I'm a PhD student researching the role of mortuary archaeology in contemporary British society. Think of this as a scrapbook of all the interesting links, snippets of information and random bits and bobs I come across pertaining to death, dying and the dead. Enjoy?!


'It would produce hysteria': Why Jackie Kennedy's blood-stained pink suit is being hidden from public view until 2103
For 50 years after John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, almost no one has laid eyes on the pink suit Jacqueline Kennedy was wearing the day her husband died.
Preserved in a climate-controlled vault outside of Washington, the suit and its accessories, still stained with JFK’s blood, are being held by the National Archives under strict Kennedy family restrictions that it not be seen until at least 2103.
With the world’s fixation on President Kennedy’s assassination, experts agree that displaying what is arguably the most legendary garment in American history, would indeed be problematic.

(Source: Daily Mail)

'It would produce hysteria': Why Jackie Kennedy's blood-stained pink suit is being hidden from public view until 2103
For 50 years after John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, almost no one has laid eyes on the pink suit Jacqueline Kennedy was wearing the day her husband died.
Preserved in a climate-controlled vault outside of Washington, the suit and its accessories, still stained with JFK’s blood, are being held by the National Archives under strict Kennedy family restrictions that it not be seen until at least 2103.
With the world’s fixation on President Kennedy’s assassination, experts agree that displaying what is arguably the most legendary garment in American history, would indeed be problematic.

(Source: Daily Mail)

'It would produce hysteria': Why Jackie Kennedy's blood-stained pink suit is being hidden from public view until 2103

For 50 years after John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, almost no one has laid eyes on the pink suit Jacqueline Kennedy was wearing the day her husband died.

Preserved in a climate-controlled vault outside of Washington, the suit and its accessories, still stained with JFK’s blood, are being held by the National Archives under strict Kennedy family restrictions that it not be seen until at least 2103.

With the world’s fixation on President Kennedy’s assassination, experts agree that displaying what is arguably the most legendary garment in American history, would indeed be problematic.

(Source: Daily Mail)


Dallas: on the trail of JFK
Ahead of the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Nigel Richardson visits key sites in Dallas

It was nearly midnight in downtown Dallas. As we crossed Dealey Plaza on Elm Street the taxi driver braked sharply – “This is where the first bullet hit” – then floored the accelerator, whipped us round on to Stemmons Freeway and headed for Parkland Memorial Hospital.


“Kennedy was pretty much dead by this point,” he said. “Jackie had the president’s brains in her hands. Me, I don’t think Oswald did it.”


The driver, who had just picked me up from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, had taken me a little too literally. I told him I was there because the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination was looming and I wanted to see where and how it happened. He responded by taking me on the route of the motorcade on which JFK was shot, before dropping me (exhausted, bemused, excited) at my hotel in the early hours.




The assassination of President John F Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was one of the defining events of post-war history – what you might call the baby boomers’ 9/11. From it, like sparks from a spinning wheel, have flown a million stories of conjecture and conspiracy.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Dallas: on the trail of JFK
Ahead of the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Nigel Richardson visits key sites in Dallas

It was nearly midnight in downtown Dallas. As we crossed Dealey Plaza on Elm Street the taxi driver braked sharply – “This is where the first bullet hit” – then floored the accelerator, whipped us round on to Stemmons Freeway and headed for Parkland Memorial Hospital.


“Kennedy was pretty much dead by this point,” he said. “Jackie had the president’s brains in her hands. Me, I don’t think Oswald did it.”


The driver, who had just picked me up from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, had taken me a little too literally. I told him I was there because the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination was looming and I wanted to see where and how it happened. He responded by taking me on the route of the motorcade on which JFK was shot, before dropping me (exhausted, bemused, excited) at my hotel in the early hours.




