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Fifty Years Later, a Jazz Funeral for Dr. Mary

•, Renée Peck

It's a traditional jazz funeral, being held for a woman murdered 50 yeas ago, who, some say, had a mysterious connection to the man who assassinated John F. Kennedy.

Only in New Orleans.

"Mary Sherman was a beautiful, educated, and successful woman, beloved and respected by those who knew her," says Ed Haslam, whose book about the woman's murder, "Dr. Mary's Monkey," has been something of an underground classic for 20 years. "It is time we gave her a better send-off than the vicious rumors that swarmed around her death in 1964.  Here in New Orleans, the dignified way to show respect is with a jazz funeral.  This is only a 'faux funeral,' but the jazz and the respect are real."

Haslam, a former New Orleanian who now lives in Florida, will be on hand for the jazz funeral. On Monday evening, he will talk about his book and his years of research at "An Evening with Ed Haslam" at the Jefferson Parish library (details below).

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