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A Town More Dead Than Alive LA Times

A Town More Dead Than Alive

COLMA, Calif. - Tina Turner's dead dog, wrapped in one of the singer's fur coats, is among the million or so human and animal souls resting eternally in the 15 1/2 cemeteries of this tiny town. So is newspaperman William Randolph Hearst, locked inside an expensive, unmarked tomb with a half-empty bottle of Evian. Nearby are dead clowns, Alcatraz inmates, a potato-chip king and lawman Wyatt Earp. Finding a resident who's alive is a little trickier. In Colma, depending on who does the counting, the deceased outnumber the living 1,000, 2,000 or maybe 3,000 to 1. It's the modern equivalent of an Egyptian necropolis.

Nov. 11, 1993 Go to Article