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.


John Hornor 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."