Tell me about gangster funerals
October 24, 2010 3:19 PM Subscribe
I'd like descriptions or, fiction about, gang and gangster funerals.
posted by Fiasco da Gama to Society & Culture (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in the different ways organised criminals around the world commemorate their dead, and I'd like to read journalist accounts, history, sociology, or any kind of book or film featuring organised criminal enterprises' funeral customs. Don Vito's funeral at the end of The Godfather I know about; I want more, and if possible, more factual.
How common is it, for instance, for the dead person's crimes to be celebrated, or glossed over in favour of their non-criminal life? How frequently do authority figures (politicians, clerics, celebrities) mourn the dead person in public? Are there memorials to criminals I should know about?
I'm especially interested in the customs of criminal organisations in developing countries, or in organisations which straddle the line between political violence and gangsterism (ie. FARC, the seedier Irish Republicans, drug cartels in Mexico) but customs from anywhere in the world or at any point in the past will satisfy my curiosity.