They say curiosity killed the cat, but when the cat is already dead, some people would opt to keep its skull. Collecting macabre and other oddities is not a new concept, but it is fascinating. In fact, there is an entire museum dedicated to medical oddities and mummified bodies located in Philadelphia. The Mutter Museum draws over 60,000 visitors annually.
Obviously, there's a large group of people interested in these creepy objects. Beyond those interested in a visit, there are those that take it a step further and have personal collections of skulls, occultic objects, mummified body parts, and more. One example of this is Michael McDowell, a horror writer who wrote over to dozen novels, screenplays, and shows and was involved with "Beetlejuice" and "Nightmare Before Christmas."
McDowell's collection was extensive and included a coffin with a human skeleton inside that he used for his coffee table. Among other things, he collected pictures of models in burial gowns, a daguerreotype of a dead child, and sheet music written for funerals. Since his passing, his collection has moved to an American college and libraries.
Another example of those who have morbid curiosities are the famous Ed and Lorraine Warren who are a controversial couple themselves as they are paranormal investigators and have collected memorabilia from the hauntings they investigated. The team is controversial because it is speculated that the Amityville hauntings were a hoax. Regardless, the Warren's have a personal Occult Museum that displays many items including the notorious Annabelle doll that has inspired several horror films.
There are many other people that have vast collections of morbid and paranormal curiosities. This week's podcast delves into 15 collections and the people who own them with Paul Gambino, author of Morbid Curiosities. Check it out and comment below some of your own findings!