To Be Shut Down by a Congressman in Three, Two…


Jared Klaus of the Cleveland Scene has clicked onto a site that, miraculously, takes MySpace and makes it even less palatable to parents.

As many as 20,000 people a day log on to listen to the deceased's favorite songs, read their last and most personal thoughts, look through their photo albums—the snapshots of their lives minutes before the crash, the gunshot, the overdose.

The site was started last year by a bored San Francisco office gopher who read a story about a man who strangled his two daughters to death. He searched their names on MySpace and found the girls' profiles. From then on, 25-year-old Mike Patterson trolled for dead people every day.

He parlayed his fascination into a business—creating a virtual map of the United States, where you can click on one of a thousand little black skulls that links to the person's MySpace page and an article ripped from somewhere about how they died. "One death or suicide an hour," the site promised.

Surprisingly there's no record of any controversy yet about MyDeathSpace (or as I prefer to think of it, I'm guessing once those First Hundred Hours are up, that'll change.