Accidents, sirens, and ghouls

Posted: June 3, 2010 in Psychology, Society
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A pickup truck lay in the northbound lanes, its windshield shattered. A short distance away was 50-year-old Ferdinand Ramirez Villaneuva, whose head had landed about a dozen feet from his body. Even for veteran police officers, seeing a dismemberment up close is unusual – so unusual that one officer snapped a grisly photo of the mutilated body with his camera phone and sent it to someone. It’s unclear how many others saw the photo, but eventually it traveled to people who have no connection to the accident, or to the man who died. I think it’s pretty sick to take pictures of crime scenes when it’s not part of your job,” Ramsey said. “It’s ghoulish. And I can’t figure out why you would want to remember some of that stuff. It’s bad enough that you have to see it in the first place.” Read rest of this article here.

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