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    Nice article about Scott in the Chicago Suntimes this morning.

    Link to article: http://www.suntimes.com/entertainmen...eath05.article#

    Dying gives him a living

    EXPIRATION EXPERT | Ex-Chicagoan knows all about the carnage of the stars

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    October 5, 2009

    BY MIKE THOMAS mthomas@suntimes.com
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    Scott Michaels (inset) leads tours of Los Angeles devoted entirely to the killing sprees of Charles Manson and his minions, including the home (above) where Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered.



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    He even leads death tours via bus in Los Angeles, dropping by infamous sites where famous folks -- River Phoenix, Sam Cooke, Karen Carpenter, Ed Wood, Jean Harlow, Janis Joplin and others -- bought the farm in sometimes ghastly fashion.
    And business is booming.
    "[Death] is everywhere: the 'E! True Hollywood Stories' and even the news," says Michaels, 47. "And with Twitter and Facebook, when Michael Jackson died, we all found out about it at the same time. Death has become really trendy."
    While living near Irving Park and Sheridan in the 1990s, Michaels "stumbled upon" Chicago's vast and fabled Graceland Cemetery, with its monuments and mausoleums and many notable residents (Marshall Field and Daniel Burnham among them). He also explored the lesser-known Wunders Cemetery across the street.
    "I was a bit of a loner, I didn't have a whole lot of friends going on at that point in time," he says. "It was just kind of a comfort being in there. It's kind of hard to explain."
    As part of his tour offerings, Michaels also leads an excursion focused entirely (and chronologically) on the Charles Manson murders. This summer marked the 40th anniversary of the bloody L.A. slayings carried out by Manson's young minions.
    Among the victims was budding movie star Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of movie director Roman Polanski. Her killer wrote "Pig" on the front door in Tate's blood. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, the last resident before Tate's former home was razed in 1994, took the door with him upon leaving.
    Rolling Stone has reported that the door was reinstalled at Reznor's Louisiana recording studio. (Welcome!)
    "I think the Manson [case] has all the ingredients," Michaels says, explaining the public's ongoing fascination with the brutal crimes. "It has movie stars, it has rock stars, it has gossip, it has the tabloids, it's hippies, it's the kids. Before, we all knew what the bad guys were like. And now it became kids. It was just shocking upon shocking upon shocking. And this was 40 years ago, so we hadn't been conditioned at that point with slasher movies and things like that. And now when you think about them writing words with people's blood on walls, it's not that shocking. Forty years ago, it was incredible."
    Having grown up in Detroit at an intersection where fatal and near-fatal car crashes occurred regularly, Michaels was conditioned early on to see death as a part of life. But even a hardened veteran like himself gets creeped out every once in a while. He grew nauseous and uneasy in the Wonderland Drive apartment where porn star John Holmes was present during horrific drug slayings in 1981.
    Scenes of past violence typically don't affect him like that. Witnessing violence is another story.
    "I still can't watch somebody get shot," he says. "I have a problem with that kind of stuff. I can see still photographs of the most gruesome things you can imagine, and it doesn't bother me. Seeing something horrible actually happening, I can't look at that. When they have those videos of sporting events when people's legs twist a certain way, I can't even look at those things. It makes me sick to my stomach.
    "But people misinterpret my interest in death. They say, 'Oh, you're gonna love this video,' and it's some soldier getting his head hacked off. It's like, 'I don't wanna see that!' However, if it was Marilyn Monroe getting her head hacked off, yeah, I'd wanna see it."
    Besides culling stories about scandal and death, Michaels also collects artifacts. He owns a slice of flooring from the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles where Bobby Kennedy was gunned down in 1968, and a 5-by-5-inch chunk of singer John Denver's ocean-shattered plane.
    A generous fan sent him swatches of material (Michaels thinks they're authentic) from the car in which Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield was scalped and killed in a 1967 wreck. And hung in his home is a painting of the seven dwarves by Chicago's most notorious psychopath, John Wayne Gacy. Between 1972 and 1978, the part-time clown (Gacy entertained at birthday parties) killed 33 young men and boys. Most of them were buried in a crawl space beneath his house on West Summerdale in Norwood Park Township, east of O'Hare Airport.
    "It's called 'Seven Little Friends,' and they all have little shovels in their hands," Michaels says. "I wrote Gacy and I got a letter back from him because I wanted one of his paintings. So I got a nice note back from him on his little clown stationery and it said, 'My sister does all this, here's a catalog.' [The painting] was only, like, 100 bucks. If I had the money back then, Gacy would have painted anything for 350 bucks. You could send him a picture of your dog and he'd paint it for $350. It's crossing a line a lot of people have. And admittedly, mine's a bit blurry."
    Michaels says some people are confounded -- and even offended -- by his morbid passion. Libby Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger, has called him "absolute scum," and the late Tammy Wynette's husband, George Richey, questioned his manhood.
    "There are some times when people go, 'How can you live with yourself?' and that sort of thing," Michaels says. "But I just think, 'Well, quite well, thank you.' I'm comfortable in my own skin."

