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1831 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA (Los Angeles, California)
Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery
This cemetery is one the earliest burial grounds in the city of Los Angeles, California and also the final resting place of a wide variety of interesting personalities. Among its interred are early pioneers, businessmen, and politicians of the city; as well as such Hollywood personalities as Dracula director, Tod Browning, and acclaimed actress, Hattie McDaniel. Also among the dead are the famous magician, Harry Kellar, as well as the perpetrators and victims of notorious crimes. It has also made appearances in both movies and television, including Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) and the popular television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The cemetery was founded in 1884 as Rosedale Cemetery, which it was called for over a century. It was also home to the first crematory west of the Rockies, which also reportedly had the distinction of being the second in the United States. The first cremation took place in 1887. Angelus-Rosedale's historic crematory should not be confused with the Chapel of the Pines Crematory, which adjoins the property. That facility was constructed in 1903 and is unrelated.

Rosedale Cemetery also has the distinction of being the first cemetery in Los Angeles to open its grounds to all races and creeds, reportedly dropping their racial barriers in 1952 (see Hattie McDaniel below). It also is fairly unique in that it features a variety of standing tombstones, tombs, and personal mausoleums in comparison with other cemeteries in the city that tend to favor flat headstones. Interspersed among the graves, the cemetery also planted a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers to adopt the park-like setting of so-called "lawn cemeteries" - a relatively new concept in those days.

The cemetery officially became known as Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in 1993 after the nearby Angelus Funeral Home purchased the grounds. The cemetery is spread out over 65-acres and is the final resting place of over 100,000 individuals - many with their own unique stories to tell.

George Shatto
One of the more interesting private tombs at Angelus-Rosedale also dates back to the first decade of the cemetery's existence. The pyramid-shaped tomb is the final resting place of George R. Shatto, an early entrepreneur/developer in Los Angeles's history. However, it is his purchase and development of Santa Catalina Island for which he is best known. He bought the island for $200,000 in 1887 and is often credited as transforming the island into the tourist resort it is today. He did this by pinpointing an area on the southwest corner to build what is today the island's only city. Shatto's sister-in-law and her husband, Etta and Edwin Whitney, joined him in the venture and it is Etta that dubbed the new city, Avalon. To accomplish his goals, he began ferrying tourists in from the mainland and built the then-80-room Hotel Metrople. However, he quickly found that the overall costs were beyond his means and began defaulting on the mortgage payments. Only a mere five years into his dream, he lost the island. The subsequent owners continued the development and ultimately achieved where Shatto failed.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Shatto met a "...sudden and shocking death" at the age of 33 in a train accident in Ravenna, California on June 1, 1883 and was buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. His tomb is quite easily located from the road at the southwest corner of Section N.

George Goodfellow
A bit of Wild West history can also be found at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. George Emory Goodfellow is often credited today for making several advances in the field of medicine (including being the first surgeon to successfully perform a laparotomy and prostatectomy and one of the first in the world to use spinal anesthesia), but is best remembered for his medical practice in the rough-and-tumble town of Tombstone, Arizona where he was credited as being one of the finest surgeons in the world.

During his years in Tombstone, he is said to have treated such famous gunfighters as Doc Holiday, Morgan and Virgil Earp, and Billy Clanton; reportedly even tending some of them following the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral. At the time, he was considered one of the foremost experts in the treatment of gunshot wounds - a practice which most credit to his experience in Tombstone. Goodfellow was also notable for his odd sense of humor. In the case of one gunshot victim, Goodfellow noted on the autopsy that the body was " in lead, but too badly punctured to hold whiskey."

His dry wit was also evidenced in the now-famous coroner report following the lynching of John Heath in the aftermath of the 1883 Bisbee Massacre. Heath was allegedly involved in the planning but did not participate in the fatal robbery that ended with several innocent civilians being shot and killed as the robbers left the store. He received only a prison sentence for his role in the crime, which the locals felt was too lenient. They took matters into their own hands when they hung Heath from a telegraph pole - the only lynching in Tombstone history. The law decided to wait until the coroner's report before determining whether arrests would be made. Goodfellow essentially absolved the citizens when he reported that Heath's death was caused by "...emphysema of the lungs which might have been, and probably was, caused by strangulation, self-inflicted or otherwise, as in accordance with the medical evidence."

