New Series from California Catholic Daily: The ugly, decrepit and scandalous truth about abortion, abortionists, abortion proponents.

February 4, 1982: 16,433 dead bodies discovered in a repossessed land/sea storage container.

On February 4, when workers opened the doors to the steel box now parked in the container yard in Wilmington, they were overwhelmed with the stench of decaying human flesh. When they looked inside, they saw bodies strewn among open boxes and plastic buckets. One worker described the scene as a “war zone” and reported watching a headless body tumble forward.

The Martin Container employees called the Los Angeles County health department, who began transferring bodies to the county coroner’s office. At the coroner’s office, just west of the L.A. County/USC Medical Center, Dr. Eva Hauser, assisted by Dr. Joseph Wood, weighed, measured and performed autopsies on at least 43 of the larger baby bodies.

Some had been dead for more than two years. Some were at least 30 weeks old. All were severely mutilated through salt poisoning or dismemberment with surgical knives. The smell, the buzz of flies, and the sight of mangled infant bodies made the autopsy procedure difficult for the doctors. Many of the bodies still had labels which identified the abortionists.

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Coming in future weeks on California Catholic Daily:

Who Malvin Weisberg was

The role of the Martin Container company

How the 16,443 figure arrived at

What the coroner’s office did

The Inglewood Women’s Hospital

Gloria Allred attempts to prevent burial

Mothers’ and abortionists’ names on bodies

How Odd Fellows Cemetery chosen for burial

Future Chief Justice Roberts actions regarding Reagan letter

Clergy participation in burial service

Conrad cartoon in LA Times

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