A site that collects obituaries, often of young people, and links to their social-network profiles is gaining traction, the AP reports. MyDeathSpace.com lists more than 2,700 deaths and receives more than 100,000 hits daily. "This site does kind of let you look into the heart of darkness," one professor says.
MyDeathSpace isn't affiliated with popular MySpace.com, but its creator often finds links to the deceased there. "I'd come across these stories where teens would be ending up dead," says Mike Patterson, who created the site in 2005. "And more often than not, when I looked them up on MySpace, they had profiles."