In addition to his years in Tombstone, Goodfellow was also present during reportedly all of the major battles of the Spanish-American War (even assisting in negotiating the surrender with Spanish General Jose Toral over a bottle of "prescribed" barleycorn), aided victims of the powerful 1887 earthquake in the Sonora Desert, and received a silver medal that had once belonged to Emperor Maximilian of Mexico for recognition of his humanitarian efforts. He later moved to San Francisco, California where he set up a very successful medical practice. A nervous disorder ultimately ended his medical career and he relocated to Los Angeles where he died on December 7, 1910 of reported "multiple neuritis" at the age of 54. His remains were cremated and stored in an unmarked tomb in the Mausoleum on the grounds of Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery.

Pauline Flood
One of the more tragic stories of Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery is surely the story of one-year-old Pauline Flood, who may be better known for her death than her brief acting career. Several sources state that Flood reportedly starred in nine silent films and a spattering of commercials under the moniker of "Baby Sunshine." However, none of those sources cite the films or work by name and her career is a bit of a mystery. What is known is that the young child star met a tragic end when she reportedly crawled in front of a moving truck on October 19, 1917 - becoming what one source cites as "...the youngest celebrity ever to have been killed by a car." Flood was buried in the southern tip of Section 7 (Lot 1, Grave 2N-2W) in what is the children's section of the cemetery. Her grave appears to be unmarked.

Eliza Poor Houghton
A very dark moment in the history of the westward expansion of the United States is also represented in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. Eliza Poor Houghton was born Eliza Poor Donner on March 8, 1843 to George and Tamzene Donner. George Donner is best known today as the leader of the ill-fated Donner Party, who became trapped in the Sierra Nevada during the vicious winter of 1846-1847 as they made their way westward to settle in California. Eliza was a mere three years old during those fateful months and was one of the 48 settlers that survived, of which some had resorted to cannibalism in order to survive.

Among the 41 dead were Eliza's father, George, and her mother, Tamzene, who is regarded as something of a heroine for refusing to leave her dying husband when the third relief party departed with Eliza and her two sisters. When the relief party returned for the fourth time, Tamzene was nowhere to be found and her death (and missing body) has been the cause of great speculation ever since. The state of California has forever memorialized the tragedy of the Donner Party by establishing Donner Memorial State Park.

Following her rescue, Eliza and her sister, Georgia, went to live with Christian and Mary Brune who raised the girls. In 1861, Eliza married a California Congressman and San Jose resident, Sherman Otis Houghton and the couple later moved to Southern California. When a historian by the name of C.F. McGlashan came calling, Eliza was eager to set the record straight on the ill-fated party and began a long collaborative process that resulted in McGlashan publishing, History of the Donner Party (1879). The work is considered the foundational Donner book by scholars of today. Eliza turned to McGlashan again when it came time to publish her own memoir of the Donner Party, which was published in 1911 as The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate. In 1918, she was involved with the construction of the Pioneer Monument at Donner Lake.

Eliza Poor Houghton died on February 19, 1922 of heart disease at the age of 78. She was laid to rest in her husband's plot at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. The plot can be found on the western side of Section I (Lot 62, Grave 2SW) under her husband's name, engraved as "S.O. Houghton."

Harry Kellar
Angelus-Rosedale is also the final resting place of world-famous magician Harry Kellar. Born Heinrich Kellar in Erie, Pennsylvania, Kellar took to entertaining at a young age; reportedly thrilling friends with games of "chicken" with oncoming trains and concocting chemical experiments. One such experiment was said to have blown a hole in a drugstore's floor where Kellar was an apprentice, causing the 10-year-old to hop a freight train and escape his parent's wrath. A few years later, he would find his calling when watching a performance by magician, Fakir of Ava (Issac Harris Hughes), whom he would later join as his assistant and begin his formal training.

