Virgin Mary Statue beheaded in Chesterfield *cue metal riff*

by | Aug 21, 2014 | POLITICS

Have you seen the Virgin Mary’s head? This is the question Chesterfield County’s Knights Of Columbus are asking after a vandal made off with the head of their Virgin Mary statue, located at the Bishop Ireton Center, in the wee hours of last Tuesday morning.

Have you seen the Virgin Mary’s head? This is the question Chesterfield County’s Knights Of Columbus are asking after a vandal made off with the head of their Virgin Mary statue, located at the Bishop Ireton Center, in the wee hours of last Tuesday morning. Whoever took the statue’s head must have been determined–as YouTube tutorials will demonstrate, cutting through concrete is no easy task.

Speaking to WTVR Channel 6, Knights Of Columbus member Gene Zimmerman said, “Whoever did it apparently had some hatred in his heart.” This is indeed plausible! As several members of prominent Norwegian black metal bands demonstrated in the early 90s, teenagers hopped up on melodramatic metal lyrics can certainly get caught up in the anti-religious spirit at times. However, regardless of what a historical travesty it is to burn down a 1,000 year old wooden church, one has to imagine it’s easier to do than cutting the head off a statue.

This leaves us once again with a pretty obvious question: where is the Virgin Mary’s head? No matter how it’s been sculpted, it’s a pretty big chunk of rock, which seems like it’d be hard to hide anywhere all that convenient. My personal theory is that it’s anchoring the bass drum in some Chesterfield metal band’s practice space right now, but let’s be real, dudes, a couple of cinderblocks will do that job just as well.

Watch WTVR’s report on the missing statue head below:

Marilyn Drew Necci

Marilyn Drew Necci

Former GayRVA editor-in-chief, RVA Magazine editor for print and web. Anxiety expert, proud trans woman, happily married.




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