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February 25, 1994 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"What are you afraid of?" a reporter shouted. In a basement room, not far from a gathering throng of pathologists, paramedics, fire crews and hazardous-materials specialists, Chief Deputy Coroner Dan Cupido answered without hesitation: "The unknown . . . the fear of the unknown." Late on Thursday night, doctors cloaked in heavy-duty safety suits--in a building sealed off by police tape--began to perform the most extraordinary autopsy ever conducted in Riverside County or perhaps anywhere else.
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August 13, 1997 | DIANA MARCUM and STEPHANIE SIMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Awful and unmistakable, it was the smell of death. Not just the smell of morgues, the tang of formaldehyde and chemical cleaners. This was the stench of decomposing flesh. Of corpses awaiting autopsies in a stuffy, overheated room. The smell dominated the Riverside County coroner's office for years. It nauseated employees. It disgusted visitors. Then this summer, the air conditioning broke and the smell got even worse.
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August 13, 1997 | DIANA MARCUM and STEPHANIE SIMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Awful and unmistakable, it was the smell of death. Not just the smell of morgues, the tang of formaldehyde and chemical cleaners. This was the stench of decomposing flesh. Of corpses awaiting autopsies in a stuffy, overheated room. The smell dominated the Riverside County coroner's office for years. It nauseated employees. It disgusted visitors. Then this summer, the air conditioning broke and the smell got even worse.
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February 25, 1994 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"What are you afraid of?" a reporter shouted. In a basement room, not far from a gathering throng of pathologists, paramedics, fire crews and hazardous-materials specialists, Chief Deputy Coroner Dan Cupido answered without hesitation: "The unknown . . . the fear of the unknown." Late on Thursday night, doctors cloaked in heavy-duty safety suits--in a building sealed off by police tape--began to perform the most extraordinary autopsy ever conducted in Riverside County or perhaps anywhere else.
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