I don’t remember being into mysteries or murder or the macabre when I was younger.

Although now that I think of it, I did rather enjoy the novels written by Lois Duncan, who writes some pretty amazing books for teens and young adults.  Some of my favorites were Daughters of Eve, Killing Mr. Griffin, Stranger with My Face, and I Know What You Did Last Summer.  Even now, as an adult, I love those books.

So maybe that’s when my fascination with murder, crime, and death in general started.

Which brings me to the reason for this post.  One of my favorite websites is called Find a Death and I find it utterly compelling.  It is basically a compilation of the “death stories” of celebrities and not-so-celebrities, complete with photos, death certificates, gossip, and sometimes, mementos.


The creator is a guy named Scott Michaels who has what I think is a pretty interesting story of his own.  Scott also has a business called Dearly Departed Tours, which I’ve never been on but wouldn’t mind seeing.  Maybe a good sightseeing trip for the English relatives?

Some of my favorite profiles are:

Desi Arnaz (some good gossip here)
Jackie Coogan and the Addams Family Cast
Sam Cooke
Grace Kelly

A word of warning:  Some (maybe most) of the content on Findadeath.com is not work-appropriate.  Some content on it is not for the squeamish.  Finally, while I don’t personally find it disrespectful, there is the occasional hint of irreverence about death and celebrity on this site and if you think you might be easily offended, perhaps it isn’t the website for you.

Otherwise, have at it.

3 Replies to “Find a Death”

  1. Josh says: March 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I know this post is like 10 years too late but the Find a Death site is still very much running with an all new design. https://findadeath.com

    1. Holly West says: March 28, 2019 at 8:32 am

      I’d forgotten I’d written this post. Still, love Scott Michaels and Find-a-Death but it has been a long time since I visited the site. Thanks for pointing out the re-vamp!

  2. Antoinette says: February 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I remember having a book on Marilyn Monroe as a young teenager. My favorite part of the book were the post-mortum photos. I think it’s just human nature to have a facination with death. I’ll have to check out the site, thanks for sharing it!

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