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“Location, location, location!” – the holy trinity of home buying. When real-estate tycoon Harold Samuel hijacked the phrase in 1944, he was talking about purchasing property. But for Samuel, location merely meant increased value and money. He, unfortunately, overlooked a core concept: Location is fixed…location is forever.
Decades after a building is demolished, brick dust can still be found mixed within the dirt. The structure may be gone and so too the people who lived inside, but what happened there will dwell indefinitely. Location has the incomparable ability to house infinite layers of history, and that’s why it’s so important to us at Morbid Tourism.
Dr. Philip Stone says, “Dark tourism doesn't need dark tourists. It just needs people who are interested in learning about this life and this world." At Morbid Tourism, that is why we do it. Articles, podcasts, and pictures, though so very valuable, can’t possibly foster the same connection as location. If understanding this life and this world is the goal, then location is the conduit.
At Morbid Tourism, we honor and remember the victims of these horrible happenings (and their loved ones) by standing where they once stood, touching what they once touched, and trying — even if only in the abstract — to feel what they felt in those final moments. Location – and location alone – makes this possible.
We encourage our readers, listeners, and followers to avoid fetishizing these important places. Instead, join us as we pay tribute through tourism.
Morbid Tourism was created by a long time true crime fan who had an experience with crime at an early age.
"In November of 2000, 12 year old Courtney Sconce was abducted, raped, and strangled. Her body was left on a river bank and was found just before nightfall. A memorial for Courtney popped up on the corner where she was last seen, known lovingly as Courtney's Corner.
I didn't know Courtney personally, but she was close with one of my best friends who attended the same school as Courtney. I was 11 years old at the time, and this was my first encounter with true evil. I remember visiting Courtney's Corner often, leaving flowers, notes, and offering support for my friends who knew her.
I think about that corner a lot. Although I no longer live in Rancho Cordova, whenever I'm in town I make an effort to drive by Courtney's Corner. Usually there's still a candle or ribbon left by someone who still remembers what happened, but the piles of teddy bears have long since vanished. It makes me wonder, do people remember what happened here? People who moved into the neighborhood long after the news stories stopped airing, do they know about Courtney? Do they know she was taken too soon at this corner that they drive by every day? They should - Courtney deserves to be remembered and people should know about her corner.
I made this site in an effort to share the stories of other people like Courtney. Evil things have happened all around us, and we should know their stories."
-Jewls Krueger, Creator of Morbid Tourism
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