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The Bookworm Sez Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews “Morgue: A Life in Death” by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell © 2016 St. Martin's Press

“What happened?”

We blurt it out without thinking; it’s a common question when someone has died unexpectedly. What happened, where did it happen, why, how…? Knowing the answer can help make sense of the senselessness of death.

And in the new book “Morgue: A Life in Death” by Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell, knowing what happened could lead to a conviction.

Screen shot from video of 1991 Fillm Hit "Silence of the Lambs" shows Serial Killer Character Buffalo Bill Sewing Human Skin

OPINION: Books Bound in Human Flesh Should be Cremated and Buried ran the article in the “Weird News” section. It belongs in another spot: Human Morality. Ah, never mind, that's not among the categories.

The story reports people did some scientific testing on a book initially believed - but not confirmed - to have been bound in human skin.

Cards for Brianna by Heather McManamy with William Croyle ©2016 Sourcebooks

The mail’s here.

Mostly, you know, it’s bills, fliers for a new dentist in town, sometimes a magazine, and a reminder from your veterinarian. You got two requests for donations and a letter from an organization you belonged to, years ago… but look again.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


SympathyNotes is written to stimulate discussion of death and grief. Opinions do not reflect the views of NYSFDA.

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