1981: Miami's Deadliest Summer
The high rate of corpses left medical examiner officials frustrated. In an interview with United Press International, then-operations director Norman Kassoff said, "I don't see any relief in sight unless the federal government comes in and moves out all the undesirable aliens and cracks down on all the Colombian drug homicides. And that would be only temporary."
Four months later, Time published its famous "Paradise Lost" cover story chronicling Miami's transformation from a sleepy retiree town to an ethnically Balkanized, violent, crime-infested city.
The medical examiner used the refrigerated truck until 1988, the year the morgue moved into its current headquarters near Jackson Memorial Hospital.
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