In Ghana, people are often buried in
‘fantasy coffins’. The Ga people believe
life in the next world continues in the
same way it did on earth, so carpenters
honor the dead with custom coffins that
represent their dreams, personalities,
occupations, vices, or obsessions. SourceSource 2Source 3
**Late like freaking always, but I supposed it’s better late than never lol also sorry if it seems rushed- I’m exhausted and a tad under the weather again**
Kinks: Daddy kink/hints of dd/lg, exhibitionism, dirty talk
Though there were tons of people around Wonho couldn’t help but to have every ounce of his attention fixed on you. Everyone else appeared to be so plain and dull in comparison.
The burgundy dress you were wearing hugged your curves perfectly and the black wedgies booties you had decided to wear made your legs look a mile long. You looked so delicate and delicious- all he found himself wanting to do was ravage you; he needed to hear your angelic moans, he needed to feel your tightness around him.
He smiled brightly the moment he noticed you looking over at him, expertly hiding all the sin that was going through his head. As he watched you talk to the girls his friends brought as their dates, he silently decided he couldn’t wait any longer. Standing from his seat, he made his way over to you.
Once he was finally beside you, he turned to the group of girls, flashing that cheesy, charming smile of his, “May I steal my girlfriend from you girls for a moment?” And just as they nodded their heads, he took your hand in his and led you to a less crowded area.
James Donald French was seemingly cool as a cucumber, self-assured, and a real showman, which may be the only positive attributes of his miserable life. He was convicted in 1958 by Oklahoma jurors for the murder of Frank Boone. Boone had given French a ride when he was hitchhiking in the Texas Panhandle. After driving into Oklahoma, French murdered the Good Samaritan and took his car. Arrested while he was driving the dead man’s car, French was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
By 1961, he murdered his cellmate, Eddie Shelton, and was again facing murder charges, this time from a prison cell. Either he or prison workers promoted the idea that he committed the murder because he lacked the courage to commit suicide, but did not want to remain in prison for the rest of his life. That idea was further promoted when he did his best to make a quick trip to Oklahoma’s hot seat, the electric chair. But others who worked at the prison didn’t buy the story, nor did they ascribe to a defense theory that he was insane.
Questions regarding French’s sanity were raised as early as when he was arrested at sixteen, but while in federal prison (on unrelated charges) before the first murder, he finished high school and completed two years of college. He was reported to have written a book, WE, about the compulsion to commit crime. No record of the book was found by this writer. Psychiatric testimony, raised during one of his trials, revealed that his IQ was 117. The average intelligence score on most tests is 100.
After the murder of his cellmate, he admitted to the offense, saying he executed Shelton, just like the State executes people. French said his victim was like a rotten tomato that would destroy the whole basket. He determined there was no alternative but to kill the man. He also said Shelton had called him ‘nuts.’ In keeping with the tradition of providing the condemned a last meal, French allowed Shelton to have breakfast before strangling him to death.
He told the Court he wanted no appeal of his conviction and was not afraid of the electric chair. But the system wasn’t inclined to grant his wish right away. His conviction was overturned and he was tried twice more before the Grim Reaper came to call. After the third conviction, he begged his family not to intercede and to let him die.
French remained calm and confident to the end. Talking to members of the press shortly before he was to be strapped in the chair, he said, “Hey, fellas. How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? French Fries!”
A few minutes later, when the Warden asked him if he had any last words, he said, “Everything’s already been said.” He shook hands with the Warden and a prison guard before taking a seat in the chair that would end his sorry life.
No record was found indicating any newspaper used his recommended headline the next day.
Der Galgenhumor = literally “gallow’s humor”. The kind of humor used in very serious, unpleasant or painful circumstances - any humor that treats serious matters, such as death, war, disease, and crime, in a light, silly or satirical fashion. Galgenhumor has been described as a witticism in response to a hopeless situation, arising from stressful, traumatic or life-threatening situations, often in circumstances in which death is perceived as impending and unavoidable.
A few examples:
- Murderer James French has been attributed with famous last words before his death by electric chair: “How’s this for a headline? ‘French Fries’.”
- Ronald Reagan, upon being transported to the emergency room after being shot by John Hinckley, Jr., is reported to have said to his doctors, “I hope you’re all Republicans.”
- When the survivors of HMS Sheffield, sunk in 1982 in the Falklands War, were awaiting rescue, they were reported to have sung the Monty Python song, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.