If your loved one is murdered, do the police really make you identify the body?
June 26, 2009 10:43 AM Subscribe
After a murder or sudden death, do the deceased's family members really have to go down to the morgue to "identify the body" or is this just a dramatic construct of movies and television?
posted by hamsterdam to Society & Culture (25 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This seems like a really traumatic thing to put family members through after a sudden death. Couldn't the police confirm identity in other ways? Yet every episode of Law & Order seems to suggest otherwise.
If this really does happen, is the typical TV depiction correct, ie. they go down to the morgue, lift up a sheet, someone goes "that's her" and then they put down the sheet and walk out of the room? What purpose does this serve?
I guess there must be some truth to it, but wondering about the when, where, why, what, how, etc.