a reply to: GoShredAK
Its so strange that I happened upon this thread today.
TODAY I saw a dead body (outside of a funeral home) for the first time in the entirety of my life. I had stepped out of my construction site for a
moment to get away from the noise to make a phone call and noticed a park ranger standing next to her SUV with the lights flashing and a single line
of "caution" tape stretched between a few trees. My assumption was that a light pole had shorted our or the electrical panel that I knew was right
there had some issues. What I didn't realize was that I happened to walk over there RIGHT AFTER she discovered a body partially submerged in the low
tide mud of the river and BEFORE the police and ambulances arrived.
It took my mind a few moments to comprehend what I saw. It's as if, maybe as a defensive mechanism, my brain tried to convince itself that I was
looking at a log or some flotsam/jetsam. Once I realized what I was seeing I sort of froze for a moment. The strange part is I didn't really have
any emotional response at first. I was essentially in disbelief (I think). I stood there, staring, for what I guess is 30 seconds before I walked
away but the image was burned into my brain. In my brain I knew what I was looking at but in my mind I kept expecting this guy to move and get up and
As I started to think about it a few thoughts came to me.
1) Who IS this guy? How did he end up here?
2) Somewhere, is somebody looking for him? Is there a wife worried that her husband didn't come home last night? Is there a kid somewhere waiting
for daddy? (I checked the news a few hours ago and turns out its the worst case... single dad and now his little kid has no parent anymore).
3) Laugh or poke fun if you want, but my next thought was "Damn I'm glad I keep my life insurance payments up to date!"
4) Off and on the rest of the day I would think about that person lying there, face down in the muck. Even though the "spirit" was long gone from the
body, I was so disturbed seeing a person lying there like that. I don't know why but the position of the body and the sneakers bothered me. It
wasn't like in the movies where the body is all contorted. It was in a position that (if it were cleaned up and put on a couch) you would think is
just someone that fell asleep after eating too much Taco Bell.
Note: After a while I did go back and took a photo with my work issued phone because on the business side of things, even though this didn't happen on
my site I've learned that you never know what happens down the line. I will admit I have looked at the photo twice since this morning and I'm not
sure why. (I thought about posting the picture but A) I never bothered to learn how to post a pic here and B) I'm not sure if that will get me booted
from this site.
Note 2: I'm not in law enforcement and I know it takes time to assemble the proper crew and to get the right investigators there but it took quite a
while before the body was removed from the river. I remember thinking that the tide may come back in before they move this guy.
Note 3: In general I'm a supporter of Law Enforcement and I do acknowledge that most of the guys that showed up have seen this and worse a MILLION
times before so they have to be desensitized by it all.... but I found it odd, hearing them talk on the other side of my temporary construction
fence... about this/that/the other thing and joke around while that dead guy was there in the mud. Again, they do this EVERY day and at no point did
they make jokes about the body. I just found it one extra layer of the Odd-Cake that was this whole experience.
Edit to Add: To answer your actual question... I tend to avoid pictures of death because I worry about it enough already for myself and for my loved
edit on 13-4-2016 by eluryh22 because: (no reason given)