Hello, Death Hags.
Welcome to Findadeath.com.
So you want to know where this nonsense comes from?
I've been interested in death since I was a tyke. My
mother recalls taking me to a funeral of a young family member when I was 3 years old. On their way to the grave site,
I noticed the tent set up, and asked, "Mom, are we going to the circus?" I
suppose in a way, we were.
A habit I started when I was young, was to thumb directly to the end of any biography, to find out how and where they died. If there were photos - even better. I could (and still can) stare for hours at that photo of Marilyn's body being removed from her Brentwood home in a body bag. At the same time, I also discovered the joy of cemeteries. When I was a Boy Scout I would ditch organized hikes, to explore a new grave yard.
Eventually, I tired of circling the bowl of Detroit, and made
my way to Chicago, where I started my company, Dearly Departed, specializing
in dead celebrity memorabilia. Key chains, T-shirts, etc, adorned with tombstone photographs. It was also then that
I became fanatic about tracking down my favorite celebrity graves. It was natural that
I hooked up with Greg Smith, and his famous Grave Line Tours, in Hollywood. With a smile on
I quit my law firm job, loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly, on my own dime
- a month after the Northridge earthquake. Perfect timing.
That's what gave me the idea to start Findadeath.com: To assemble the stories of people's deaths, with photographs. I get a lot of flack for this, but obviously the right people get it because several thousand visit this site, every day. I also get a lot of heat for interjecting comments and opinions. My response to that? Get your own website and do it yourself. I did. Am I being disrespectful? Maybe. What this all boils down to: If you don't want the attention, don't get famous.
In my research, I have visited hundreds of final breath locations, and documented them in
detail. Along the way, I have managed to acquire a tastelessly wonderful collection of articles including an oil painting done by convicted serial killer
John Wayne Gacy, a piece of the
Hindenburg, bricks from fireplace which witnessed the famous Manson Murders, a piece of John Denver's
airplane, and many more.
With Tenacity Entertainment, we've produced two full length (and critically praised) documentaries, Dearly Departed Vol. 1 and The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter - a geographic retelling of the Tate/Labianca murders of 1969.
A huge accomplishment for me was the publication of my book Rocky Horror, From Concept to Cult, a collection of interviews from the cast and crew of The Rocky Horror Show, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Other publications I have made credited contributions to include Bizarre magazine, Guitar World magazine, In Los Angeles Magazine, Funeral Director Monthly, and the books Weird Hollywood (2010) Joe Oesterle, Rock Shrines (2010) by Thomas Green, K. Charles book Hollywood Endings, Fade to Black - A Book of Over 1500 Movie Obituaries, Revolution - the True Story of The White Album, True Stories of Law & Order, The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane, Here�s Johnny (Carson), Hollywood Haunted, Brady Mania, Here on Gilligan�s Isle, Cooking in Oz , The Munchkins of Oz, The Addams Family Chronicles, Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here, Elvis Passed Here, It�s a Wonderful Life � A Memory Book, the 25th Anniversary Edition of Helter Skelter (the true story of the Manson murders), Celebrity Death Certificates 1 and 2, One Fine Stooge - Larry Fine's Frizzy Life in Pictures, and the biography of Sojourner Truth.
Some fun facts:
Findadeath was named in the Supreme Court as the worst case scenario for what can happen to you when you die.
Being in Trivia games!
Dean Martin bought me a beer.
Having my own snazzy niche at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with my neighbor being Larry Tate from Bewitched. (Thanks Gary and Nancy for christening it for me!)
Now I've happily returned to Hollywood, and it is with great joy that I announce my own new venture into the Sightseeing Industry. Now gracing the roads of Hollywood:
Findadeath.com has been around since Spring of 1999, and it is consistently looked upon as a good resource for death information. Findadeath cannot exist without the help of others, and if there are any notorious locations that you have photographed, or if you are planning a vacation somewhere and fancy a bit of "alternative tourism," drop me a line. I have hundreds of locations that I'd like photographs of, and, to quote Sandra Bernhard, "Without you, I'm nothing."
My good buddy Kevin Hassell helps me (us) out a lot with stories and additions. Kevin normally works in management in New Jersey, and we're really darn lucky to have him. Thanks Kevin.
Thank YOU, Scotty! Like he said, I am his "behind the scenes man." Please feel free to send me any info at the link above. Thanks for coming to the site, everyone!-K.
Stay cool. Stay sane.
Feel free to drop me an email, but keep in mind I do get loads, so I may not get back to you. If you are sending me a hate letter explaining just how much you don't like me or what I do, please do us both a favor, use spell check. You won't look nearly as stupid when I publish it.
All of the material on this website is copyrighted by Scott Michaels unless otherwise stated. Those images not owned by Scott Michaels are copyrighted by their respective authors. If you are interested in using material from these pages, please contact me prior to doing so. I usually will let people use my images with my blessings, and if you should steal them, well, that's just rude and tacky. These pages represent a lot of my hard work, and asking is the right thing to do.