By the time he was 20 years old, Kellar joined up forces with the renowned Davenport Brothers and Fay (Ira and William Davenport and William Fay), who made a name for themselves for playing off the so-called "spiritualism" of the Fox Sisters (see Rochester, New York) on stage. Kellar and Fay would later branch off as their own magician team for a short time. However, it was over thirty years on his own of tireless touring that Kellar finally was recognized as one of the best known magicians in the world.

Kellar belonged to the Royal Dynasty of Magic - a lineage of magicians who claim the title of "America's Premier Magician" with the preceding magician passing the mantle (and also reportedly his secrets) to their chosen successor. Some sources list the "Royal" line beginning with Kellar himself, while others suggest the mantle was handed over to Kellar from one-time bitter rival but later friend, Herrmann the Great (Alexander Herrmann) following his death in 1896. Kellar in turn, passed the mantle by handing over his magic wand to Howard Thurston during his retirement tour. The tradition of the Royal Dynasty of Magic continues to this day.

In his retirement, Kellar befriended fellow magician Harry Houdini who often claimed that he took Kellar's first name as his own stage name out of admiration. The two became close when Houdini spent a lot of time at Kellar's Los Angeles estate while interviewing him in an effort to chronicle the history of magic. Houdini even convinced Kellar to come out of retirement for one final show as a benefit to the families of men that were lost when a German U-boat sank their transport ship, Antilles. As a surprise, Houdini arranged for Kellar to be carried off stage following his performance, while the audience of thousands serenaded him with Auld Lang Syne.

Kellar passed away on March 10, 1922 at the age of 73 after spending the last two years of his life in poor health and was buried in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. Today, his red-stone grave is marked with the inscription, "Beloved Dean of Magic." It can be found near the road under a small tree in Section L, directly to the right of the front of the mausoleum.

Louise Peete
Murderess Louise Preslar Peete is also buried in Angelus Rosedale Cemetery. The accounts of her crimes and history vary from source to source, so the following accounts may be somewhat exaggerated. Her murder spree supposedly began in 1903 at the age 21 when she shot her boyfriend to death and claimed it was in self-defense. Acquitted of the crime, she reportedly went on to cost the lives of many others. She allegedly drove four husbands to suicide by cheating on them, along with other acts of mental cruelty (some sources list the boyfriend mentioned above as being a husband who committed suicide). She shot, killed, and buried boyfriend, Jacob Denton, in the basement of his mansion. She then proceeded to take over his business affairs for months before she was finally arrested for the murder of the millionaire.

After serving only 19 years for the crime, Peete was released and took a job as a housekeeper. Soon after, two female customers and a female co-worker were dead. The deaths were ruled natural, but suspicious. It was not until she reportedly murdered employer Margaret Logan and took over her business affairs that she was once again arrested and finally sentenced to death in the gas chamber. Some sources claim that Logan and her husband, Arthur, were responsible for Louise Peete making her earlier parole, while others claim that it was one of the former deceased employers.

Regardless, Peete was ultimately executed at the age of 66 in the gas chamber of San Quentin Prison on April 11, 1947 for the murder of Margaret Logan. Her body was then interred in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery; reportedly in Section G (Lot 19A, Space 65). The grave is unmarked.

Hattie McDaniel
Angelus-Rosedale is also the final resting place of prolific actress, singer-songwriter, comedienne, radio/television star, and Academy Award winning actress, Hattie McDaniel. Born to former slaves in 1895, McDaniel is credited today for paving the way for African-Americans in both film and society. It has been said that she appeared in over 300 films, while only receiving credit for around 80. She is credited with a series of firsts for an African-American woman. She is often credited as being the first black woman to sing on network radio, star on a radio sitcom with The Beulah Show (a role she later revisited on its television adaptation), and the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award. The nomination was for her performance as the character of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939) and McDaniel won, making her the first African-American to win an Academy Award. In 2006, the United States Postal Service featured McDaniel in their Black Heritage series giving her another first - the first black Oscar winner to be featured on a stamp.

