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CELEBRITY TOMBSTONES ACROSS AMERICA IN NEW BOOK
OCEANO, Calif. - Feb. 11, 2003 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Fans of many dearly departed
celebrities, such as James Dean, Jayne Mansfield, or John Wayne, who may have
wandered through numerous cemeteries around the country in search of their
graves, now have a detailed guide to the tombstones of the once rich and famous.
Morbid Curiosity: Celebrity Tombstones Across America, Volume 1 (MONAGCO
Publishers, ISBN 09709372-1-0) contains the stories of 167 celebrities, their
lives, their deaths, photos of their graves, and detailed directions for finding
"While everyone thinks most celebrities are buried in Los Angeles," says Elaine
McCarthy, author of Morbid Curiosity, "that's not true. James Dean is buried in
Fairmount, Indiana. John Belushi is on Martha's Vineyard. Jayne Mansfield is
in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania (although a cenotaph -- an empty grave that serves as
a memorial, was put up by her fans in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los
In addition, there are many "addicting" stories that depict the unconventional
lifestyles that celebrities often lead. Truman Capote is eternally bi-coastal.
Jayne Mansfield, Al Capone, John Belushi, John Barrymore all have more than one
gravesite. Sammy Davis Jr. was exhumed and relieved of $70,000 worth of jewels.
Another Rat Packer, Peter Lawford was removed from his crypt due to lack of
payment. "Bewitched" co-star, George Tobias who played neighbor, Abner Kravitz,
was car jacked on his way to the mortuary.
Morbid Curiosity has stories about the mysterious deaths of Dorothy Kilgallen,
Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and many more. Many urban
legends are put to rest. Was Jayne Mansfield decapitated? Did Superman, George
Reeves kill himself or was he murdered?
McCarthy, a former school teacher, traveled over 30,000 miles with her three
daughters in a motor home over a period of seven months to research and
photograph hundreds of celebrity gravestones, so many that she plans a second
volume of Morbid Curiosity. "And a third volume," she adds, "a European
The source of McCarthy's morbid curiosity? "A friend in New York asked me to
get a photograph of Marilyn Monroe's grave. That was it. I was hooked."
Book Information: $31.95, Softcover, 336 pp., offset printing, perfect bound.
Oversize (Dimensions: 11 x 8.5), B & W photography (150 plus photos) and price
changeable 90,000 extension barcode with ISBN number. Available through:
Amazon.com (also Canada and UK), BarnesandNoble.com, Border's Books, Barnes and
Noble, Walden's Books, and www.celebritytombstones.com. Distributed by Baker
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