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by Jeff Stafford
January 8, 2003

Morbid Curiosity

Morbid Curiosity: Celebrity Tombstones Across America is a unique new book by Elaine McCarthy about celebrities, their tombstones and final stories. While there have been various books of the same genre, MORBID CURIOSITY, which is also profusely illustrated with photographs, approaches this topic in a whole new way. According to the author, "This book is not about obscure faceless people from years ago. All the celebrities in MORBID CURIOSITY are well known personalities from television, movies, music, comedy, etc. Also these tombstones are not just from the "big three" cemetery locations being: Chicago, California or New York, they are as the title states, from across America. Although the topic may appear to be "morbid" in nature, the real purpose of the book is to satisfy your curiosity. It is unfortunate and a reality that some mega-stars cannot handle fame and excessive fortune gracefully. It is the sensationalism of their lives and deaths that makes them icons forever. MORBID CURIOSITY, merely tells the story in intimate details about their abuses, exhumations, corpse thefts, hearse jackings, unusual funerals, alleged last words and reported hauntings."

Celebritity gravestones in McCarthy's book are divided into categories like "Glamour Girls" (Bette Davis, Ava Gardner, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe and others), "The Rat Pack" inclduing Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, and "Rebels Without A Cause" (James Dean, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood). Other celebrity gravesites covered in the book include Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Kilgallen, Margaret Mitchell, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol and The Marx Brothers (Chico, Groucho, Gummo and Harpo). For more information about the book (there is also a 2003 calendar version available!), visit the web site at MORBID CURIOSITY BOOK INFORMATION.

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