John Doe No. 41 for 2013 was videotaped by an on-train camera as he leaped into the path of the Metrolink train just north of Burbank Airport's runway March 5 at 5 p.m. He was a Latino over the age of 35, but the terrible maiming of his body -- and the fact that his fingerprints revealed zero criminal record -- makes an ID impossible. Who is Donna, which means "lady" in Italian, and is she out there?
Fans of the late Andrew Breitbart are speculating as to why a forensic technician from the L.A. County Coroner's Office would suddenly drop dead on the day Breitbart's autopsy results were released.
They were two of the strangest L.A. deaths so far this year:
And the story just got stranger: Michael A. Cormier, a forensic technician and an integral character at the Coroner's Office, recently turned up dead at his home in North Hollywood.
L.A. County coroner's investigators say Whitney Houston drowned when she died at the Beverly Hilton hotel last month. LA Weekly was the first outlet to report that she might have been found in a bathtub, which she was.
The coroner also says that cocaine and atherosclerotic heart disease were contributing factors to her death.
Coke wasn't the only death they found in her system:
A body was discovered steps from the newly minted L.A. offices of Google in Venice, authorities said.
The find on Main Street between Sunset and Rose avenues was reported to the LAPD by paramedics about 5:55 p.m., Officer Bruce Borihanh told the Weekly tonight.
He told us there were indications the body might have belonged to ...
The find was made about 7:15 p.m. on June 23 near Devonshire Street and Canoga Avenue along the Brown's Creek Bike Path, according to our reading of a coroner's statement.
But so far, it appears, no one has come forward to claim the body or to say that a loved one with a similar description is missing. Here's what we do know about the man:
The Orange County Coroner completed an autopsy on Bevacqua's body this morning to help answer that question. However, a watch commander tells the LA Weekly that the autopsy was "inconclusive," and that the coroner is now relying on a toxicology test to determine Bevacqua's cause of death.
L.A.-area toxicologist Marvin Pietruszka says that means a foreign substance was most likely involved:
Last month, an LA auction house sold Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin and other embalming items for more than $160,000.
Oswald's brother, Robert Edward Lee Oswald, says he called the auction house and told them that it was not theirs to sell and that he wanted the items, which he claimed were stolen by a Texas funeral home, returned to the family to be destroyed.
Still, Oswald says, the Beverley Hills auction house, Nate D. Sanders, went ahead with the sale. So now Oswald is suing the auction house and the funeral parlor.
Update, Nov. 22, 12:15 p.m.: what Tang's parents were doing as their son plunged to his death. Originally posted on Nov. 22 at 10:28 a.m.
Luxury came at a price for the family of two-year-old Lucas Anthony Tang last night. The Garden Grove toddler took a fatal
50 30-foot fall (a roughly five three-story drop) from the family's suite seats in the Staples Center around 11 p.m. at about 9 p.m., just after the Los Angeles Lakers won their game to the Golden State Warriors 117-89.
The apartment's owner discovered an old trunk containing the remains last week. There were two doctor bags inside the trunk with the skeletal remains wrapped in old Los Angeles Times newspapers dated 1933 and 1935. Investigators also found a ticket stub from the 1932 Olympic Games in the trunk.