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Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Death

JD Healy and Cathee Shultz with their pet iguana

The madness of Halloween is here, and across L.A. mazes and haunted houses are screaming for your dollar. For JD Healy and Cathee Shultz, though, it’s just another day at the office.

The couple’s Museum of Death, located just off the main tourist drag at Hollywood and Gower, regularly has customers fainting over what they see — though Healy is quick to point out that it’s for a different reason than most gore-heavy attractions: “We’re not about horror; we’re about death. If I wanted to scare people, believe me, I could, but that’s not our main goal. We’re holding a mirror up to society, and we want to educate people about death — for you to scare yourself.”

Initially located in San Diego, the museum grew unexpectedly out of Healy’s conceptual project about breakfast cereal, and how consumerism manipulates

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