Chicago to Post Photos of Mystery Stiffs Online
Cook County aims to give closure to victims, even if it's not pretty
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 7, 2013 12:41 PM CST
Soon, Cook County will be posting much more graphic images of dead bodies online.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If your loved one died in a grisly way, finding a grisly photo of them online might not be your favorite way of finding out, but the Cook County medical examiner's office is betting it's better than nothing. The county, which includes Chicago, has begun posting photos of unclaimed bodies online, FOX 32 reports. All potentially identifying photos—including, for example, shots of tattoos—will be posted.

Posting such potentially graphic images has generated some controversy, but the medical examiner feels it's worth it. "We're hoping that that photo can trigger somebody's memory, that you know, that person grew up down the street from me, or that person used to live nearby and I know where their mom is," the examiner said. Any discomfort "that people may feel looking at some of the images, it's worth it to reunite some families."

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Mar 11, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
Are Chicago liberals really too lazy to even bother to pick up their loved ones? or Too Cheap! Chicago must be one huge cesspool, this had to be coming, Next up, set the corpses outside and hope someone will pick them up!
Mar 7, 2013 3:21 PM CST
Hey I know those feet, they look like Uncle Bills feet, someone call Uncle Bill and tell him we found his feet.
Mar 7, 2013 2:26 PM CST
In such event I think I would be glad enough to get the info and solve the mystery of the disappearance that some of the niceities would not be too important,,,