The assassination of President John F Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was one of the defining events of post-war history – what you might call the baby boomers’ 9/11. From it, like sparks from a spinning wheel, have flown a million stories of conjecture and conspiracy.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Dallas: on the trail of JFK
Ahead of the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Nigel Richardson visits key sites in Dallas

It was nearly midnight in downtown Dallas. As we crossed Dealey Plaza on Elm Street the taxi driver braked sharply – “This is where the first bullet hit” – then floored the accelerator, whipped us round on to Stemmons Freeway and headed for Parkland Memorial Hospital.


“Kennedy was pretty much dead by this point,” he said. “Jackie had the president’s brains in her hands. Me, I don’t think Oswald did it.”


The driver, who had just picked me up from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, had taken me a little too literally. I told him I was there because the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination was looming and I wanted to see where and how it happened. He responded by taking me on the route of the motorcade on which JFK was shot, before dropping me (exhausted, bemused, excited) at my hotel in the early hours.




The assassination of President John F Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was one of the defining events of post-war history – what you might call the baby boomers’ 9/11. From it, like sparks from a spinning wheel, have flown a million stories of conjecture and conspiracy.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Dallas: on the trail of JFK

Ahead of the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Nigel Richardson visits key sites in Dallas

It was nearly midnight in downtown Dallas. As we crossed Dealey Plaza on Elm Street the taxi driver braked sharply – “This is where the first bullet hit” – then floored the accelerator, whipped us round on to Stemmons Freeway and headed for Parkland Memorial Hospital.

“Kennedy was pretty much dead by this point,” he said. “Jackie had the president’s brains in her hands. Me, I don’t think Oswald did it.”

The driver, who had just picked me up from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, had taken me a little too literally. I told him I was there because the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination was looming and I wanted to see where and how it happened. He responded by taking me on the route of the motorcade on which JFK was shot, before dropping me (exhausted, bemused, excited) at my hotel in the early hours.

The assassination of President John F Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was one of the defining events of post-war history – what you might call the baby boomers’ 9/11. From it, like sparks from a spinning wheel, have flown a million stories of conjecture and conspiracy.

(Source: The Telegraph)


Kennedy assassination: memory and myth refuse to die after 50 years
JFK’s 1,036 days as president exert an enduring grip on the public imagination, but opinions are divided over his record
These days, it is only the world’s grandparents who can tell you where they were when they heard John F Kennedy was dead. For decades that was a staple of the global collective memory, a question that could be asked in Berlin or London as readily as New York or Los Angeles. Today that memory becomes exactly 50 years old.


(Source: The Guardian)

Kennedy assassination: memory and myth refuse to die after 50 years
JFK’s 1,036 days as president exert an enduring grip on the public imagination, but opinions are divided over his record
These days, it is only the world’s grandparents who can tell you where they were when they heard John F Kennedy was dead. For decades that was a staple of the global collective memory, a question that could be asked in Berlin or London as readily as New York or Los Angeles. Today that memory becomes exactly 50 years old.


(Source: The Guardian)

Kennedy assassination: memory and myth refuse to die after 50 years
JFK’s 1,036 days as president exert an enduring grip on the public imagination, but opinions are divided over his record
These days, it is only the world’s grandparents who can tell you where they were when they heard John F Kennedy was dead. For decades that was a staple of the global collective memory, a question that could be asked in Berlin or London as readily as New York or Los Angeles. Today that memory becomes exactly 50 years old.


(Source: The Guardian)

Kennedy assassination: memory and myth refuse to die after 50 years

JFK’s 1,036 days as president exert an enduring grip on the public imagination, but opinions are divided over his record
These days, it is only the world’s grandparents who can tell you where they were when they heard John F Kennedy was dead. For decades that was a staple of the global collective memory, a question that could be asked in Berlin or London as readily as New York or Los Angeles. Today that memory becomes exactly 50 years old.
(Source: The Guardian)

Fateful day JFK was assassinated as seen by bystanders
Rare photographs of the day JFK was assassinated taken by bystanders are going on show for the first time in decades. 
The show at the International Center of Photography in New York, JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History, examines the photographs which show the fateful day from an angle not seen in official accounts of the day. 
While some of the images were used in news reports at the time, the enduring image of the assassination has been through the famous film by Abraham Zapruder. 
The snapshots show a smiling Kennedy and his wife Jackie moments before the President was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Other images show a distraught Jackie Kennedy at the President’s funeral and Oswald being led away by Federal officers.

