Visiting the Ghosts at Alcatraz

There is no more celebrated criminal justice institution in American culture than Alcatraz, the “escape proof” prison located in San Francisco Bay. From legendary inmates like Al Capone to legendary escape attempts, the lore of Alcatraz is alive and well today, nearly 60 years after it closed. Alcatraz became a federal prison in 1934, and Read more about Visiting the Ghosts at Alcatraz[…]

The Hotel Cecil (Stay on Main): LA’s Cursed Hotel

The infamous Hotel Cecil (later Cecil Hotel and The Stay on Main), located in downtown Los Angeles, has seen more than its’ share of murder, crime, suicides, and brushes with famous criminals and victims. Some say the hotel is cursed, others that it is just a victim of its location. Either way, it is a Read more about The Hotel Cecil (Stay on Main): LA’s Cursed Hotel[…]

Skeletons in the Closet: The LA Coroner’s Gift Shop

Who says there’s no humor in death? In Los Angeles, you can visit one of just two Coroner’s gift shops in the country. The store was founded in the 1990s, and is still running strong. Located within the Coroner/Medical Examiner’s complex, the shop features a variety of gift items that will amuse anyone with a Read more about Skeletons in the Closet: The LA Coroner’s Gift Shop[…]

The Museum of Death

There may be no better spot for true crime enthusiasts to visit than the Museum of Death in Los Angeles. Located in Hollywood, in a building that used to house a legendary recording studio, the museum is the passion project of collectors J. D. Healy and Catherine Shultz. They pack an impressive number of artifacts Read more about The Museum of Death[…]