Bart’s linktrawl brought me to Jacob Appelbaumâ€™s weblog, who took some pictures of the grave of a marked-for-recovery body today. Something about his pix looked familiar, and he does not appear to be aware that the rough dirt grave and plywood marker in the image looks as though it must be the desecrated remains of Vera Smith’s temporary tomb, possibly the most moving and remarkable single image that the New Orleans disaster left the nation.
There lay Vera. God help us. Let’s hope she gets home to Texas, as her family have requested.
I mean, really, that is fucking ridiculous! The body WAS MARKED. I suppose I could be wrong, if Jacob’s photos were taken a week or more ago – but it certainly appears as if a body recovery team destroyed the tomb and replaced it with the spray-painted sign. Geez, guys, couldn’t you have just checked and then leaned the sign up against the bricks or something?