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Chairman of the Morgue - Jeff Perrin
Funeral Director - The Peek Family
Cryptkeeper - Ryan Fitzgerald
Graverobber - Robert VanDoren
The Embalmer - Kerri Thorp
Hearsetoonist - Brian De Witt
Webspinner - Mark Villarino

January, 2000


Sunday, January 16th, 9:00 am 3:00pm: (We were just notified of this, so I hope your Epitaph arrives in time) The Cadillac Club International is holding it's Cadillac Show at Coast Cadillac in Long Beach and we are invited.


Sunday, January 30th, 10:00 am: So Cal Chapter of PCS will meet with PCHC™Ź at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Formerly Hollywood Memorial Park), 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, 90038.


Sunday, February 6th, 1:00pm: PCHC™ meeting at Dark Delicacies' new location, 4213 West Burbank Blvd. 5 Blocks west of Hollywood Way. (818) 556-6660.


Meeting Mins Jan. 9, 2000 at Fairhaven Cemetery/Omega Burger

  1. 18 hearses, 1 limo, 1 ambulance, 1 imperial, and a bunch of jerks...Or I should probably say members were in attendance.
  2. After about 45 minutes we were tossed on our asses by the cemetery crew. So we moved on. First stop was our assault on the orange circle. We drove around it about 9 or 10 times, causing panic, and traffic. It was rumored that a lady in her car was so pissed that she was overheard calling the cops on her cell phone. We arrived at Omega burgers and held the meeting there.
  3. Jeff announced that the club is doing better this year as far as the finances go. 1999 totals show profit around $### more than 1998 which had a negative.
  4. The subject of the PCHC™ nameplates came up, with no decision being made. Mark Villarino showed the ones he can get, and the crowd went wild, but we are still waiting on another option or two before we hold a vote.
  5. The next meeting will be held at Dark Delicacies in Burbank February the 6th.
  6. Jeff showed the club the award for most ass kickinest bowler. It will be presented to Rock Griffith at the next meeting.
  7. Member Brian Moore filled us in on the PCHC™ hot-wheels hearse. He said that he has seen 300 little black bodies, without the chrome or stickers. Since this is not a hot-wheels priority they are not working day and night to get them done. Brian said that he’ll get 'em when he gets 'em. He will let us know.
  8. Member Jeff Ceurvorst mentioned the joint meeting with both the so. Cal P.C.S. and PCHC™ at the Hollywood Forever cemetery on Sunday Jan. 30.
  9. Jim Crabtree announced that the annual P.C.S. Meet will be held in L.A. in the year 2001.
  10. The raffle was held.
  11. The meeting came to an end with everyone cramming into the small burger joint.

chevy hearse

chevrolet hearse 

Above: Member Jerry Wyatt’s 1930 Chevrolet Garner Hearse. Jerry is currently getting the wood floor and roof replaced, then the rest of the job should go pretty fast. Look forward to seeing it pull up to a PCHC™ meeting in the future.


Museum of Death to move

Hollywood: Morbid attraction to feature demise of celebrities.

SAN DIEGO The Museum of Death celebrated its last day in downtown’s lively Gaslamp Quarter with a steady stream of visitors viewing exhibits of bloody deaths, artwork by serial killers and other morbid memorabilia.

The museum, housed in what owners say is the site of he city’s first mortuary, closed its doors on Halloween due to a lease disagreement with the building owner. But the museum’s death is only temporary. Owners already may have found a new home in...where else? Hollywood.

Cathee Shultz, who co-owns the museum with her husband, J.D. Healy, said Los Angeles was a natural fit.

"With all the redeveloping going on there, the landlords were very interested in getting a new, interesting and unique museum in the area," Shultz said.

Sally Chateau, a first time visitor from Los Angeles, couldn’t decide whether she would visit again.

"No, once is enough," Chateau said, barely taking her eyes off a letter written by serial killer Richard Ramirez. "Well, it’s a lot to read. I might need to come back to finish reading."

A posted notice warns that some exhibits are "of extreme graphic nature," and indeed some people have thrown up or fainted at the site of them.

For a $5 admission fee, visitors to the original museum sat in a small room to watch a television placed inside a casket that served as an armoire. It showed them such grisly images as a man being scalped.

Five other small rooms contained a life-size guillotine, the bloody stained T-shirt worn by a man who was executed in an electric chair; displays devoted to notorious criminals such as Charles Manson and dismembered bodies in crime scene photos.

Janet Shearer, a forensic science major, said she was visiting the museum a second time because it helps her better understand serial killer’s motivations.

"In a lot of ways, it’s grotesque, but I think there’s a fascination with serial killers," said Shearer, whose father is a police officer. "This helps us take a look into their minds and be more aware of what kind of psychopaths are out there.

The museum, which opened in 1995, began as a hobby for the owners, who wrote to serial killers because they were interested in finding out more about them. Soon, they had acquired a collection of artwork and displayed it at a gallery before opening a museum.

In the new museum, the theme will be celebrity deaths. Exhibits will include photographs of Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy on autopsy tables and enlarged photos of the Black Dahlia case.

Shultz makes no apologies for her business, which she hopes to expand to other cities such as Chicago, where the theme would be mob deaths, and New Orleans, where it would be voodoo deaths.

"Yes, we showcase violent death. I’m in the business, Shultz said. "Our society wants it and so I give it to them and I try to do it in a respectful way."