Despite all of her successes in life, McDaniel often dealt with racial stereotyping throughout her career. A good majority of her performances were in the role of a maid; something that caused controversy throughout the black community and raised protests from the likes of the NAACP. In response to the criticism, McDaniel was quoted as saying, "Why should I complain about making $700 a week playing a maid? If I didn't, I'd be making $7 a week being one."

In 1947, McDaniel helped organize fellow black residents in the West Adams area (dubbed "Sugar Hill" and also happens to be the area around the cemetery) of Los Angeles to successfully defend their property in court from local white residents that sought to have them evicted. The group of white homeowners had drawn up racial restrictive covenants, which sought to restrict the sale of homes to people of color. Due much in part to McDaniel's celebrity and organization efforts, the court threw out the case.

McDaniel passed away on October 26, 1952 of breast cancer at the age of 57. It was her expressed wish to be buried at what was then known as Hollywood Memorial Park (see Hollywood Forever Cemetery). However, she would face one final bout of discrimination from then-owner Jules Roth who refused her request by enforcing the cemetery's "whites only" policy. Her second choice was Angelus-Rosedale and despite protests from local white citizens, the owners of the cemetery readily agreed, which appropriately secured McDaniel one final first - the first African-American to be buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. Her funeral was a lavish affair and attended by around 3,000 mourners.

Following change of ownership in 1999, the new management behind the renamed Hollywood Forever Cemetery attempted to correct the injustice of the cemetery's past and offered to move McDaniel's remains to the grounds she chose as her preferred final resting place. McDaniel's family denied the request, reportedly concerned about disturbing her grave after so much time. Instead, Hollywood Forever erected a cenotaph in her honor and prominently placed it in on the south side of the lake inside the Garden of Legends. McDaniel's grave at Angelus-Rosedale is located in Section D (Lot 24) - directly across the road from the office.

Mable Monohan
Angelus-Rosedale is also home to the remains of Mable M. Monohan, a 62-year-old widow who was brutally murdered during a botched robbery in her Burbank home on March 9, 1953. The crime led to the arrest of Barbara Graham, Emmett Perkins, and Jack Santo and a fairly sensational trial. According to the accounts, the three had conspired with two other individuals, Baxter Shorter and John True, to rob the home of Monohan. The group believed that Monohan's son-in-law, Luther Scherer, had a safe inside the house in which he kept a large amount of cash that he had allegedly skimmed from a Las Vegas casino. Shorter was approached first by police and told them what he knew, but before arrests could be made, Shorter was kidnapped at gunpoint (allegedly by Perkins according to an identification by Shorter's wife) and disappeared. True was the first to be arrested for the crime, but quickly struck a deal for immunity in exchange for his testimony against Graham, Perkins, and Santo.

On the fateful night, Graham gained entrance to the Monohan home by telling the elderly widow that her car had broken down. According to trial testimony, after the group had ransacked the house and found no safe, Graham became enraged and began striking Monohan with her pistol. Her hands were later tied behind her back and pillowcase was placed over her head, secured by a strip of cloth tied tightly around her neck, which reportedly caused asphyxiation and stopped her heart. The would-be robbers walked away empty handed.

Graham, Perkins, and Santo were sentenced to die in the gas chamber of the San Quentin State Prison and the executions were carried out on June 3, 1955. However, the story of the crime was far from over. In 1958, a film was released by the name of I Want to Live!, which was based on letters Barbara Graham exchanged with journalist Ed Montgomery. Actress Susan Hayward portrayed Graham in the film, which was largely met with critical acclaim. Though there was ample evidence to at least suggest Graham's complicity in the crime, the film largely portrays her as innocent - a fact that caused minor controversy upon its release and has continued to raise doubts about her guilt to this day. It was remade in 1983 in a television movie of the same name with actress Lindsay Wagner in the role of Graham.

Following her murder, Monohan was laid to rest alongside her husband, George, in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. Their headstone can be located in Section M (Lot 177, Grave 3 NW) behind the Mausoleum.

