Sunday, April 5, 2009


In the first book I am reading on my new Kindle - Beyond the Body Farm - Bill Bass recounts the case of an explosion at an illicit fireworks factory. When one of the victims was blown through the air, a loop of intestine snagged on a tree and unfurled for many feet before stopping his trajectory. The story reminded me of the martyrdom of St. Erasmus (also called St. Elmo) c. 303 A.D. Persecuted under Roman emperors Diocletian and Maximian, Erasmus continued to preach Christian gospel. Suffering numerous tortures involving snakes, boiling oil, spikes, and pincers, among other horrors, his stomach was slit open and his intestines were wound around a windlass, which finally resulted in his death.

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