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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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