Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Died December 10, 1968

50 years ago today, Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk, writer, outspoken man of peace and sanity in the emerging age of nuclear weapons was accidentally* killed by a malfunctioning electric fan at his guest cottage in Thailand.

* Since there was no autopsy, there was no suitable explanation for the wound in the back of Merton’s head, “which had bled considerably.” (wikipedia)