Tod Browning
Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery is the final resting place for classic horror film director Tod Browning. While Browning dabbled in most of the other genres as well, it is his work in the horror genre that earned him the moniker of "The Master of the Macabre" and for which he is best known today. Of the horror films he made, his adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel Dracula (1931), starring Bela Lugosi in the title role, is easily his most recognizable work. However, Browning compiled an impressive resume in the genre and worked with some of the best-known horror stars of the day; including Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Hull, Dwight Frye, Lionel Atwill, and Edward Van Sloan.

Born as Charles A. Browning Jr. to a prominent family in Louisville, Kentucky in 1880, Browning decided to give it all up at the age of 16 and ran away to join a circus. There, he changed his name to Tod and took up a variety of jobs in the carnival life. His journey ultimately led him to New York where he met up with film director D.W. Griffith and began acting in several of Griffith's movies, ultimately moving to Los Angeles, California. Before long, he took up directing several short silent films and his career was on the rise. Following a near-fatal car accident that took the life of actor Elmer Booth, and severely injured both Browning and actor George Siegmann, Browning landed his first directing job on a feature length film with Jim Bludso (1917).

In 1919, he was teamed up with actor Lon Chaney for the silent film, The Wicked Darling (1919), which began a long collaboration between the two. Among the duo's ten films they did together was The Unholy Three (1925), which involved three circus performers who turn to a life of crime. Given the film's success, it was remade again in 1930 sans Browning and was Chaney's only talking role before succumbing to throat cancer the same year. It was also one of his first films to recall his former carnival life and a theme that would once again reappear in The Unknown (1927), with Lon Chaney and growing star, Joan Crawford. The story involves a love-triangle between an armless knife thrower (Chaney), a carnival girl (Crawford), and circus strongman (Norman Kerry) - A similar theme that would once again resurface in perhaps Browning's most controversial film, Freaks (1932). Browning and Chaney would also work the 1927 film, London After Midnight, which aside from being the first foray into the subject of vampires for Browning, is also considered one of the most sought after "lost" films after the last known print was destroyed in a MGM film vault fire in 1965.

In 1931, Browning would really hit the mark with the highly successful adaptation of Dracula; a film of which he directed, produced, and wrote (the latter of which he received no credit). Originally, the role of the count had been intended for Lon Chaney, but after his death, the producers settled on Hungarian actor, Bela Lugosi, who was already receiving rave reviews in the role on Broadway. Interestingly enough, Lugosi had already appeared in a supporting role in Browning's The Thirteenth Chair (1929). Dracula would go on to be a smash-hit and usher in the era of Universal horror movies.

Following the success of Dracula, Browning would suffer a major blow with one of his next films. Freaks (1932) was something of a pet project for Browning that recalled his days in the carnival. The story followed a love-triangle between a circus midget, a trapeze artist, and a strongman that ended with horrific results. Browning decided to cast people with actual deformities to play the role of the "freaks" in the film, rather than rely on the normal special effects and make-up. The use of people with such deformities was deemed too shocking for audiences and combined with the rather graphic mutilation scenes towards the end, the film met with instant controversy; even suffering the indignation of being banned in the United Kingdom for over 30 years. Today, the film is considered a revered cult classic, but the controversy at the time severely derailed Browning's career. He went on to make a few more films over the next couple of years (including re-teaming with Lugosi for Mark of the Vampire (1935), a remake of London After Midnight), but by 1939 his filmmaking days were over.

When his wife, Alice (who starred in films under the name Alice Wilson), passed away in 1944, Browning began to live a life of isolation. Soon after, trade newspaper Variety mistakenly printed his obituary. It is said that Browning refused to talk about his career in films with anybody and left no writings or personal reflections. In 1958, he moved into a friend's home (reportedly his veterinarian) in Brentwood where he ultimately passed away on October 6, 1962 after a battle with cancer and a recent stroke. His body was cremated and interred with the remains of his wife and her family. His marker can be found in the Mausoleum on the grounds of Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery around halfway down the east wall of the left-side corridor from the entrance.

