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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 each tombstone.

"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 Angeles)."

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 edition."

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."

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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: (also Canada and UK),, Border's Books, Barnes and Noble, Walden's Books, and Distributed by Baker and Taylor.


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