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L.A. Coroner Keeps Life After Death

Necrophiliacs eat your heart out—or go with a cannibal to visit to one of the last remaining prop houses in L.A.

During the last 10 years, the decrease in film production in Southern California reduced the number of local prop houses. For Morgue Prop Rental, however, business is booming, reported the Los Angeles Times. Vidal Herrera, owner and operator of Morgue, utilizes his self-made coroner business to help his shop stand out to Hollywood. One of Morgue's two-full service autopsy labs is a set that Herrera rents out to studios as a film location. TV crime dramas, which generate Morgue Prop Rental with a profit of about $100,000 a year, are what really keep the business alive, Herrera told the Times. The shop provides everything from body freezers to autopsy tables, so if you’re ever running short on supplies for Halloween or a really morbid Christmas, you know where to go. Plus, you can always buy a personalized coffin for $3,500.

A collector of mortuary equipment and old hospital antiques, Herrera ended up with a prop business by accident when a set director from the television series ‘Crossing Jordan’ offered Herrera $10,000 to rent his equipment in 2003. He decided to make a business out of it, and so far he has managed to outlast his competition by successfully combining two vocations into one passion.

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