Los Angeles County Coroner Building, originally uploaded by Kevitivity.
Anyone who dies in L.A. County of trauma or what may be unnatural causes end’s up here, at the Coroner. For natural deaths, accidents and suicides, a full-body photo is taken on arrival. Remains are weighed, measured and undressed. Fingerprints are taken. Clothing is wrapped in brown paper and tied. Remains are placed in refrigerated storage pending exams and release to a mortuary. Identity and cause of death are confirmed. (info taken from LA Times: articles.latimes.com/2006/aug/17/local/me-b2coroner17)
Think of all the famous stiffs that have rolled through the halls of this joint… (The Black Dahlia, Bugsy Siegel, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Kennedy, Janis Joplin, Nicole Brown Simpson, Michael Jackson, to name a few) The building currently registers about 200 bodies a day – and 20 autopsies per day.