We talked to the people behind headlines like "I Breastfeed My Dad," "Lover Paid Thugs £50 to Burn Me Alive," and "SOS! Psycho in Our Flowerbed!"
The cult of Santa Muerte is growing in popularity among Canadians and Americans, despite its gruesome associations—or maybe because of them.
Studies have found that considering atheism leads many to thoughts of death—even when those people are atheists themselves.
My dad's sudden passing didn't stop me from wanting to eat, go out, get drunk, or go boxing. It didn't stop me from wanting to fuck, either.
Headstones today are as boring and lifeless as the bodies that lie beneath. But in the past, headstones were a way to show the person's personality with quotes, miniature sculptures, and elaborate artwork.
Dave reminisces about the 2010s with some meddling teenage tourists of the underworld.
In 2012, James Holmes opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, killing 12 people. But does he deserve to die?
Claire and Rupert Callender are breaking all kinds of taboos by asking funeral attendees to carry the coffin, talk about the manner of death, and reflect on their loved ones openly and honestly.
Death in Alaska is complicated, but this guy seems to have it figured out.
The sexy sendoffs are popular in rural parts of the country, where a good turnout at a funeral is seen as a sign of good fortune.
Laws for governing the treatment of dead bodies are murky at best and contradictory at worst, since it's more of an ethical question whether corpses should be treated like people or property.
Sam the Orangutan from Dunston Checks In? He's dead. And the Taco Bell chihuahua? Also dead.
I died on August 19, 2011, near my house in Mesa, Arizona. I was fully engulfed by blackness. That's all there was. I was not in my body, I was not with my body, I was not part of my body, but for a while I was still somehow aware of it all.
The band's new album is a beautiful, melancholic record.
An in-depth look at the situation playing out in the Mediterranean.
Passing a blunt doesn't mean what you think it does, and you should be worried if a nurse talks to you about "pillow therapy."
There's nothing glamorous about throwing it all away too early.
"The gun changes people. When a man has a gun in his hand, he becomes somebody different—the entire power mechanism is changed."
Mercenaries have been a trademark of American foreign policy since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but at least four of those guys are paying a price for treating Iraqis like something other than fellow humans.
After a large-scale disaster, one of the priorities is to identify the corpses, a task that often falls to a disaster-victim-identification expert.
Proto-punk band Death were so ahead of the curve, it's taken us 40 years to recognize their brilliance.
We all know deep down that we just rot. And that's fine. We need to get over it and talk about how we take care of those in the process of dying.
Photographer Yani Clarke spent a month documenting life and death at Nepal's Pashupatinath Temple, where more than 40 bodies are incinerated every day.
Paul Koudounaris's latest book, Memento Mori, takes readers on a tour of death customs around the world. We talked to him about decorating skulls, burying bodies, and celebrating the dead in different cultures.