By posting disturbingly detailed images of the decaying corpses, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Officer has been scrutinized for its insensitivity. The website lists descriptive features – some accompanied by photos – of unclaimed bodies found as far back as September 2009.
One photo accompanies a description of a 60-year-old Asian female who was found dead on May 2011. Another photo shows the corpse of a gray-haired old man who has been dead since November 2010. The unidentified bodies are preserved in coolers, waiting to be claimed by friends or family who might stumble upon the website.
Together with hundreds of other corpses, they are stacked in containers – as many as 500 of them in a cooler designed for 300, a source familiar with the office told the Chicago Sun-Times.