No Carole Lombard Death Scene Photos Here!

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One of the oddest experiences in running the L.A. Daily Mirror is to see how many people stumble in while searching for “snuff” pictures of Carole Lombard, who died in a 1942 plane crash. Not a day goes by that I don’t get searches for “carole lombard death photos” or something similar.  I have never seen any of these pictures, I don’t know if they exist and if they do, I absolutely would NOT run them. People who surf the Net looking for morgue pictures or body shots — whether it’s Lombard or Elizabeth Short or anybody else — should get a life.

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I work at the Los Angeles Times
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7 Responses to No Carole Lombard Death Scene Photos Here!

  1. Eve says:

    I remember someone on eBay selling “Carole Lombard Plane Wreckage!” a few years ago, and I think there is still a creepy YouTube video tour of the site of the crash, with much wreckage still in place (I mean, really, how and why would they remove it?).

  2. Zabadu says:

    Considering that all that was identifiable was a ring, you’d most likely only be looking at a charred corpse, if that. There apparently is a site where you can view dead bodies. I don’t understand the attraction, but then the internet is full of crap anyway.

  3. Sam Flowers says:

    Yesterday’s news said someone was selling on line Dorner death photos. Shows you that there is a morbid tendency in some people.

  4. Jo Anne says:

    Thank you so much for not dealing in the sickness anyone who would want to see a person so full of life like that is not mentally stable to me! Even though she died before I was born and I did not discover her until I was a teen she feels alive now when you see her films or read books about her.

  5. Stacia says:

    A few years ago, a classic film blog I went to mentioned a controversy about the crash. They didn’t provide links, but in looking it up I found references to someone once claiming they found Carole’s wedding ring, the one Gable spent so much time trying to find. The person claiming this was appropriately scolded, and I assume it was a hoax anyway.

  6. vp19 says:

    I’ve run very little on the crash in my 5 1/2 years running “Carole & Co.” (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/), and I certainly would not run any picture of her dead. At my site, we prefer to focus on how Lombard lived.

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