Scarina’s Weekly Roundup: 11/4/14

Now that’s my Kind of Vacation!

Cemetery tourist Loren Rhoads has just released a book about her travels, Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.

The former editor of Morbid Curiosity magazine shares her adventures and tips touring the world’s cemeteries.

My particular favorites are St. Paul’s and Trinity Churchyard in Lower Manhattan.  City life continues around these islands of serenity that or filled with some amazing tombstones, like this one.



And the Creeper of the Year Award Goes To…

He’s a famous historian.  He speaks 13 languages.  And he’s going to spend the rest of his life in a psychiatric hospital for unearthing the graves of 29 children and turning them into dolls.

Anatoly Moskvin was arrested in 2011 for desecrating graves in Nizhny Novgorod, a town about 250 miles east of Moscow.  Investigators found the mummified bodies of children in his apartment.  Moskvin would dress them, put lipstick on their faces, and put music boxes in their ribcages.



Is it More Accurate than Sylvia Brown?
A new iOS app is giving people the creeps.  Deadline uses a quiz and your Healthkit information to generate a time that counts down to your time of death.


That isn’t mine, by the way.  I was considering downloading it but the overwhelming amount of one star reviews was off-putting.  I guess it’s back to the old-fashioned method of asking the Ouija board when I’ll die.



Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun

Police in Beijing are warning Halloween revelers that ride the subway, if you “insist on getting on the subway, or the chaos is serious and causes a stampede or other public safety incident, the police will deal with it severely in accordance with the law.”

For the past several years, expats have been organizing Halloween parties on subway Line 2.  They’d dress up in costume and bring beer and mixed drinks.  This sounds like just another day in New York City.  Halloween isn’t celebrated in China and Beijing is trying to clean up its image before hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference next month.  This includes getting Spider-Man off of the train.  You know Peter Parker always hops the turnstile.



That Explains the Smell

Have you ever wondered what happened in your house before you lived there?  In California, deaths in houses for sale or rent must be disclosed but three years is as far back as it has to go.  So your house could have been a serial killer’s lair and you might never have known it until now.  Died in House is a service that, for $14.99, uses an algorithm to scour any records and see who died in your house and of what.

This sounds useful but as a mortuary student, I have to tell you that about eighty years ago, almost everyone died at home.  So if your house is of a certain age you should just assume that it’s known corpses.