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Corrupt Bodies

Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue
Narrated by: Mark Elstob
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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In 1985, Peter Everett landed the job as Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary. In just six years he’d gone from lowly assistant to running the UK’s busiest murder morgue. He couldn’t believe his luck.

What he didn’t know was that Southwark, operating in near-Victorian conditions, was a hotbed of corruption. Attendants stole from the dead, funeral homes paid bribes, and there was a lively trade in stolen body parts and recycled coffins.

Set in the fascinating pre-DNA and psychological profiling years of 1985-87, this memoir tells a gripping and gruesome tale, with a unique insight into a world of death most of us don’t ever see. Peter managed pathologists, oversaw post mortems and worked alongside Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad - including on the case of the serial killer, the Stockwell Strangler.

This is a thrilling tale of murder and corruption in the mid-1980s, told with insight and compassion.

©2019 Peter Everett (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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the narrator worked perfectly with the story

thoroughly enjoyed this story, easy to listen hard to put down, great for a lazy Sunday

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  • Happy Customer....A lot of the time!!!
  • 26-09-2019

Brilliant

Only got this today and I’m half way through, so far brilliant, I work in the industry and can relate to the story not the corruption!!! It’s soooooo good gonna get back to it now I’m wasting valuable listening time, get it now people seriously please get it now!!’

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  • Colin Wood
  • 01-06-2020

Very entertaining

All the more interesting as ive been wotking the morgues for the cooperative funeral service and quite poignant at the end in summary i recomend this book greatly.

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  • Ollie Dedhar
  • 05-02-2020

First half gritty, second half dull.

The first half - interesting. Really gritty with the level of corruption. But people are sacked and convicted by the end of the first half. Second half - Not really any more corruption. Just hours of moaning about his job. I got 26 mins to the end and just gave up.I had been considering for a while prior but I couldn't bare it beyond that. Shame really.

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  • Bambiofthefens
  • 12-01-2020

it's not long enough!

loved this book, very interesting and saddening when it was finished. I'm sure this man could have told a few more hours worth of stories about his time at work. throughly recommended for anyone interested in mortuary life

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  • Sassyboo
  • 11-11-2019

Very interesting

Fascinating book and I hope Southwark's bosses are suitably ashamed at how they treated the author. I know slight details were changed but I remember one case he speaks about where he says in the book the victim wasn’t sexually assaulted but news reports from the trial said she was. I understand the need to alter details but if you are naming people I’m surprised this book says different than the trial. In any case, if you are interested in death and forensics you will enjoy this book. Thank you to the author. Great book.

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  • C
  • 09-11-2019

Loved this

I was completely absorbed, the narrator is fantastic. I learnt so much and it's helped understand our life journeys. Brilliant stories and so well written it's like and old friend.

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  • Squeaky Joe
  • 30-10-2019

A captivating account

When Peter Everett accepted a job as Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary, he soon found he’d taken on a lot more than a run-down building with funding issues and a host of outdated equipment - he’d also lumbered himself with a well-established tradition of corruption and bribery. With its subtitle, Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue, Peter Everett’s tale of pre-DNA post-mortems is packed with thrilling, gruesome and often very poignant accounts of his work with Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad, as they strive to explain sudden deaths, violent attacks and bloody murders. The author also recounts his fight to end the corruption within the service and his efforts to stay sane in a highly stressful job. A captivating account that will thrill anyone interested in the reality of what happens on the pathologist’s slab. The audiobook is superbly narrated Mark Elstob, who interprets Everett’s words in a thoughtful and sensitive manner.

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  • Sandra
  • 05-10-2019

Fascinating ,inspirational ,respectful and witty.

What should have been a morbid topic this was written with respect for the deceased while being funny too. A very well balanced book and told with a very down to earth narrator. Absolutely loved it and hope Paul Everett writes about his Fleet Street adventures.

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  • Lee
  • 01-10-2019

A life in deaths

This book is simply excellent. A true story of ones mans daily life with death, murder, suicide and so much more. I was appalled when listening to the corruption within the system which involved police officers, funeral directors in fact right the way down to mortuary attendants. Stealing from the dead re-using coffins..absolutely appalling. Peter Everett took on this corruption and managed to get convictions. I’m in my late, late cough*fifties*cough but if I were young again I may have considered a job in the death industry based on this book..it’s a wonderful listen. It’s well narrated by ME who is a new narrator to me and I will look for more books read by him. Well worth a credit and its in my 5 top books of 2019.