The Last of the Freelance Embalmers
Chicago's Joe Vitacco is a freelance embalmer -- one of the last of his kind. He works out of his trunk, driving from funeral home to funeral home, plying his trade. He's performed about three embalmings a day, seven days a week, for the past 41 years. Over the course of his career he's embalmed a staggering 40,000 bodies. Matt Ozug joined him on a recent job, and sends this audio sketch. (Content may not be appropriate for young readers.)
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