One of the more morbid legends in our series, the rumor that the L.A. County Coroner’s office has a gift shop has been haunting Los Angeles for over a decade. Ghoulish tourists, searching for the place where legendary corpses such as Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Tate, and Elliott Smith were autopsied, crept stealthily around the grounds, hoping for a glimpse of a toe tag, or perhaps, something more sinister.
But is there any truth to this fiendish tale? Can one, indeed, find a gift shop at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office?
Why yes, you can!
The L.A. County Coroner opened a gift shop called “Skeletons in the Closet” in 1993 to help offset many of the costs associated with running its facilities and programs such as the Youthful Drunk Driver Visitation Program. You can visit the store on the grounds of the Los Angeles Coroner’s office at 1104 N. Mission Road (at Daly) every weekday from 8:30-4:30, but if you don’t have the time nor the stomach to visit an actual coroner’s office, you can peruse their wares at their online store. Categories include “Pacific Ghost Highway”, “Earthly Remains”, and my personal favorite, “Cranial Canyon”. When I had a desktop machine and used a mouse, I had the mouse pad, but my current favorite office supply item is the body-outline post-it pad.
It’s well worth a visit, and you can come back with evidence!