Outside a Worcester funeral home, where the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev lies, protesters have lashed out in anger. One called for the accused Boston Marathon bomber to be fed to the sharks. Another vowed to never set foot inside the funeral home again and said she would leave Massachusetts if the body is not sent elsewhere.
“I don’t want to even live in this state if he is buried here,” Jennifer Merchand, 29, said Monday.
Yet a number of reviled, infamous figures, from Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo to defrocked priest John Geoghan, have been laid to rest with minimal outrage, typically in private ceremonies that drew little attention.
Geoghan, who was accused of molesting about 150 children and became a symbol of the clergy sexual abuse scandal, was buried in a Brookline cemetery, the burial site of former Boston mayors and several members of the Kennedy family. Geoghan, who was killed in prison in 2003, was buried with no protests after a private funeral in West Roxbury.
DeSalvo — the man known as the Boston Strangler, who admitted to 13 murders — was buried in Peabody in 1973, after he was stabbed to death in his cell as he slept.
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