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Smack-down on Herald Square II

Properly, the Boston Herald followed up Friday's shocking page 1 photo of a heroin user killing himself in the Public Garden with more details on Saturday. Predictably, the story of the deceased -- 42-year-old John Gagliardi Jr. -- isn't pretty. A prison record and a history of violence, a brother who also died of an overdose, and a father convicted of pot trafficking.

The photographer who took the stunning photos, John Wilcox, wrote a short story Saturday acknowledging that some readers were angry at him, but also reporting that Gagliardi's father thanked him for being there to record his son's last moments. Wilcox's story and controversial photo.

The Herald photographer, who seemed genuinely relieved to hear that, did absolutely nothing wrong. He was just doing his job, and doing it very well. My quibble was with the Herald editors who put the photo of the death scene on page 1 on Friday without the context and the details the paper provided on Saturday.
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