(Source: Daily Mail)

Fateful day JFK was assassinated as seen by bystanders
Rare photographs of the day JFK was assassinated taken by bystanders are going on show for the first time in decades. 
The show at the International Center of Photography in New York, JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History, examines the photographs which show the fateful day from an angle not seen in official accounts of the day. 
While some of the images were used in news reports at the time, the enduring image of the assassination has been through the famous film by Abraham Zapruder. 
The snapshots show a smiling Kennedy and his wife Jackie moments before the President was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Other images show a distraught Jackie Kennedy at the President’s funeral and Oswald being led away by Federal officers.

(Source: Daily Mail)

Fateful day JFK was assassinated as seen by bystanders

Rare photographs of the day JFK was assassinated taken by bystanders are going on show for the first time in decades. 

The show at the International Center of Photography in New York, JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History, examines the photographs which show the fateful day from an angle not seen in official accounts of the day. 

While some of the images were used in news reports at the time, the enduring image of the assassination has been through the famous film by Abraham Zapruder. 

The snapshots show a smiling Kennedy and his wife Jackie moments before the President was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Other images show a distraught Jackie Kennedy at the President’s funeral and Oswald being led away by Federal officers.

(Source: Daily Mail)


From Julius Caesar to JFK: Visit the top assassination tourist sites
Tourists still flock to see the building JFK was shot from but he’s not the only assassination victim to draw a crowd:
JFK Dallas, Texas
November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Visitors to Dallas can find out more about President John F Kennedy – and his untimely death – in a number of ways. The somewhat inappropriately named Big D Fun Tours’ JFK Assassination Tour takes in key locations, while The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is on the site of the former book depository from which Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired the fatal shot. The 50 sq ft John F Kennedy Memorial, on Main, Elm and Market Streets, is also worth checking out.
http://www.bigdfuntours.comhttp://www.jfk.org
Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi
Gandhi Smriti is the Delhi museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi – it’s also where Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. The museum houses a number of artefacts associated with Gandhi’s life, and there are tours of the building, including the room where Gandhi lived. It’s also possible to visit the spot on which he was shot while taking his nightly walk. Eerie. The exact location is marked by a Martyr’s Column, with a trail of concrete footprints acting as a reminder of the leaders’ last steps.
http://www.gandhimuseum.org
John Lennon, New York City
John Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman at the Dakota, an apartment building on the north-west corner of Central Park, on December 8, 1980. The park’s 2.5-acre (1ha) Strawberry Fields memorial in New York comprises a circular mosaic bearing the title of his most famous song, Imagine. ‘I saw roses, candles, works of art and even a hand-made Lennon doll placed on the Imagine memorial,’ says Kris, founder of http://www.theyellowbrickroadtrip.blogspot.co.uk. ‘These impromptu memorials are common and often attended by famous musicians and admirers of Lennon.’ Other locations for Beatles fans include 105 Bank Street in the West Village and The Plaza Hotel, where the group stayed before their famous first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.
http://www.nycgo.com
Martin Luther King, Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee
Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray, an escapee from Missouri State Penitentiary, on April 4, 1968. King was a regular at the Lorraine Motel – usually staying in room 306 – and it was while standing on the second-floor balcony that he was fatally shot. Visitors to Mulberry Street will now find the National Civil Rights Museum, a complex that incorporates not just a museum but several other important sites, including the Lorraine Motel and the Young and Morrow building on 422 Main Street, from which the fatal shot was thought to have been fired.
http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org
Julius Caesar, Theatre of Pompeii, Rome
Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in March 44BC by 60 Roman senators who called themselves the Liberators. The attack took place at the Theatre of Pompeii, one of Rome’s first permanent theatres. Its largest intact remains can be found at the spectacular Renaissance Palazzo della Cancelleria in the heart of the city. However, some buildings were constructed on top of the theatre’s original curved foundations. For this reason, visitors to modern-day Rome will be able to spot several curved buildings and streets. The Palazzo della Cancelleria itself is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture.
http://www.rome.info
Yitzhak Rabin, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv
Yitzhak Rabin was the fifth prime minister of Israel, serving two terms. His second term ended with his assassination in 1995. On November 4, Rabin had attended a political rally held in support of the Oslo Accords, a peace agreement which gave Palestinians more control over the West Bank and Gaza. The rally took place in Tel Aviv’s Kikar Malkhei Yisrael (Kings of Israel) Square: Rabin was about to get into his car when Yigal Amir, a right-wing extremist, fired three shots at him. Two bullets hit Rabin, who was rushed to hospital but later died on the operating table from blood loss. Many of Israel’s streets were subsequently named after Rabin, including the square in which he died. Rabin Square is now also home to a monument dedicated to Rabin.

