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As the Clarke County Coroner Mike Murphy’s office deals with all the deaths that happen in the city of Las Vegas. One aspect he has to look at is suicides, the city has one of the highest rate of suicides anywhere in the US. Studies have suggested that a high percentage of these deaths are by people who’ve chosen to travel to Las Vegas specifically to take their life although roughly only one in three would leave some kind of note as to why. With the recession that hit towards the end of the first decade of 21st Century, homicide suicides also rose sharply, a situation where someone will take the life of loved ones and family before taking their own. This was tied into the high foreclosure rates and general economic downturn. With 150,000 people a day coming through a city which is treated by many as an adult playground, it can make the life of a Country Coroner very difficult, especially when it comes to identification.
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Greg Funnell & Adam Patterson 2011
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As the Clarke County Coroner Mike Murphy’s office deals with all the deaths that happen in the city of Las Vegas. One aspect he has to look at is suicides, the city has one of the highest rate of suicides anywhere in the US. Studies have suggested that a high percentage of these deaths are by people who’ve chosen to travel to Las Vegas specifically to take their life although roughly only one in three would leave some kind of note as to why. With the recession that hit towards the end of the first decade of 21st Century, homicide suicides also rose sharply, a situation where someone will take the life of loved ones and family before taking their own. This was tied into the high foreclosure rates and general economic downturn. With 150,000 people a day coming through a city which is treated by many as an adult playground, it can make the life of a Country Coroner very difficult, especially when it comes to identification.