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Unclaimed Corpse Indicator

The Concept: Because of high funeral costs, family members never claim the bodies of the deceased so the state will pay for costs.

Unclaimed Corpse Indicator
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The Proof: In 2009, at the height of the financial crisis when non-farm payrolls were falling by more than half a million a month, Detroit logged a massive increase in the number of unclaimed bodies at its morgue. State payouts for burials nearly doubled over a two month period compared to just a year earlier.

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