Everett Sloane
A major part of radio history is also found at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. Actor Everett Sloane got his start in theatre, but quickly found his way onto radio dramas in the 1930s. For eight years until 1938, Sloane had a recurring role on the popular radio series, The Shadow, before joining an impressive troupe of talent in the Mercury Theatre company, founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. Despite initial sluggish ratings, the group made a splash with their October 30, 1938 radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, The War of the Worlds (in which Sloane played a role). The first two-thirds of the broadcast were presented without commercial break as a series of faux news bulletins about a Martian invasion. The program ignited a minor panic on the east coast of America and propelled the troupe into the limelight, securing a new sponsor for the program and drawing the attention of Hollywood.

Sloane made the move with Orson Wells to Hollywood and made his big-screen debut in the classic Wells film, Citizen Kane, playing Kane's business manager, Bernstein. The performance landed him a variety of future film roles, but it was in radio and television that Sloane remained the most active. During the following years, Sloane appeared in countless episodes of genre-related television shows - such as Suspense, Inner Sanctum, Lights Out, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Suspicion, Thriller, and even an episode on the first season of The Twilight Zone.

Later in life, Sloane began to suffer from a severe case of glaucoma that threatened to blind him. On August 6, 1965, Sloane reportedly took his own life at the age of 55 with an overdose of barbiturates in his Brentwood home. His body was cremated and his ashes were interred in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. They can be found in the Mausoleum on the Front North Wall facing directly to the left after entering the building.

Maria Rasputin
Even the history of Russia is preserved in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. The grounds are the final resting place for Maria G. Rasputin, who may be better known as the daughter of the "Mad Monk" - Grigori (Gregory) Rasputin - a reputed psychic, faith healer, prophet, and mystic whose influence over Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra was said to have led to his assassination and the fall of the House of Romanov.

Following her father's assassination and the Russian Revolution of 1917, Rasputin emigrated to Bucharest and later Paris, taking up such jobs as a cabaret dancer and governess. In the 1930s, Rasputin was touring the United States and Europe as a lion tamer for Ringling Brothers Circus before being mauled by a bear in Indiana. She later left the circus and went to work as a ship riveter in Miami, Florida. By 1965, she had relocated yet again to Los Angeles where she remained until her death.

During her life, Rasputin claimed to have inherited some of her father's psychic powers and authored several memoirs about her father in an effort to clear his name and shoot down various falsehoods she claimed were being published. In 1968, she met with famed Anna Anderson, who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia and the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. According to accounts, Rasputin gave her seal of approval that Anderson was the real deal, only to take it back after Anderson turned down her offer to come to Los Angeles to join the party circuit.

Rasputin died of heart failure on September 27, 1977 at the age of 79. She was buried in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Section H (Lot 189, Grave 1N). Her grave is located at the top-center of the section.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery got the big-screen treatment in the seventh entry in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series, Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The film is a return of original director Wes Craven who transports the mythology of the series into the real world. The film stars actress Heather Langenkamp who appeared as Nancy Thompson in the first film, but this time playing the role of herself in a reality where A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger is simply just a movie villain. In this new "reality," the popularity of the horror icon has unleashed a presence of pure evil that has adopted his form and is targeting Langenkamp, as it was her character that stopped him in the original film.

The cemetery appears in the funeral service scene of Langenkamp's fictional husband, Chase Porter (David Newsom). Interestingly, the character of Porter is one of the few "fictional" characters in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. In fact, this particular scene features several A Nightmare on Elm Street veterans appearing as their "real-life" selves. They include Craven, Robert Shaye (series producer), Robert Englund (who played Freddy), John Saxon (who played Nancy's father in the first film), Tuesday Knight (who played Kristen Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), Nick Corri (who played Rod Lane in the first film), as well as others.

