Alameda County Coroner's BureauBy Staff, September 25, 2002 01:34 AM
The Times visits the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau in Oakland to tour the facilities and hear a talk by Deputy Coroner Lt. David Hoig and Assistant Sheriff Robert Maginnis about the Bureau's role in the community. Here are two reports:
By Christin Ayers
OAKLAND -- With its muted colors and cozy chairs, the lobby of the Coroner's Office on Washington Street in downtown Oakland is as unassuming as the waiting room of a doctor's office. It is hard to imagine that just one floor below the office of the bubbly front desk receptionist lay the pulverized bodies of Oakland's latest homicide victims.
By Simon Kinsella
OAKLAND -- Since Assistant Sheriff Robert J.P. Maginnis took a position at the Alameda County Coroner's Office, he has probably seen more gruesome imagery than he would like: Dismemberments, decapitations and general carnage are all a part of his daily routine. He also examined corpses literally squashed flat by falling debris during 1989's Loma Prieta Earthquake.