The Difference between a Coroner and a Medical Examiner

>In the simplest of terms, a Coroner is an elected official, who, depending on state law, may only need to be 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a background check.  Scary!!!  Some states are a little more strict on who they will allow to run for office.  States such as Ohio require […]

Reasons Not to Mess With the Death Investigator.

>There are some ground rules to establish so that this blog makes sense for my faithful readers who may not understand how a death scene investigation works. Rule number 1:  The police do not request transport for the decedent.  That responsibility falls on the death investigator.  Rule number 2:  The uniformed officers that initially respond are not allowed to leave […]

Under the category of “Things I wish I had said at death scenes:

I have to say that my favorite people to work with are police officers.  They are some of the funniest and strangest people I’ve worked with at death scenes. About two years ago I responded to the scene of an individual who was in her forties and had very little medical history.  The scene was in an apartment building with […]

The Polygraph

>When I applied for a position as a Crime Scene Technician, the application process was pretty lengthy.  Brutal, might be a better way to describe it.  First was the initial application.  Then there was the phone interview.  Then I had to go out to Arizona and take a written test, followed by a panel interview (for those who might not […]

Where to go after Graduation?

Okay, here it is.  You’ve just earned your Master’s Degree in Forensic Science with an emphasis in Technical Investigations (fancy for Crime Scene Processing).  You’re out in the real world, cut loose from the safety net that college life offers.  What now? In my case,  I panicked, pulled my hair out, ran around naked through my living room screaming “Where’s […]

Random Thoughts

Oh where, oh where have my followers gone.  Oh where, oh where could they be?  It’s really kind of depressing, everytime I log on to my blog I see on the right side of the screen “No followers.  Be the first.”  Sigh.  That’s all right.  I think this is only my third or fourth day blogging.  Eventually, if I blog […]

How I Became a Death Investigator, Part 2

>Regarding my comment in the last post about how I secretly cut out newspaper articles on crimes and kept them hidden away. I forgot to mention where this genius idea came from. I borrowed it from the movie True Crime that starred Alicia Silverstone. Her character also did the same thing. For what it’s worth, I’m sure I only did […]

How I became a Death Investigator

>I’m often asked two questions about how I became a Death Investigator. First, people want to know what inspired me to into such a depressing field. Second, they want to know what my educational background. If I’m guilty of anything it’s letting Hollywood influence me on any level. Right away I should have known better. But at least I can […]

Random Thoughts

I said in my last post that, as a child, I never went around pronouncing random objects dead. That’s true. However, as an adult, I have my moments. One night I came home after working 16 hours straight. As I stumbled through my apartment trying to turn lights on I heard a crunch under my feet. Flipping the light switch […]