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Remains of reviled figures typically buried, cremated, outside public view

Self-confessed Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo (left) was seen minutes after his capture in 1967. He was buried in Peabody in 1973. Former priest John Geoghan, accused of molesting children, was buried in a Brookline cemetery.
Self-confessed Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo (left) was seen minutes after his capture in 1967. He was buried in Peabody in 1973. Former priest John Geoghan, accused of molesting children, was buried in a Brookline cemetery.AP Photo/File (left),Patricia McDonnell (right)

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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 vowed to 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 the 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.

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