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    I keep hearing about this Michaels guy. Who is he?
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    I saw this as soon as I got to work. I am so proud of Scott. I didn't know he lived here in Chicago for awhile!

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    nice...

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    Awesome!
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    Great story! But...
    Anyone else think the inset pic of Scott looks like a mug shot? :c)

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    Great article! I read the Sun-Times website everyday, as I'm originally from Chicago(Scott and I lived within blocks of each other, but didn't know him).

    It was a real kick to see Scott's pic on the front page of the Sun-Times website!

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    Cool stuff.

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    Very cool. I was gonna post this,
    but ya beat me to it.

    Way to go Scott !!!

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    I read the comments people left on the website about the article and they were all good. I wonder how much more traffic Scott's website got after the article went out.

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    Scott, when you lived in Chicago, did you visit Rosehill cemetary? Very nice, old place. And what about Wunder's on Clark near Lawrence? It's kind of falling apart, but very old and interesting.

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    I have been to Rosehill, if I remember, Goodrich and Armour are there, and a few others. Nice place, but my fave was Graceland.
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    It's a great article! I loved it!
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    http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/index.html

    Here's a website of Scott's fav Chicago cemetery

    It's truly amazing how old and tucked away in the middle of the city it is.

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    I'm always thrilled when Scott is mentioned in the media....great article! Kudos to you, Scott as well as to Chi for bringing this to our attention!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Michaels View Post
    I have been to Rosehill, if I remember, Goodrich and Armour are there, and a few others. Nice place, but my fave was Graceland.
    Scott, would you please post a pic of the painting by John Gacy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noreen View Post
    http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/index.html

    Here's a website of Scott's fav Chicago cemetery

    It's truly amazing how old and tucked away in the middle of the city it is.
    I was looking at the bio's for Graceland and noticed this guy under Public Figures and Private Eyes:

    Charles Wacker, 1856 – 1929, is the man for whom Wacker Drive is named, thanks to his position as chairman of the Chicago Plan Commission, which gained public acceptance of Daniel Burnham’s Chicago Plan of 1909.

    I'd be changing my last name!

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    There's a Lower Wacker Drive as well. : )

    Here is a link to my Gacy painting

    http://www.findadeath.com/About%20Us/gacy%201.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    I keep hearing about this Michaels guy. Who is he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Michaels View Post
    There's a Lower Wacker Drive as well. : )

    Here is a link to my Gacy painting

    http://www.findadeath.com/About%20Us/gacy%201.JPG
    Thanks for the link to the painting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Trim View Post
    I keep hearing about this Michaels guy. Who is he?
    Yeah I have been wondering about that as well LOL

    Cool Article

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    If I remember correctly, at one time, all of Rosehill cemetery was under water. Later, what is now Clark Street was an old Indian trail. Looooong time ago, of course.

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    That I'm not sure about. I know Lincoln Park was mostly a cemetery. They wanted to make it into a park so they moved some of the bodies. There are a few masoleums still standing. Appearently too expensive to move. Whenever they do any digging in the park they seem to dig up a body.

    Here is a pretty interesting website about the park and the cemetery.

    http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu/home.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiFan27 View Post
    That I'm not sure about. I know Lincoln Park was mostly a cemetery. They wanted to make it into a park so they moved some of the bodies. There are a few masoleums still standing. Appearently too expensive to move. Whenever they do any digging in the park they seem to dig up a body.

    Here is a pretty interesting website about the park and the cemetery.

    http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu/home.html
    Yeah, I think it's only one mausoleum - the COUCH family. They got permission to move all the bodies except by this family. It's an odd landmark, made for people like us.
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    Great article! You the man, Scott.

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