JD Healy and Cathee Shultz once built their own guillotine. The couple now runs the Museum of Death, in Los Angeles.
Barbara Anderson has spent more than two decades working as a forensic artist for police departments in California. When a body is found rotted beyond recognition it is Anderson who must put the pieces together and produce an image or mold of what that person’s face looked like in life.
Colin Dickey has written about the history of cemeteries, library bone collections and the afterlives of the saints.
Is it really possible to float above your own body? Does consciousness live on after we die? Are all our brains and the entire universe just a hologram?
Does being reminded about death lead to hatred, killing and war? Does it make you want to buy a Lexus? Did George Bush win reelection in 2004 because we’re scared of dying? And why do people the world over dream of flying?
How do you educate people about one of the most horrific disasters of our time? When is something too gruesome to show in a museum exhibit? And why are the most powerful images sometimes the least gruesome?
Slave getaways were plotted at funeral homes, civil rights leaders were shuttled to safety in hearses, and after writing his famous letter from the Birmingham jail it was a prominent local funeral director that bailed out Martin Luther King Jr.
Norman Miller fought in World War II then Korea and has been leading Freemason funeral services ever since.