Cadaver Synod Redux?

I know that artists who are cut down in their prime, somehow, someway continue to release new tracks if not albums (see Tupac, Kurt Cobain et al).

♫ Son, she said, have I got a little story for you ♫

This phenomenon whips their devoted fans into a frenzy, leading them to believe that the object of their devotion faked his/her own death so as to jettison the Atlas-like burden from their pampered shoulders. Presumably so as to lead the quiet life “fate” denied them, all the while perpetually perfecting their art in a bunker somewhere.

Admit it, Nirvana’s “You Know You’re Right” would have passed by with nary a whimper had Cobain been alive.

So we come to another famous but troubled soul, Ana Nicole Smith, a woman who has been dead for almost 2 years. Apparently, she is being investigated. For what you may ask? Let’s go to the tape:

AP: Anna Nicole Smith investigated in murder plot

Since dead music icons keep making music, let’s not rule out any impossibilities. Let’s say the investigators find that yes, Smith really did plot her son-in-law’s murder. What are the authorities going to do about it? Recreate a modern-day Cadaver Synod?

[That’s Pope Formosus on the right, they disinterred the poor chap and dressed him up in his Sunday best and brought him to trial.]

Probably not, I don’t think you’re going to find someone as unstable as Pope Stephen VII (the man who brought Formosus’ corpse to trial) to do the deed.

One thing is for sure though, if this happened, Smith’s greasy “companion” Howard K. Stern would try to find a way to make a buck from it.

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