Thursday, June 21, 2018

...and another mother-son relationship comes to a violent end

A man in Indonesia was recently crushed to death by his dead mother. Pallbearers had been carrying the mother's coffin to a traditional platform called a lakkian, but as the men mounted the ladder, the ladder collapsed, and the coffin tumbled, injuring several men and killing the woman's forty-year-old son when the coffin crushed his head.

When I first saw the headline to this article, my first thought was, How in the hell could THAT have happened? What Rube-Goldberg-meets-Stephen-King sequence of events could possibly have led to the kind of tragedy in which a dead mother inadvertently winds up killing her son? In the annals of parent-child relationships, this is going to go down in history as one of the strangest, saddest endings ever.

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