This man buries dead terrorists when no one else will

Courtesy of Vice News | By Joshua Hersh | Originally Published 06.20.2017 | Posted 10.29.2017

What are you supposed to do with someone who’s taken lives in an act of mass murder and ends up dead himself? In the aftermath of such a tragedy, funeral rites for the killer aren’t exactly most people’s first concern. But when there’s a body, it has to go somewhere — and someone has to make that happen.

In 2013, after the Boston Marathon bombing, Peter Stefan was that someone. The director of the Graham, Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor, in Watertown, Massachusetts, took on the unpleasant burden of handling the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers behind the bombing at the marathon’s finish line, which killed 3 and left hundreds injured. It was a job no one wanted at the time — and for which Stefan paid a heavy price. But, as he told VICE News, he’d do it again if he had to.

“In this country, we bury people,” Stefan said at the time. He told VICE News, “We’re not dealing with the situation; we’re dealing with a dead body. Not what the dead body did.”


  1. Hey Indie:
    I agree with you about this guy.

    I’ve always wondered who prepares people for burial who’ve committed horrendous crimes.

    The first time this came to mind was regarding Harvey Lee Oswald. I mean no one wanted any parts of him… I think only 3 or 4 people attended the burial… the gravedigger, the wife and some reporters.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.