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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henry ANA December 07, 2012 at 07:33 PM
my "Condolences" to his friends n family!!!
Craig pastrana December 08, 2012 at 06:17 AM
mark Hateley was a legend I hadn't seen mark since Rodney Morrisons funeral. every now and then I tell a story about him or his brother John to the boys at work. they are good ones eh? if you knew him I am so sorry for your loss he was definitely cool I have heard him talk about most of the names I have read here and I know a few of you Mark was the kinda guy that would help shape your personality, he was a perfectionist, always had a huge smile on his face ,he loved to party. God bless you mark, Craig on Maui
Greta Ross December 08, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Dear friends and family of Mark, I was very touched by your stories of Mark, including those of him struggling to overcome the hardships of his divorce and consequential struggle with addiction. I too have lost a friend and family member to suicide and I still think about it daily, although six years have passed. Mark will find his peace now, I wish he could have known it here on earth, but he is finally at peace now- free from depression and with God. As for all of us left behind- please remember that it is not your fault and that we can take mark's stories and learn to help others suffering through life and thinking of suicide. If you are suffering from depression just try to hold on, I know it's tough but things will get better for you. The amount of love and admiration for Mark is truly expressed on this thread. Sometimes we don't know just how many lives we touch...
Gail Minarik December 08, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Mark Hershon...so glad to find you alive and living in Hawaii ...our paths crossed many years ago when I was a teenager and we met on a bus ...you gave me a job cleaning your home on Otis and taking care of your beautiful dog Joey....I knew you as such a kind and gentle person...I'm so sorry for your loss...I remember what a dedicated friend you were... Love, Gail....
Michael Jones December 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
To TheresaSSS-before you start badmouthing the police, know what you are talking about. It's not like the Culver City Police are overwelmed by homicides and they don't have the time to investigate another. If you jump from a high enough place, your head will come off when you hit the end of the rope.
Deborah Lashever December 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Brightest Blessings to this man and his friends and family. May we all feel the love others feel for us and may we believe we are worthy of it.
Margie December 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
For those who did not read his Friends' (Brad D. & Gary L.) comments: #1) He was not a drunk, the divorce led him to depression which led him to the bottle & pills. It came after the divorce. #2) The length of the rope had a lot to do with the decapitation (it's the Law of Physics). He probably had a long rope hence his body falling on it would cause the decapitation. #3) Stop badmouthing the police and the victim, yes he is a victim of the system. It's unfortunate that his Ex & Ex-MIL can "lie" to the court and have his rights taken from him. Yes it's a case of he said/she said. And how many times do spouses lie in court, I'm sure it happens all the time. The parents who go through divorce should consider what's at stake which is the children and do what's best for the kids, not what they want just to spite each other. We cannot judge anyone's coping skills. Some are stronger than others and Mark had reached his limit. I know this because we just lost a dear friend who took his own life.
Margie December 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
My deepest condolences to Mark's friends and family. I can empathize your grief and great loss.
Brenda Barnes December 09, 2012 at 09:17 PM
How sad. With what Brad Dean said above--and I know from almost 20 years practicing law that lying is very common now, it too often seems to be who lies the best wins cases--this is a there but for the grace of God go I situation. Except that I am not a gifted carpenter, car fixer, or surfer. I do know the power of depressants like alcohol when a person starts in a downward spiral. RIP Mark, and for all the alcoholics out there still suffering, may peace and serenity come in this lifetime without any more of you ending up in the gutter or the morgue.
Brenda Barnes December 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I have read that depression will be the epidemic of our near future. We need to find some solutions for the masses. Pills and alcohol sure are not solutions, and the healthcare system in this country even with Obamacare is a disgrace, not a system to give everyone help. Let's do what we can to learn from this and be empathetic to people in need. I like the Dateline idea, but following through takes someone with the energy, not common with all of us having our own lives and problems. I just hope there is some good coming from this other than just friends remembering and honoring Mark, which is something, but seems like not enough for such an exceptional person lost so senselessly, a kind of harbinger of things to come.
Steven St. Clair December 10, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Steve St. Clair I never leave comments on line but feel compelled to do so in this case. I first met Mark when he was a Junior at Birmingham HS and we became very close friends. My best friend growing up was Donnie Sorensen who was Mark's cousin. Donnie introduced me to Mark, his brother John, Linda, his entire family and we all became good friends. Mark and I would get together pretty regularly even though I lived in Whittier and Mark in the Valley. Some of the very best times of my life were spent with Mark. We went surfing, water skiing at Lake Almanor, Lake Mead, Snow skiing at Mammoth, racing and riding motocross and took trips to see John race on the National circuit at Sacramento Mile, San Jose, Ascot, etc. Everytime we would take a road trip Mark's Mom would make us so much great food that we would come home with extra. Mark was a talented athlete and was good at everything we did together. Mark's brother John was as talented a guy on a motorcycle at there was and Mark was very talented as well. (continued)
Steven St. Clair December 10, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Mark and I lost touch after his cousin and my close friend Donnie died almost 23 years ago. This was the last time I saw Mark, John, Linda and his parents. It is very sad that Mark and I did not reconnect. I did not know he was in Dana Point until a mutual friend of ours let me know in the last year or so. He explained what had transpired regarding his ex wife, etc.,etc. It was all very sad to hear. I would like everone to know that Mark was a kind, honest, compassionate, sincere, and all around great person. He was truly a gentle soul who was a great friend. My Mom, Dad, brothers and sister all knew Mark well and all will tell you what a fabulous person he was. Mark, thank you for being a great friend and for all the truly fun times we had together!  May God take good care of you.
lorin lewis December 10, 2012 at 03:44 AM
i pray for marks soul, as God does not take kindly to suicide, that is taking control of your own matters. i wish mark new God, God keeps you here, and God releases you in due time. You need to bear your circumstances, otherwise it is called being taken by evil, which wipes out really good people, IF they are not protected by the word. neverthe less i pray that he rests in peace.
