“I find the odor of death very erotic. There are death odors and there are death odors. Now you get your body that’s been floating in the bay for two weeks, or a burn victim, that doesn’t attract me much, but a freshly embalmed corpse is something else. There is also this attraction to blood. When you’re on top of a body it tends to purge blood out of its mouth, while you’re making passionate love….”

——Karen Greenlee, who participated in necrophilia.  


Is a big day for me! I’ll be doing my first official embalming on my own! I’m beyond excited to see who I get and what their cause of death is. It might even be someone who needed an autopsy performed. I’m so excited that everything in my life is falling neatly into place! 😁

Rosalia Lombardo was an Italian child born in 1918 in Palermo, Sicily. She died on December 6 1920. It is thought that she died from a case of pneumonia. Rosalia’s father was sorely grieved upon her death that he approached Dr. Alfredo Salafia, a noted embalmer, to preserve her.She was one of the last corpses to be admitted to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily.


Photography by Max Merz

Published July, 2011 

Remigijus and Nerijus Diechkus are brothers whose day jobs consist of cutting apart and embalming human flesh at a morgue in Vilnius, Lithuania. They are also musicians—Remigijus is the vocalist for the black-metal band Dissimulation, while Nerijus drums in a pop band called the Fly. German photographer Max Merz documented their gruesome livelihood, noting that they were extremely cordial family men who very much enjoy their alcohol. We don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, especially considering their line of work.

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