Mike Dorsey, Hollywood, Scott Michaels discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
For Scott Michaels serving as the inspiration for the eternal darkness tour on season one of the American horror story it was a historical consultant for Quentin Tarantino for once upon a time in Hollywood he is an icon in the world of Hollywood death in nineteen ninety four he held LA's infamous grave line towards driving tour surround Hollywood in a funeral hers I may have seen him he also launched is popular celebrity website find a death dot com which chronicles the last days of celebrities lives in two thousand five he launched his own Hollywood tour company dearly departed towards which quickly became the authoritative celebrity deaths source and is the founder of the dearly departed podcast with co host Mike Dorsey first of all let's say hi to Scott Scott welcome to the program thank you George what an intro thank you so much for having I'm looking forward to this let me bring Mike and Mike Dorsey is an award winning documentary filmmaker editor television producer he's been a frequent collaborator with dearly departed podcast told Scott Michaels for more than a decade Mike made the two thousand fifteen crime documentary murder rap inside the Biggie and Tupac murders which solves the murders of Biggie and two pac most recently he was the producer and editor of the paranormal documentary demon house starring Zak Bagans from ghost adventures and with Scott Michaels might produce the Manson family documentary the six degrees of helter skelter which buzzfeed readers named the fourth scariest documentary ever here's Mike Dorsey Hey Michael hello thank you looking forward to this to win the. did the. Biggie and Tupac some keep saying that to park is still alive do you keep hearing that story all the time it's mainly just in the tabloids that are looking for clicks. it is pretty irrefutable that he he died yeah I think so too trad tragedy in Las Vegas sure he's an iconic figure any of them you know very passionate fan base so you know kind of like with Elvis people don't want to let go and let him go so I get I get what people want to believe he's still alive so both your bikes will be open so feel free to jump in at any time but Scott what got you to start the dearly departed podcast. well with Mike and I have been have been friends collaborators as you said for about ten years and and sort of you know everyone else was doing and we have some great stories that haven't been hold our own sort of slant on Hollywood is really never been touched upon and we we just figured well we'll give it a shot and people seem to respond to and we we enjoy it actually it's a lot of fun how often do you do in the show. currently you. nothing to replace probably we we put together but one every every about two weeks is how we we launch but one new one every couple of weeks. we want to hear it how did they find it. it is on making the dearly departed pod dot com and then take a look at dearly departed podcast on iTunes Spotify get your mind you can find us on Facebook okay let's have you guys get more shows to our producer Tom we'll see what we can do for you on the I heart radio broadcasting that be great that would be terrific thank you George agree topic indeed the Hollywood is is a great place for the strange and unusual deaths and use guided you Mike you're right in the middle of all of it aren't you. right in the thick of it yet yeah it's sort of embrace it a lot of people run from the subject but that's sort of what we run to and and yeah it's it's it's the go to story for me I love I love the Hollywood that Scott did you find when you started the dearly departed tours that there was a great. audience for this well there's certainly a cul de audience to it you know we've all sort of what's funny when I started doing this tour started doing this business it was back when you know people were buying their true crime magazines and sort of talking them in the back of their grocery Texas known would see and and now you know there are twenty four hour cable networks devoted strictly to the subject matter so people will come out of the closet so to speak you know and and and I was sort of at the I was at the forefront of that most definitely and and and people of sort of well now the mainstream is jumped online bandwagon you know this it's it's become very common place now I was just given the address of Marilyn Monroe's house that she was in when she died I don't even know if it's still around but you don't you think about that it was in Brentwood somewhere five this Selena Dr sure it's still there it's still there yeah do these days is it Yuri when you drive by these places and just kind of stare at the house let me tell you why I go to Denver every month to do are beyond belief television show and in boulder of course that's where Jon Benet Ramsey the poor little girl was killed and the driver said look you know be before I get you to the TV studio we're going right by the Jon Benet Ramsey house I want to show it to you and I'm thinking now my god do I want to see the house and he said that he said look you're in the news business you need to see this and the images says I I'm gonna ask you a question afterwards I said okay let my driver and he drives me up by the house and I look at it in you get the weirdest sensation looking at that house visualizing and trying to picture the tragedy that happened years before the people get that feeling when you take them on tours and they look at these places. well I tried to encourage that feeling actually because that's what that's what put it would say a human spin on that when you're looking at that house the the Ramsey have ocean in boulder you you're trying to think of the imagine that things but those walls echoed you know the things that that that that that home sort of contains and it's been a fascination for so many people for so long so for instance on my tour with were passing the Janis Joplin hotel we're you know we're she passed away I can point out a room and people sort of you know are fascinated with that but if you had in that human aspect of playing her music and then looking at that room that's the emotional impact that's the part that I really that's what I go for because it breaks it makes these people into real. stories of real humans not just you know record albums are photographs is the you could realize the history that happened right there are these places haunted. well I would say some of them are most definitely I think so I think that there's some things some people just aren't ready to move on and I do believe that some of these people to hang around yeah definitely interesting in Mike when you I have worked on the documentary and of a lot of this of course. he has have you found it to be strange and unusual on some of these cases. yeah I am I grew up in a law enforcement family so I kind of grew up hearing about stories about the strange and unusual sure people do to each other but I yeah for me a lot of times a lot better than late at night and so what if one or two o'clock in the morning and if you're in a dark room in the city of the sleep and I'm editing something like demon house yourself out in a way yes there you know you start thinking that you're hearing things are seen things out of the corner of your eyes so yeah you can get when your cut in this world for a long time ago and I can get you a little bit with your documentary about the Manson family with the six degrees of helter skelter what made it one of the fourth most scariest documentaries according to buzzfeed readers well we took audiences to the locations where things happened aha and it's interesting we didn't really focus on the killer so much because they've been you know idolized in a wave height by society and kind of held up as you know a lot of the focus is always on them so we focus more on the victims and where the victim lived in all when we could I think with the forty different locations tied to the to the crimes and I think that he was once we got into we set it up and then once you get into the murders you're you're kind of prime for it and we had video footage from inside the house and feel dry before was torn down that we use with crime scene photos and everything in a really it put you there and we had you know some of the Manson recordings music recordings that they had we got permission to use so I think it is but it's the real horror of it it's like war film but it actually happened right we tried we tried to to stay away from the how could this have happened the you know the homecoming princess turned murderer we do we do really didn't do any of that stuff we were very victim oriented and it was more like this is where it happened and this is exactly what happened as opposed to you know the theoretical stuff and that actually the horror of of the real incident is is is horrifying enough without adding in all that other other other business because we are very we know we focus on the victims of what they went through as opposed to you know the killers lives couple years ago I play the recording of Charlie Mansons original audition tape of musical audition tape that he gave to the beach boys hoping that he was going to become. well one of them and they of course rejected him and would there be the beach boys original of founder an agent to rush Regan who's not with us anymore. a copy of the tape the let us play in and listen to we could not keep it up but it was it was strange fearing Charlie Manson do what he did that but after they rejected him he flipped out and look what happened right yeah that's certainly certainly added to the things that were going on in his head at that time we mentioned the thing about him you it wasn't terrible he wasn't a bad musician he wasn't a bad song ready wasn't terrific either but you know he was as good as he was not good and and just so I can I can understand how he had some. you know we had some attache back then he could he could have done okay there are a lot of people that were worse than him they got record deals and and yeah him by by him being sort of shown by the beach boys let that that did not set well with them certainly. let's talk about some of the favorite LA based murders and why they're so popular still at this point of course we got to start with Sir Sharon Tate us a tragedy no doubt but that's way up on the list isn't that's my go to story I mean that that has been my obsession for decades I a I just find that.