FEMA blocks dead body examination in NOLA? See "Larry King Live" on Wednesday for answers

by Last Night in Little Rock

Word on the street in Little Rock is that its intrepid and indefatigable coroner with a heart of gold, Mark Malcolm, who this writer knows personally as a stand up guy, will be on Larry King Live tomorrow on CNN, 9 pm, 12 am, 3 am ET, telling about his trip to New Orleans as a volunteer to cope with the dead bodies, and FEMA would not allow them to deal with any of the dead without signing off on it, and FEMA would never sign off. He apparently gave up in frustration, and he is going on Larry King Live to tell his story about his experience with the Federal Emergency Mismanagement Agency. See Katrina Dead to be Warehoused in Former Leper Town, below.

(Keep in mind that this is third hand information but from what I consider reliable sources or it wouldn't be up here.)

No confirmation on Larry King Live tonight, other than they have "many guests" tomorrow. King will often have unnamed guests. Tonight was no exception. Dr. Phil was the only advertized guest on CNN's website for tonight.

Malcolm went to Southeast Asia on his own dime to aid in recovery and identification of the dead after the December 26th tsunami, and he stayed three weeks. See "Tidal-wave recovery left mark on coroner," Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Feb. 20, 2005) (not a free link available). (Google his name and see all the articles about him if you care.)

I assumed he would also go to New Orleans, since it is only a little over 400 miles from here. He's that kind of guy, and I'm proud to know him.


AOL has a CNN video about the St. Gabriel Morgue using refrigerated trucks. "CNN's Christiane Amanpour went to one community chosen to house a makeshift morgue for Katrina's victims." She's best known as a war correspondent, but she's their best known international correspondent.

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    Re: FEMA blocks dead body examination in NOLA? See (none / 0) (#1)
    by yudel on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:23 PM EST
    Speaking of unconfirmable... I heard tell that Bush really wanted to respond immediately last week, even before the storm hit. There was only one reason he didn't, and that was because he was undertaking a great act of kindness for a friend. See, Rehnquist, on his deathbed, had whispered to Bush: Please, let me see a few thousand black Democrats disenfranchised before I die....

    Re: FEMA blocks dead body examination in NOLA? See (none / 0) (#2)
    by Lis Riba on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:23 PM EST
    Cute joke. Now I heard Rehnquist actually died midweek, but FEMA didn't find him until four days later. Jeralyn, what do you mean by "signing off on it" -- confidentiality oaths, or something else? I've seen a Reuters release that FEMA wants no more photos of dead bodies during the recovery effort. Is that the same matter or something different?

    I've seen a Reuters release that FEMA wants no more photos of dead bodies during the recovery effort. Is that the same matter or something different?
    We're at war, and the administration is scared to let people see the cost, in the form of coffins returning to the US. We're in a disaster, and the administration doesn't want the dead bodies shown on TV. Two disasters, same spin, different day.

    Wouldn't examining the bodies go a little ways as to investigating whether or not people, some children, were raped and had their throats slit as many on right wing blogs have asserted? I have been spending the last couple of days, while not at work, looking around on different right wing sites, like Free Republic and the NRO Corner, and it is quoted like gospel verse that rapes and murder happened in the Superdome and around the Convention Center vicinity, but no actual evidence that it happened. Wouldn't at least some of the dead being kept from view in and around these two areas be the bodies of the victims of these supposed crimes? And wouldn't it be prudent to examine these bodies in order to gather whatever evidence is there so when the city is in some state of normality the police could investigate these alleged crimes? It makes one wonder whether or not these rumors are true, and I tend to think they are not. Sure crime and looting happened, and I don't doubt some rapists took this time to explore their reprehensible behavior further than they could in pre-Katrina New Orleans, but I have yet to see any of the victims families or any first hand accounts of all the carjackings, murders, rapes, and all the other horrible things said to be taking place in the devastated city of New Orleans.