Dearly Departed Podcast

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Hollywood's dark side from historian Scott Michaels & filmmaker Mike Dorsey

Episode Date
Episode 11 - Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

We creepy crawl into Quentin Tarantino's epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and host Scott Michaels' credited contributions to the film as a historical consultant. Hear fun behind-the-scenes stories about the film from both hosts, and explore the connections to their 2009 documentary The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter. Also discussed: Peter Fonda, Easy Rider, and more!

***SPOILER ALERT!*** We talk openly about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, so if you haven't seen the film yet, DO NOT listen to this episode until you have!

Dearly Departed podcast host Scott Michaels with Quentin Tarantino at the former home of Manson victim Jay Sebring

Scott in front of the Nicole Brown Simpson murder crime scene, which spawned hate mail

The Hollywood Ripper is convicted of murder and attempted murder

ARTICLE: Body of man missing for 10 years found behind grocery store coolers

Aug 18, 2019
Episode 10 - The Poseidon Adventure

We "dive" into the iconic disaster film The Poseidon Adventure and the true fate of its cast. We also discuss the new Tarantino film, ALF's Max Wright, and other odd news of the day!

VIDEO: Host Mike Dorsey’s video of the 4th of July earthquake in Southern California

LISTING: The LaBianca house is for sale

ARTICLE: Former Mouseketeer Dennis Day’s handyman arrested in his death

ARTICLE: Holocaust survivor run over by lady in Valley Village, CA

ARTICLE: Man pulled over with rattlesnake, uranium and open bottle of whiskey

ARTICLE: Woman killed by steel straw

VIDEO: Teaser for the Judy Garland biopic Judy

ARTICLE: Max Wright tabloid scandal

VIDEO: Trailer for The Poseidon Adventure

ARTICLE: Story about Shelley Winters auditioning

VIDEO: Watch Mike's short documentary Happy for FREE on Vimeo

VIDEO: Scott's "Goddess Bunny" video

Roddy McDowall's Powder Room Display

(Photos: Scott Michaels)

Memorial for Shelley Winters at Silver Spoon
(Photos: Scott Michaels)

Jul 16, 2019
Episode 9 - The Beverly Hillbillies

Come and listen to our story 'bout a man named Jed... We talk The Beverly Hillbillies and the cast's fate! We also discuss OJ Simpson, the Oklahoma City bombing, LA's famous Formosa Cafe, Gloria Vanderbilt, and more!

ARTICLE: The massive fire at Universal and the scandal brewing from it

TWITTER: OJ Simpson's Twitter account

WATCH: Two audio recordings of the OKC bombing explosion

Host Scott Michaels' photos of the OKC bombing site

ARTICLE: Is LAX’s Theme Building coming back to life as part of an on-airport hotel?

Scott's photo of the Beverly Hillbillies house, also known as Chartwell

Nancy Kulp's "interesting" photo spread

Scott with Louis Nye, who was Sonny Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies and Zombo on The Munsters

Scott with Buddy Ebsen aka Jeb

Scott with Max Baer Jr. aka Jethro

Jun 19, 2019
Episode 8 - Phil Spector and Robert Blake

We talk about music producer Phil Spector, actor Robert Blake, and the murders of Lana Clarkson and Bonny Lee Bakley! We also discuss Doris Day and her son Terry Melcher, Tarantino's new film, and more.

WATCH: Host Mike Dorsey's Tupac and Biggie documentary Murder Rap on Amazon Prime (it's also on iTunes and other sites)

Host Scott Michaels with the late Anthony Bourdain
Host Scott Michaels with the late Anthony Bourdain

WATCH: The Albert Dekker scene from Scott and Mike's first documentary, Dearly Departed Vol. 1

WATCH: The official trailer for Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

WATCH: The famous Tim Conway Dentist and Elephant Story sketches

ARTICLE: Tarantino, Pitt and DiCaprio in Esquire

WATCH: Mike Dorsey's short documentary Happy (FREE!) about WWII flying ace and Hollywood assistant director Larry "Happy" Powell

LISTEN: Bonny Lee Bakley's Just A Fan "70s Stalker Pop"

Bonny Lee Bakley crime scene (via Getty and TMZ)

WATCH: Lana Clarkson as Little Richard

Phil Spector's Pyrenees Castle, scene of Lana Clarkson's murder (credit: Jeremy Spann, courtesy of Ladd Jackson/Hilton & Hyland, via Curbed)

Lana Clarkson murder scene (via Getty Images)

WATCH: The trailer for TNT's James Dean film starring James Franco

READ: Virginia Graham's "Manson, Sinatra and Me"

May 23, 2019
Episode 7 - Ramones

We're all revved up and ready to go as we talk about the Ramones! Scott and Mike also have updates on Luke Perry and former Disney Mouseketeer Dennis Day, and talk about 80s action sports movies, Wes Anderson, Nipsey Hussle, CBGB, and more!

The poster for David Winters' Thrashin' (1986) starring Josh Brolin. It's "totally insane"!

