Hello, again, Celebrity Grave Enthusiasts:
What a long strange trip it's been! Since my last post here, the death of Michael Jackson has somehow brought me calls from CNN, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and even the New York Post, which put a photograph I took with my cell phone on their cover! All in the name of solving the mystery that is the whereabouts of the singer's body!
I offered up my best guess, (based on the copy of his death certificate that was provided to me by inside sources and was soon available to anyone who wanted to see it), that he was temporarily stashed in a vault at Forest Lawn's Hollywood Hills location. I happen to know that Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr has a nice new plot there of family crypts, so I put two and two together and figured that's where Michael most likely was at that moment. My "best guess" was then put out as stone cold fact by the NY Post, and my life has not been the same since. You can read all about it here on Lisa Burks' blog:
Then a week later, none other than Jon Stewart his own self plays my Good Morning America clip on the Daily Show and mocks me as "Celebrity Grave Expert" Steve Goldstein. I could not have been more proud and thrilled to be mentioned by the Most Trusted Man in America (since the death of Walter Cronkite left that post open). Even my parents saw it and they have only watched the Daily Show twice in their lives! You can see the clip here, again thanks to Lisa:
http://tinyurl.com/lt44rw (This also includes a clip of my buddy Scott Michaels from the NBC Nightly News earlier this weekend).
All of this can also be found on the What's New page at Beneath Los Angeles, where you will also find some actual new graves! One in particular I was very excited to add is the murdered mother of LA Crime novelist James Ellroy in Inglewood. She is almost right on top of Big Mama Thornton there. Her 1958 unsolved murder deeply shaped the mind and psyche of her then 10-year-old son, leading him to become the premier author of noirish thrillers about LA's dark underbelly.
Hope you are enjoying the book (available from the home page at the site). And one last thing: As this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Manson Murders, please check out the DVD "Six Degrees of Helter Skelter" from Scott and see this story told as you have never seen it before. Visit locations that go way beyond the murder locations. You can find it on our bookstore page, or just click here:
As always, Happy Hunting!!
(Published: Wed Mar 20 2019; Hits: 0)
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