Update: Decapitated Man Who Hanged Himself Identified

Mark James Hateley, 56, of Los Angeles, hanged himself outside the parking structure at Culver City's Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Dec. 3.

Los Angeles, CA ---

Update: Dec 5, 8 a.m.: Authorities have released the name of the suicide victim whose decapitated body was found outside a parking structure at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at 12001 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.

He was 56-year-old Mark James Hateley of Los Angeles, said Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

The headless body was discovered at around 3 p.m. Monday and that same night Culver City Police Lt. Randy Vickrey said the investigator determined the death was a suicide. He said it was apparently death by hanging.


Culver City Police have confirmed the body found at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at 12001 Washington Blvd is male. Lt. Omar Corrales told Patch the “head was removed and is lying next to the body." A security guard first reported the body to police, according to City News Service.

Detectives are at the scene. The incident is being investigated as a possible suicide, said Lt. Ron Iizuka of CCPD. 

Police cars and vans are on the north side of Washington Boulevard just west of Inglewood Avenue, according to an email from reader Mia Duncans to Culver City Patch. A crowd of reporters and onlookers has gathered on the south side of the street.

The body was reportedly at the bottom of a stairwell just inside the first floor entrance to the parking structure, according to Duncans.

Parts of Inglewood Boulevard have been shut down near the scene.

Patch will bring you more details as they become available.

- City News Service contributed to this report.

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Diane Whitehead December 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I am Marks cousin, Diane, and it is comforting to read all of the heartfelt love that so many of Marks friends had for him. He was probably the last person I would have ever thought would be brought down like this. He was just the sweetest, kindest guy you'd ever meet. I think suicide is so traumatic for everyone because we all feel like we should have done or said something more the last encounter we had. The last time I saw Mark was at dinner this summer at the Jolly Roger in Dana Pt. for his mothers birthday. He told me he was hoping to move to Hawaii and all he wanted was a DOG! I think he felt that would be the only real friend he would have that would love him anymore after his ex-five took everything he had. So I hope he is in heaven with a buddy now.
gale January 12, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Hello Judith, thank you for writing into the website. My Aunt Gini and Mark always spoke so highly of you. Thank you also for helping Mark through his last years, taking him on as a renter, friend, dog sitter, and carpenter/handyman as needed. I know that you meant the world to him and Gini. I hope and pray that Gini at 82 years old, and her two sisters [one is my Mom too] never know the details of this tragedy. They were only told that he had passed away at rehab. None of them go on the computer, and that could also be why a memorial has not been planned at this time. Mark was cremated, and it still just seems unreal to us. His mother's mild dementia may get worse now, she seems to be in denial, but at a moment's notice she will remember and she will start to cry. But knowing that her tears cannot change anything, she composes herself. The old Cox family were always realists and pretty strong, but in this old age, dementia seems now to come as a sad blessing in this case. I do hope that my Aunt Gini will be able to see her granddaughter some day, as the restraining order was also against her. They tried to fight it through grandparents rights, but it just got too costly to fight. (Continue...)
gale January 12, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Thank you Judith, and all of you that have reached out on this site, I hope that someday Kate will know that she has another side of family that would be proud to say that she is Mark's daughter too, and that he did fight to keep her in his life, and that she would be welcome in ours. Bless Mark, and all of you. Gale Snodgrass-Hausmann Galehaus777@aol.com
fran March 24, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I only met Mark once, when I spent the night at the home he was renting with my then 4 year old daughter in Dec of 2008. I liked him instantly. He was very kind, giving me his room to sleep in while he slept on the couch, downstairs. He also played with my daughter and I trusted him 100% with her in spite of the heinous allegations about him. He was a kind soul and our mututal friend Mark Hershon brought me there to spend the night so that he could take me to the airport in the morning on the way back to Colo. where I live. When he told me part of his story, I knew he had been severely burned by the system. I had experiences with friends and custody issues and knew how unfair and biased they can be. The one with the money wins usually and his wife stole his money. I pray for his little girl who lost her father who loved her. Someday she will realize what her mother did to her father and it will be retribution time.
Blake Johnson May 04, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Blake, Well time has passed as well as Mark, I feel that a lot of people had a connection with Mark, The year was 1971 walking home from Mulholland JR. High with Mark down the alley to you're garage your brother always something new working on his bike. In High school still walked the same path, One day your mom made some killer Chocklet shakes and brought Theese to the patio for your guest. Listen Mark was from some great stock!! Always Kind never ugly,, Smiling happy to see you ! He could get pissed , Had self pride lots of manners. At K 55 camping surf trip , we all crashed the Honda mini bike , Mitchell Dude Man, Schner,Perolio , Clair, Kevin , Brad, Marcie, Party's in the yard around the Fire pit. You were a kicked back perfectionist dint have to put to much into it , but the result was perfection . Mechanical skills top notch . When you showed up no one was offended only happy to know you were there. Dude There is no blame, There is no shame, only the truth that you Mark left youre mark on all of you're friends a positive mark. Still can't believe , missing you. the alley to the garage , John in the garage working on his bike always something new. Girl the crazy, loving , and trusting pet monkey.


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