Listen: Scott's favorite Ramones song, I Just Want To Have Something To Do

Dearly Departed Podcast host Scott Michaels with C.J. Ramone (left) and Tommy Ramone (right)

Scott's Ramones ticket from the roller rink show in Detroit

Scott's Ramones graffiti

The paparazzi photo of Jack Osbourne with Mike partially in the shot :)

Apr 27, 2019
Episode 6 - Gilligan's Island

We take a fateful trip to Gilligan's Island and talk about the real life fates of the show's creator and 7 main "castaways." We also talk Scott Walker, Bea Arthur, and more!

Dearly Departed Podcast host Scott Michaels' photo of Sherwood Schwartz's grave marker

Scott Walker (Dezo Hoffman/REX/Shutterstock)

Watch: Tribute to Richard Erdman's "Leonard" character on Community

Article: Deputy Digby Rowe tackles Charles Manson in court

Buy: The Gilligan's Island DVD set (it's also on Amazon Prime)

Watch: The original Gilligan's Island intro from the pilot before the show was changed

Article: Read about Newton Minow's famous "Television and the Public Interest" speech

Watch: The Howells' last TV appearance together for Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn

Watch: Russell Johnson (The Professor) talks about his Gilligan's Island castmates

Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel restaurant, circa 1985 (Flickr)

Scott Michaels with members of the Gilligan's Island cast, including Alan Hale Jr., Bob Denver, and Dawn Wells

Scott Michaels with Sherwood Schwartz

Mar 28, 2019
Episode 5 - Rebel Without a Cause

We talk the deaths of Rebel Without a Cause's James Dean, Sal Mineo, and Natalie Wood. And we also discuss Luke Perry, Jan-Michael Vincent, Brody Stevens, Karl Lagerfeld, The Black Dahlia, and more!

Scott Michaels' Monkees Drum Head
Scott's The Monkees drum head denying the Manson rumor

Video: Comedian Brody Stevens on "The Meltdown"

Video: Brody Stevens "The Half Hour" on Comedy Central

Link: Read about the Magic Castle Suicide - "He hung himself, and the great irony is that he was really good at rope magic."

Link: "Family searching for original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Dennis Day"

Video: Rebel Without a Cause official trailer

Last photo of James Dean before leaving the LA area in his Porsche 550 Spyder on the day he died (Corbis)

Scott Michaels with producer Lloyd Adams and Dearly Departed Podcast co-host Mike Dorsey following James Dean's last drive

Link: Information on the Remembering James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Indiana.

Video: One of the last interviews with Sal Mineo, on the set of P.S. Your Cat is Dead.

Sal Mineo's apartment in West Hollywood

Sal Mineo murder scene

Link: "Cracking the Case of Murdered Actor Sal Mineo" - James Ellroy

Video: Sal Mineo's "Start Movin'"

Video: Lana Wood confronts Robert Wagner about her sister's death

Buy: Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell

Mar 17, 2019
Episode 4 - Walt Disney and Disneyland

We talk about the death of Walt Disney, and also about the Disney theme parks, with a special guest who played characters at Walt Disney World! We also discuss Yvette Vickers, the Black Dahlia, and more!

Video: See Scott explore the home of Yvette Vickers before it was torn down!

Link: Check out the channel for Ask A Mortician.

Video: Watch actor Dick Miller tell Corey Feldman to shut the %#@! up.

Video: The cousin of Manson murder victim Gary Hinman speaks out against his killer, Bobby Beausoleil, getting released from prison.

Silver Spoon
The former Silver Spoon Restaurant, now gone

Guns N' Roses at Canter's Deli
Guns N' Roses at Canter's Deli (photo credit Reckless Road via Rolling Stone's website)

Buy: Get Marc Canter's book Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction!

Cobain LA Apartment
Building where Kurt Cobain rented an apartment on Spaulding Ave. in Los Angeles,
a few blocks east of Canter's Deli

Link: Check out Scott's Black Dahlia Mystery Tour!

Buy: Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel

...AND Exquisite Corpse: Surrealism and the Black Dahlia Murder

...AND Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell!

Watch: The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story about Walt Disney's music writing duo.

Article: Read about the guy who played Jack Sparrow at Disneyland (the original article has disappeared).

Watch: Escape from Tomorrow, the indie film shot guerrilla-style at Disneyland without permission.

Watch: Scott takes someone else's tour and calls it out (starts about 3 1/2 minutes in).

Watch: The dragon burns at Walt Disney World!

Feb 08, 2019
Episode 3 - The Addams Family

Scott and Mike discuss The Addams Family and the deaths of cast members Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy, and Ken Weatherwax. We also talk a little about Carol Channing, the Manson Family, the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and more!

Video: Watch a short video of Dearly Departed Tours and Museum's Sharon Tate Birthday Party, with their newly acquired personal effects (Link)

Link: Check out LA Woman Tours!

