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
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.