A mother/daughter book fairy team left the perfect book at the Museum of Death here in LA. Cemetery Stories by Katherine Ramsland is a collection of info on haunted graveyards, embalming secrets and the life of a corpse after death ⚰️😱
About the book:
Never look at a grave the same way again
Admit it: You're fascinated by cemeteries. We all die, and for most of us, a cemetery is our final resting place. But how many people really know what goes on inside, around, and beyond them?
Enter the world of the dead as Katherine Ramsland talks to mortuary assistants, gravediggers, funeral home owners, and more, and find out about:
Stitching and cosmetic secrets used on mutilated bodies
Embalmers who do more than just embalm
The rising popularity of cremation art
Ghosts that infest graveyards everywhere
If you've ever scoffed at the high price of burying the dead, or ever wondered how your loved ones are handled when they die, or simply stared at tombstones with morbid fascination, then take a trip with Katherine Ramsland and learn about the booming industry -- and strange tales -- that surround cemeteries everywhere.
“Jumped headlong from a window of the Confederate Home...” This line made me gasp out loud. Today on the blog I share the story of my search for the grave of Christian Thieme, a family man driven to desperation by Galveston’s 1900 Storm. You can find a link to the blog in my bio. Have you ever read about someone who has long been gone, but their story made you yearn to talk to them?
This Tomb Tuesday is linked to last week's. The Italian Benevolent Society Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 cost $40,000, was designed by Pietro Gualdi, and built under the presidency of Joseph Barelli Sr. It's a baroque marble circular tomb with 24 vaults and has a receptacle in the basement that's closed by an iron door. The two niches feature women: One Italia and one Charity (which has children next to her). Atop the tomb is a woman holding a cross representing "Roma." The tomb got unwanted publicity during the 1969 Easy Rider movie when Peter Fonda's character (tripping on LSD) spends time cradled in the lap of the Italia statue. The film was made without permission of the archdiocese, which prompted their new rule - only documentaries or movies approved by them. It's the final home for countless individuals - but most famous are the first two - its architect Gualdi and its overseer Barelli, earning it the nickname the "Hex Tomb." #tombtuesday#italia#roma#charity#neworleans#cemetery#tomb#societytomb#nolahistory#nolacemetery#stlouiscemetery#easyrider#cemeteryphotography#neworleanscemetery#nola#italianbenevolentsocietytomb#cemeterystories