The autopsy room of the former morgue now contained within the Police Museum of Vancouver. The portrait at the right of the frame is of my distant relative Errol, whose body was autopsied in this room after he died in 1959.
“Flynn arrived in the city in October 1959 with his best acting days well behind him. With him was his ‘personal assistant’, a 17-year-old blonde girl not known for her secretarial skills. Within two days Flynn had dropped dead in his rented West-End apartment. The body was brought to the Coroner’s Court, where the pathologist conducting the autopsy is said to have removed a piece of Flynn’s penis and placed it in formaldehyde to keep as a souvenir. The horrified chief coroner Glen McDonald, a rather more fastidious operator, is said to have pulled rank and reattached the missing piece of member to the corpse with sticky tape. The body was then dispatched to Los Angeles for burial. [etc.]”
—Rough Guide to Canada
From Vancouver, September 2009