"The morgue is not really a space for political correctness."
I spoke to Forensic Pathologist Dr. Eva Schemer, who told me that her job is just as gross as 'CSI' makes it out to be.
Four incidents in one week highlight just how hard it is to maintain the air of dignity we insist on from our corpse-mobiles.
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.
Bodies turned up in weird places, people had complicated feelings about suicide, and the circumstances of our eventual deaths became disturbingly clear.
I participated in 7,000 forensic autopsies during my 30-year career.
'American death is a really recent invention'.
Hanging with the Indonesian tribes who give corpses fresh new outfits.
Containers are helpfully adorned with labels like "Rental Skulls" and "Child Bones".
The kids are getting stoned off this tree's blood these days.
Soldiers have been pissing on corpses since time immemorial.
10,000 Filipino families live in this massive graveyard in Manila. I recently spent five days walking among its residents taking photos and hearing stories of struggle and survival.