From Julius Caesar to JFK: Visit the top assassination tourist sites
Tourists still flock to see the building JFK was shot from but he’s not the only assassination victim to draw a crowd:
JFK Dallas, Texas
November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Visitors to Dallas can find out more about President John F Kennedy – and his untimely death – in a number of ways. The somewhat inappropriately named Big D Fun Tours’ JFK Assassination Tour takes in key locations, while The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is on the site of the former book depository from which Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired the fatal shot. The 50 sq ft John F Kennedy Memorial, on Main, Elm and Market Streets, is also worth checking out.
http://www.bigdfuntours.comhttp://www.jfk.org
Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi
Gandhi Smriti is the Delhi museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi – it’s also where Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. The museum houses a number of artefacts associated with Gandhi’s life, and there are tours of the building, including the room where Gandhi lived. It’s also possible to visit the spot on which he was shot while taking his nightly walk. Eerie. The exact location is marked by a Martyr’s Column, with a trail of concrete footprints acting as a reminder of the leaders’ last steps.
http://www.gandhimuseum.org
John Lennon, New York City
John Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman at the Dakota, an apartment building on the north-west corner of Central Park, on December 8, 1980. The park’s 2.5-acre (1ha) Strawberry Fields memorial in New York comprises a circular mosaic bearing the title of his most famous song, Imagine. ‘I saw roses, candles, works of art and even a hand-made Lennon doll placed on the Imagine memorial,’ says Kris, founder of http://www.theyellowbrickroadtrip.blogspot.co.uk. ‘These impromptu memorials are common and often attended by famous musicians and admirers of Lennon.’ Other locations for Beatles fans include 105 Bank Street in the West Village and The Plaza Hotel, where the group stayed before their famous first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.
http://www.nycgo.com
Martin Luther King, Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee
Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray, an escapee from Missouri State Penitentiary, on April 4, 1968. King was a regular at the Lorraine Motel – usually staying in room 306 – and it was while standing on the second-floor balcony that he was fatally shot. Visitors to Mulberry Street will now find the National Civil Rights Museum, a complex that incorporates not just a museum but several other important sites, including the Lorraine Motel and the Young and Morrow building on 422 Main Street, from which the fatal shot was thought to have been fired.
http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org
Julius Caesar, Theatre of Pompeii, Rome
Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in March 44BC by 60 Roman senators who called themselves the Liberators. The attack took place at the Theatre of Pompeii, one of Rome’s first permanent theatres. Its largest intact remains can be found at the spectacular Renaissance Palazzo della Cancelleria in the heart of the city. However, some buildings were constructed on top of the theatre’s original curved foundations. For this reason, visitors to modern-day Rome will be able to spot several curved buildings and streets. The Palazzo della Cancelleria itself is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture.
http://www.rome.info
Yitzhak Rabin, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv
Yitzhak Rabin was the fifth prime minister of Israel, serving two terms. His second term ended with his assassination in 1995. On November 4, Rabin had attended a political rally held in support of the Oslo Accords, a peace agreement which gave Palestinians more control over the West Bank and Gaza. The rally took place in Tel Aviv’s Kikar Malkhei Yisrael (Kings of Israel) Square: Rabin was about to get into his car when Yigal Amir, a right-wing extremist, fired three shots at him. Two bullets hit Rabin, who was rushed to hospital but later died on the operating table from blood loss. Many of Israel’s streets were subsequently named after Rabin, including the square in which he died. Rabin Square is now also home to a monument dedicated to Rabin.

