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Corrupt Bodies: Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue

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Must-read memoir of managing a morgue, dealing with death and murder to chaos, corruption and organised crime.

In 1985, Peter Everett landed the job as Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary. In just six years he'd gone from lowly assistant to running the UK's busiest murder morgue. He couldn't believe his luck.

What he didn't know was that Southwark, operating in
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Icon Books
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Corrupt Bodies is a fascinating memoir of Peter Everett’s time as Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary, one of the UK’s busiest morgue’s, during the 1980’s.

Peter had always been fascinated by death but he was in his early thirties before landing a job as an intern at a hospital mortuary. Just six years later he was both honoured, and surprised, to be offered the position at Southwark but within days of his appointment he understood why the role had been so difficult to staff.

It wasn’t just that
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Lee
This book is simply excellent. A true story of ones mans daily life with death, murder, suicide and so much more.

I was appalled when listening to the corruption within the system which involved police officers, funeral directors in fact right the way down to mortuary attendants. Stealing from the dead re-using coffins..absolutely appalling. Peter Everett took on this corruption and managed to get convictions.

I’m in my late, late cough*fifties*cough but if I were young again I may have considered
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Jo
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everett was made superintendent of Southwark Mortuary at a time when corruption was rife and the staff made extra money by stealing from the dead or selling on their organs. His actions to wipe this out brought about great reform around the country and corruption in the UK is rare these days. In his memoir he talks about how he got into this line of work, how he improved the situation in mortuaries and the people/cases he dealt with. Truly fascinating story and well worth a read.
Sarah
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved ir! Peter writes about his time in Southwark Mortuary in the 80's along with the corruption, deaths, murders, the struggles and what it did to his life. Enough details about some of the awful deaths he came across without going into gory details. An easy, interesting and quick read.
Lara Anderson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ripping read. Fascinating. Surprisingly contains many gems on living a good life!
Janine
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very interesting, I really enjoyed this.
Taz
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating
DaveRed
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant book , such an eye opener . Found it hard to put down .
Melanie
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir of corruption in the mortuaries of the 1980's is impulsive reading and also very disturbing.
It was extremely well written and so horrifying you have to check it is not fiction.
I was not aware of the details of this story and its horrifying to consider it happened.
Thank you to the author for sharing his tales of a very difficult time in his life and his positive outlook and respect for care of the dead.
I recommend this to everyone.
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