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Lisa, I love your blog! I follow you on Twitter, and I first heard of you @ michaeljackson.com. You blog is interesting, informative and not morbid. I think you honor the people you feature.


Do you know anything else about Mark's mom, Dodie Levy-Fraser? By my calculations Mark was about 8 years younger than Mike and it may be that they were more best friends or brothers in spririt, than father and son. Could be why Michael married his mother, rather than being in love with Mark, Michael may have wanted Mark looked after. I'll note that Michael Landon and Dodie divorced when Mark was about to turn 18 by the 1945 birthdate.

All I've been able to find out online, though not substantiated, is that she may have been six years older than Michale Landon, which means that she was 14 when Mark was born and could be the reason why all reports up to this time showed Mark as being born in 1949 instead of 1945.

I had wondered if Mark was interred near Mike, but never found the time to go to Hillside to see for myself. Back in September, I had a couple of friends visit Mike's grave, but they had told me that they didn't see any other markers in the room. Obviously from your report, his crypt was unmarked until recently. Thank you for the information Lisa. =) PS - I love your blog.

great piece, Lisa
I think your site is a blast.
thanks for the info-tainment

I knew Mark, he was a friend. We lost touch, and I was talking about him the other night with somone, and if he had seen him recently because I hadn't seen him in years, to which he stated that Mark had died..........I was pretty shocked. I really liked Mark. He was really kind and had a gentle voice and a lovely "strangeness". The last time I saw him, he took me out for sushi. I remember he was totally stoked about this particular night cuz he said his dad had given him, as a birthday present, enough money to enjoy sushi for dinner every day for a year. Mark LOVED sushi.

I will miss his charming smile and mystical mystery.
RIP sweet angel, I only wish that I had the chance to see you just one more time.

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By Lisa Burks

  • Exploring History From The Ground Up!

    I enjoy spending time exploring cemeteries, reading and photographing headstones of celebrities and civilians alike, and learning about the lives and deaths of these so-called "permanent residents" of the graveyards and mausoleums. This blog chronicles those experiences.


    I am a proud member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits!

    May 2, 2009

    In addition to this blog, some of my older material is archived at Buried Treasures at LisaBurks.com

    One of the cemeteries I'm most interested in these days is Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. I wrote about its legal problems for the LA Daily News' community hub, ValleyNews.com from August 2006 to December 2008, when Valley News ceased operations. In response to reader requests to have one central source of information, I created and continue to maintain Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info.

    "We've gotten a front-row seat to all the twists and turns taking place at the beleaguered cemetery, Grand View Memorial Park, from an intrepid citizen journalist named Lisa Burks." ~ Jason Kandel, ValleyNews.com Editor, 12/28/2006