Article: Read about Manson follower Bobby Beausoleil getting recommended for parole (Link)

Video: There used to be a recording online of Beausoleil and fellow former Manson follower Clem Grogan playing in a band together in prison (probably Beausoleil's "Freedom Orchestra" band) where we're pretty sure Beausoleil called Grogan out by name, but the link appears to have been taken down. However, this live video of the band from 1978 appears to show the two of them performing together (Link)

Link: Support Justice for Homicide Victims

Buy: In Morticia's Shadow: The Life & Career of Carolyn Jones

...and Addams Chronicles: An Altogether Ooky Look at the Addams Family by Stephen Cox

Some of the cremains of Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley)
on display at Dearly Departed Tours and Museum in Hollywood

Link: Check out the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Article: Judy Garland's remains moved to LA (Link)

Article: Read about the man buried in the crypt over Marilyn Monroe (Link)

Video: Amazing newsreel footage about the lynching of the accused murderers of Jackie Coogan's college friend, Brooke Hart (Link)

Jackie Coogan's roadster after the crash that killed both his father
and his best friend, fellow actor Junior Durkin

Article: An interesting blog post about the crash and Coogan's friendship with Durkin (Link)

Dearly Departed Podcast co-host Mike Dorsey with Batman series actor Burt Ward (Robin) in 2012

Jan 23, 2019
Episode 2 - The Wasp Woman

In this episode we discuss the bizarre murder of B-movie actress Susan Cabot, AKA Roger Corman's The Wasp Woman

Covered in this Episode:


Article: People Magazine's 1987 write-up on the missed interview between Molly Ringwald and Lillian Gish (Link)

Article: Ringwald's defense of the missed interview (Link)

"Early in my career I was asked to do an interview with Lillian Gish and I was really excited. But then everything got screwed up, I smashed my finger in a door, the taxi took me to the wrong end of town, it was the middle of winter, I couldn't get another taxi, and I was heart-broken because they said she didn't want to do it anymore. So I got flowers and wrote her a note and said how sorry I was, and they just wrote this sort of... like... horrible piece on how I stood up this sweet old woman who had a plate of cookies waiting for me. I mean they couldn't have written it to be worse. They got a much better article out of me that way than if I'd showed up, and it started this feeling that I was a bratty actress who didn't care and left people waiting. I've never been the kind of person who would do that."


:: The Wasp Woman ::


The Wasp Woman - Poster
The Wasp Woman (1959)

Article: JFK files: CIA lined up actress for date with Jordan's King Hussein during visit to United States (Link)

Jordan's King Hussein
Jordan's King Hussein (1957)

Timothy Scott Roman
Timothy Scott Roman, Susan Cabot's son

Article: Scott's write-up on the death of Susan Cabot at!

Susan Cabot's house
Susan Cabot's house and the scene of her murder

Bold laundry detergent
Bold laundry detergent - murder weapon hiding spot

Susan Cabot's grave marker
Susan Cabot's grave marker, made possible by Scott Michaels and friends


Article: Death Tour Owner Makes Sure Forgotten Actors Get a Headstone (Link)

Johnny Arthur's grave
Actor Johnny Arthur's grave marker, made possible by Scott Michaels and friends

Article: Scott's write-up on the death of actor Herve Villechaize at!

Herve Bullet Hole
Bullet hole from gun that killed actor Herve Villechaize

 My Dinner with Herve trailer (Link)

Link: Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas

Jan 02, 2019
Episode 1 - Dean Martin, Tiny Tim, and the Death of Santa Claus

The Dearly Departed Podcast explores the dark side of Hollywood history. It is led by famed Hollywood historian Scott Michaels -- who operates LA's Dearly Departed Tours and, and who has been featured as an expert on E! Entertainment multiple times, as well as in his own documentaries like The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter -- and co-hosted by filmmaker Mike Dorsey (The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter, Murder Rap: Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders, Demon House). Every two weeks we will explore a different Hollywood death or other dark and fascinating story from Tinseltown's sordid history!

Covered in this Episode:


Penny Marshall, left, and Cindy Williams as the title characters in the ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” Ms. Marshall’s success on the show paved the way for her directing career. Credit ABC
Penny Marshall, left, and Cindy Williams as the title characters in the ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.”

Ms. Marshall’s success on the show paved the way for her directing career. Credit ABC

Please Support: 
LA Conservancy and Hollywood Heritage

Article: Owner who demolished Neutra house ordered to build exact replica (Link)

Article: Neutra House in Palm Springs Destroyed (Link)


:: Death of Santa Claus ::

Article: Ho Ho Ho! Read bout Leroy Scholtz aka Santa Claus at!

:: Dean Martin ::

Dean Martin (Getty Images)
Dean Martin (Getty Images)

Video: Watch the Martin and Lews Reunion from 1976! 

Article: FindADeath's writeup on the death of Dean Martin

Hamburger Hamlet
The old Hamburger Hamlet that Deano used to hang out at

Scott's Dean Martin beer bottle
Scott's Dean Martin beer bottle

:: Tiny Tim ::

Tiny Tim

Watch Tiny Tim perform his hit Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Article: Tiny Tim on FindADeath



Article: Kevin Smith survives 'massive' heart attack: 'I would've died tonight' (Link)

Download: Scott's FindADeah Death A Day App!


El Coyote Restaurant 

Special Thanks again to LA's El Coyote Restaurant!

Dec 23, 2018