I’ve always been a bit of a morbid person – reading Emily Dickinson, writing depressing poems, reading about serial killers, etc. – so when I happened upon the Celebrity Morgue, I was intrigued. But now I don’t know how I feel about it. Perhaps I’m not as morbid as I thought.
For those who don’t know, the Celebrity Morgue website has actual pictures of dead celebrities and other historical figures, including Marilyn Monroe, Edgar Allan Poe, and Josef Stalin (below).
The Smoking Gun website has tons of mug shots, and I enjoy looking at those, but for some reason the Celebrity Morgue site creeps me out a little. Just a little. I’ve seen pictures of dead people before and haven’t been bothered. Maybe it’s because Celebrity Morgue has pictures of famous people, so I feel like I know them or something.
What do you think of the whole thing?
The term morgue is derived from French morguer, which means ‘to look at solemnly, to defy’. The term was first used to describe the inner wicket of a prison, where prisoners were kept for some time, during which the jailers and turnkeys would spend time looking at the prisoners so that they would be able to recognize them. Relating to dead people, the name was first given to a building in Paris, which, in the middle of the fifth century, was part of the Châtelet and was used for the keeping and identification of unknown corpses. Wikipedia.org – Morgue