From Julius Caesar to JFK: Visit the top assassination tourist sites

Tourists still flock to see the building JFK was shot from but he’s not the only assassination victim to draw a crowd:

JFK Dallas, Texas

November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Visitors to Dallas can find out more about President John F Kennedy – and his untimely death – in a number of ways. The somewhat inappropriately named Big D Fun Tours’ JFK Assassination Tour takes in key locations, while The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is on the site of the former book depository from which Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired the fatal shot. The 50 sq ft John F Kennedy Memorial, on Main, Elm and Market Streets, is also worth checking out.

http://www.bigdfuntours.com
http://www.jfk.org

Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi

Gandhi Smriti is the Delhi museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi – it’s also where Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. The museum houses a number of artefacts associated with Gandhi’s life, and there are tours of the building, including the room where Gandhi lived. It’s also possible to visit the spot on which he was shot while taking his nightly walk. Eerie. The exact location is marked by a Martyr’s Column, with a trail of concrete footprints acting as a reminder of the leaders’ last steps.

http://www.gandhimuseum.org

John Lennon, New York City

John Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman at the Dakota, an apartment building on the north-west corner of Central Park, on December 8, 1980. The park’s 2.5-acre (1ha) Strawberry Fields memorial in New York comprises a circular mosaic bearing the title of his most famous song, Imagine. ‘I saw roses, candles, works of art and even a hand-made Lennon doll placed on the Imagine memorial,’ says Kris, founder of http://www.theyellowbrickroadtrip.blogspot.co.uk. ‘These impromptu memorials are common and often attended by famous musicians and admirers of Lennon.’ Other locations for Beatles fans include 105 Bank Street in the West Village and The Plaza Hotel, where the group stayed before their famous first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.

http://www.nycgo.com

Martin Luther King, Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee

Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray, an escapee from Missouri State Penitentiary, on April 4, 1968. King was a regular at the Lorraine Motel – usually staying in room 306 – and it was while standing on the second-floor balcony that he was fatally shot. Visitors to Mulberry Street will now find the National Civil Rights Museum, a complex that incorporates not just a museum but several other important sites, including the Lorraine Motel and the Young and Morrow building on 422 Main Street, from which the fatal shot was thought to have been fired.

http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org

Julius Caesar, Theatre of Pompeii, Rome

Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in March 44BC by 60 Roman senators who called themselves the Liberators. The attack took place at the Theatre of Pompeii, one of Rome’s first permanent theatres. Its largest intact remains can be found at the spectacular Renaissance Palazzo della Cancelleria in the heart of the city. However, some buildings were constructed on top of the theatre’s original curved foundations. For this reason, visitors to modern-day Rome will be able to spot several curved buildings and streets. The Palazzo della Cancelleria itself is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture.

http://www.rome.info

Yitzhak Rabin, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv

Yitzhak Rabin was the fifth prime minister of Israel, serving two terms. His second term ended with his assassination in 1995. On November 4, Rabin had attended a political rally held in support of the Oslo Accords, a peace agreement which gave Palestinians more control over the West Bank and Gaza. The rally took place in Tel Aviv’s Kikar Malkhei Yisrael (Kings of Israel) Square: Rabin was about to get into his car when Yigal Amir, a right-wing extremist, fired three shots at him. Two bullets hit Rabin, who was rushed to hospital but later died on the operating table from blood loss. Many of Israel’s streets were subsequently named after Rabin, including the square in which he died. Rabin Square is now also home to a monument dedicated to Rabin.