Grim Economic Indicator: A Pile-Up in the Morgue

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Detroit has been hard hit in this recession. As we continue to look at economic indicators, Charlie LeDuff, reporter with the Detroit News, and Dr. Carl Schmidt, the Wayne County medical examiner, join us to tell of a sad side effect of the weak economy: families unable to afford funerals.

"People are ashamed to come to the office and tell us they can't afford to arrange a funeral.... And if someone tells us to please wait while they get their affairs in order, then we have to respect their wishes."
—Dr. Carl Schmidt, Wayne County Medical Examiner, about bodies piling up in the city morgue


Charlie LeDuff and Dr. Carl Schmidt

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