ThinkWell December 10, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Culver City is "for Angelenos, without talent or good looks, trying to get into the movie business"...like the Southern small town is for sorority gals with dewy eyes or frat boys with big chest trying to make it in Hollywood. Some weird people there! It is like when Venice got bad! What's going on with that place man?
Glenn E Grab December 10, 2012 at 08:34 PM
suicide....a permanent solution to a temporary problem.......
cindy barden December 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
This is not needed here as I am sure you don't have a direct line to God, nor is this mentioned in your Bible. Try some compassion, I think that is in your Bible some where.
TheresaSSS December 11, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Still not possible unless it was wire, the man was murdered and the article is alluding to that. The head falls on the side of the body? Heck no. It was placed there and evidence, if look for, would indicate that someone else was there. First he was found outside kaiser, then found on the stairwell at kaiser? This is BS.
Glenn E Grab December 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
btw, for those who are thinking murder, because of the decapitation....if dropped from a high enough place, with a strong enough rope around their neck, anyone's head will come off......
Neal M December 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Mark was a gifted kind person with a good soul. You will be missed by many. RIP my friend.
Glenn E Grab December 12, 2012 at 09:51 PM
brenda, I getting depressed just reading what you wrote..
gale December 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
The kind comments from caring strangers, as well as life long family friends helps to lighten my family's heavy heart. My cousin Mark was a kind- hearted teddy bear. He always had a smile on his face, and had a love for people and animals. I appreciate the loving comments that people have written in. It helps to remind us that these "news stories" are about " real people", with real lives that mattered ! Mark was a hard working bachelor, who owned his own home and was financially sound. He held out for "the right girl" and met her while surfing in the rain. We were really happy for him, and even more excited for him when their little girl came along. I'm sure there is many sides of the story, but our family does not believe any of the x wife's allegations about Mark. When he passed away he had restrictions on any bank account and restraining orders until 2032. He would have never been able to keep up with legal fees, and back owed child support in this economy. Is this even possible, without a police conviction of a crime ? The only silver lining now, is that Mark can visit and watch his daughter grow up thru spirit. I thank all the family members and friends that tried to help him thru the past few years. We are asking ourselves what we could have done to change this, to take back the day.
Judith December 29, 2012 at 04:27 AM
I don't know how to reach out to Mark's family and friends-- as his brother and sister have not responded to my emails, and his mother has early dementia -- other than to write this here. For the last 4.5 years, until August 2012, I probably knew Mark better than most, as he rented part of my home. I am still recovering from the shock of what has happened to him, but plan to put together an overview of how I saw this wonderful man go from a positive person through major depression (over the inability to see his daughter and the loss of his life's labor) and from a social drinker to a true alcoholic. He and his wonderful dog Mickey, as well as his wonderful mother Ginny, were restrained from seeing his daughter. He did not have the resources to fight Lynn and her financial backing. Even the the psychologist who recommended visitation with his daughter was threatened with retaliation by Lynn's attorney, so she withdrew that recommendation just 3 days before he was to see her. You can imagine his grief. The story is long, and it will take me time to construct it for you, and possibly someday his daughter. For now, however, please send me your email, and your personal relationship to Mark, and I will send you my summary as soon as I can. judylang@earthlink.net.
Judith December 29, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Thank you for being Mark's friends. He was almost always in good spirits, truly had a great heart, and spoke of many of you fondly. Frankly, I was surprised he had had spoke of suicide before this, as he was truly put through the ringer, and suffered so much as a result. He was positive for so long, after he passed a lied detector test, went through the psychological exams and testing, etc. With time, though, he apparently lost all hope. He was a fine, caring man, and I cry for the fact his daughter will never again appreciate his energy, love and devotion. Judy
Barbara Williams December 29, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Maybe it would keep your own spirits up through doing the summary for his daughter, if you thought besides telling her the truth when she grows up and hopefully will be free enough of her mother's influence to believe it, you also could be aiming for a change in laws that mistreated him and led to his death. Is that realistic for you? It seems to me there are enough friends of Mark who wrote on this to start a foundation and have fundraisers if only reunions every year and recycling and minor amounts like that, to lobby for a change in family law to make real standards apply. If he passed a lie detector test and all the psychological tests, he should have been able to see his daughter. Other men and women mistreated like this should be saved from what happened to Mark. And why did he lose the house? I think something definite can be done here. Also, it seems to me that a group of us could compile the records from the court case and file complaints against the lawyer, at least, even though it's too late to do any good by taking any action against his ex-wife. If a lawyer intimidated a psychologist, that is worthy of disbarment, which should happen, since s/he will do it again if nothing is done about this time.
Judith December 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Correction to above posting: "I was surprised he had NOT spoken of suicide before this...."
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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