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Archive for November 17th, 2010

Sometimes a cemetery presents tantalizing mysteries that are not easily solved. Erie Street is mostly disused and poorly kept, but there is a tombstone there that was placed within the last few years.

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This bright, new marker among the old is unusual enough, but then there are the circumstances it hints at. What took Mr. Herbst to Thailand? Is the epitaph simply a favorite saying, or an allusion to a life cut off?

And then there is the back of the stone.

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Who or what is Machine Gun Jefferson? What does it mean?

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