Claiming “All images will be appropriate viewing for all ages,” Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg has launched a new web page he describes as “exciting.”
The INVESTIGATIONS PAGE is part of the official county website. The first “exciting entry” consists of a grisly close up photo showing a dog’s severed paw compared to X-rays of a human hand and the paw. The text details the paw was cut off with an ax or saw and was not human.
Apparently when the folks you examine don’t talk back and aren’t the least bit ticklish, the internet is a way to reach out to new friends. While he has tried to bring “CSI Boise” to local crime buffs, it is fair to say Erwin has not injected new life into the office of Coroner with his first production.
The self produced series is scheduled to change each month, but if the writer’s strike ever ends in Hollywood, look for it to get canceled.
UPDATE 10 p.m. Monday–
All three local television newscasts at 10p.m. lead off with the story of a cat mutilation case in Garden City. We don’t recall any major stories last March about a dog being chopped up. For the Coroner to deem the mutilated dog paw and resulting description worthy of “exciting” material for his web page puzzles the GUARDIAN. Did anyone ever investigate the fate of the dog?
Talk about missing the point! Here is the KBCI-TV news question regarding the photo of a severed dog’s paw laying in a pile of horse poop:
“The Ada County Coroner has a new ‘Coroner Investigations’ page on the county website with a picture of a hand. It asks, ‘Is it human or animal?’
Do you find the forensics side of this picture interesting, or appalling that it’s on the county website?” About 93% of their views found it interesting.
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