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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!
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
|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
ARTICLE: Is LAX’s Theme Building coming back to life as part of an on-airport hotel?
|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)
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
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"
WATCH: Lana Clarkson as Little Richard
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!
Listen: Scott's favorite Ramones song, I Just Want To Have Something To Do
|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!
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
|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!
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
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.
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.
Buy: Get Marc Canter's book Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction!
Link: Check out Scott's Black Dahlia Mystery Tour!
Buy: Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel
...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
...and Addams Chronicles: An Altogether Ooky Look at the Addams Family by Stephen Cox
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)
Article: An interesting blog post about the crash and Coogan's friendship with Durkin (Link)
|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:
IN THE NEWS
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 ::
Article: JFK files: CIA lined up actress for date with Jordan's King Hussein during visit to United States (Link)
Article: Scott's write-up on the death of Susan Cabot at FindADeath.com!
|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 FindADeath.com, 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:
IN THE NEWS
Article: Owner who demolished Neutra house ordered to build exact replica (Link)
Article: Neutra House in Palm Springs Destroyed (Link)
|Dec 23, 2018|