Another interesting tidbit from this particular sequence is the fact that the scene features a minor earthquake, which is a recurring motif throughout Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Only a few days after the film's production crew simulated the earthquake in the cemetery, Los Angeles was hit by the very-real Northridge earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 that took 72 lives and caused over $20 billion dollars worth of damage. Some of the damage from the earthquake can be witnessed in later scenes in the film, as the crew eerily blended their fictional story with that of the real world.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
This cemetery also doubled as Sunnydale's cemetery in the WB/UPN television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Apparently this cemetery was primarily used in the first season, as a fake cemetery was built in the parking lot of the studio set to make life easier for the filmmakers. There is also a legend floating around that actress Sarah Michelle Gellar had a fear of cemeteries, which also precipitated the move. Still, the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery would still be used when the shots required a more elaborate setting. Other shows filmed here reportedly included the WB series Charmed, as well as the HBO series, Six Feet Under.

Living History Tour
For several years, the local West Adams Heritage Association has utilized Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery as the site of their annual Living History Tour. Each fall, the group selects a handful of personalities buried in the cemetery and resurrects their stories for an audience. A volunteer actor takes on the persona of the individual and relates their life and their story to the crowd. The event has become a popular tradition in Los Angeles and strives to keep the history of the area and the individuals alive. For more information on this event, please refer to their site below.

Internet Tour
Interestingly enough, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery has been completely mapped in the "Street View" option of Google Maps, which allows users to tour the grounds via the Internet. Those interested can simply go to the top of this page and select the "Jump to Street View" option in the balloon on the map. From there, they can take a "virtual drive" on the roads inside the cemetery grounds and see it from an entirely different perspective.

The Cemetery Today
Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery is open to the public and welcomes guests that are interested in the stories of the people buried inside. The office has maps of the grounds (though not maps to specific personalities) available and will, depending on how busy they are, take time to look up other names that might be of interest. Visitors should be prepared to provide the full name and the year of death of the individuals they are interested in. The cemetery is typically open from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily.
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West Adams Heritage Association
The official Web site of the West Adams Heritage Association who hold annual "Living History Tours" at the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Find A Grave: Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Films
A site dedicated to the popular horror series, A Nightmare on Elm Street, that covers the various different mediums that the film has inspired, as well as offers comprehensive coverage of the entire series.
Buffyverse Wiki: Filming Locations
An entry on the Buffyverse Wiki for filming locations associated with the television series as well as the 1992 motion picture.
Wikipedia: Lousie Peete
Wikipedia entry for murderess, Louise Peete.
Wikipedia: Tod Browning
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Laid to Rest in California: A Guide to the Cemeteries and Grave Sites of the Rich and Famous
Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of the Famous, Infamous, and Noteworthy
History of the Donner Party
The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)
A Magician's Tour, Up and Down and Round About the Earth
Kellar's wizard's manual: A practical treatise on ventriloquism and hypnotism according to Prof. E. H. Eldridge and other well-known professors : sl[e]ight-of-hand ... nations (Old Sleuth's own series
The Mammoth Book of Women Who Kill
Hellcats, Vixens, & Vicedolls: Women, Crime, and Kink of the Fifties
Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood
I Want to Live!
American Murder: Criminals, Crimes and the Media
Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning
The Films of Tod Browning
TCM Archives - The Lon Chaney Collection (The Ace of Hearts / Laugh, Clown, Laugh / The Unknown)
Dracula (75th Anniversary Edition) (Universal Legacy Series)
Mark of the Vampire (1935)
The War Of The Worlds - The Original 1938 Broadcast Starring Orson Welles
Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)
My father,
Rasputin's Daughter
Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Collector's Set (40 discs)
Bite Me!: The Chosen Edition The Unofficial Guide to Buffy The Vampire Slayer ( Seven Seasons One Book)
Six Feet Under - The Complete Series (Seasons 1-5)
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Statue in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery
Photo of one of the many statues in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles - January 2009.
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Tod Browning's Niche at Angelus-Rosedale
Photo of Tod Browning's tomb in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, California - January 2009
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The Tomb of George Shatto
Photo of the tomb of George Shatto in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA - January 2009.
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The Tomb of Everett Sloane at Angelus-Rosedale
Photo of the tomb of actor Everett Sloane in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery - January 2009.
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