. During our conversation he confessed that ever since entering this line of work, he's been unable to eat ribs.

3 comments:

John Hornor Jacobs said...

My pathologist friend says that salivation during an autopsy is normal.

The Hawaiians had a name for scrumptious Homo Sapiens barbeque. They called it "Long Pig." I love that.

And, supposedly, we don't taste like chicken at all. More like pork.

I don't know how I got onto cannibalism this morning. Haven't had breakfast yet.

KentAllard said...

African cannibalistic tribes used to call missionaries "Long Pig" as well. Good use for them, I think.

C. Michael Cook said...

Long pig... I couldn't help but be reminded of that very thing while reading Stephen King's "Lisey's Story," because throughout the book he refers to the "Long Boy."