Mind Your Manners: Where Death Certification Ends and Prevention Begins

Reprinted with permission: Forensic Magazine 07-22-2016 Dr. Judy Melinek, M.D. The police pick up a 45-year-old man, a robbery convict, for speeding. The arrest is a parole violation. The man has a history of smoking and substance abuse and is obese. On his third day back in jail, he refuses to cooperate during a routine search of his cell. The corrections officers address this behavior problem by strapping the man into a restraint chair for several hours until he calms down. After he is released, he immediately starts a fight with another inmate. Once again the guards strap him into

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What is CBD and should we care?

As Cannabis legalization gradually sweeps through the U.S. and Canada, many are catching on to the various products that cannabis companies are relentlessly marketing. One such popular compound that shows up frequently in the news these days is CBD. You may be wondering what exactly CBD is and how it differs from the well-known compound THC. To learn more about this notorious substance, continue reading as we break down the essentials of CBD and how it’s used. So, what is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several chemicals that comprise the cannabis plant, the most well-known being Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These

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Case Enhancement through Forensic Art: Methods for Identifying Unknown Persons

Kenneth R. Lang, Ph.D. One of the most overlooked but highly useful investigative tools for a death investigation is the talents of an excellent forensic artist. Often, investigators see the need arise for the assistance of an artist when a witness can describe an unidentified suspect. We’ve all seen the composite sketch of a wanted subject on a news broadcast seeking to place a name with the face. But the reality is that an artist can be used in a myriad of mediums to enhance any investigation. Foremost, investigators should realize the variety of forensic art mediums effective in an

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How Bodies Burn

Due to the number of requests by our readers, Death Investigator Magazine will be featuring articles taken from interviews heard on our world-renowned podcast, Coroner Talk™. What follows is part one of an interview with Forensic Anthropologist Doctor, Elaine Pope, regarding the science of burning bodies. To listen to this interview in its entirety, go to www.coronertalk.com and select the podcast titled How Bodies Burn. How Bodies Burn with Darren Dake and Dr. Elaine Pope *********** Host Darren Dake: Dr. Pope, welcome to the show. We’re glad to have you today. Dr. Pope: Hello. Dake: So, tell us a little

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Top Strategies for Stretching a Public Service Income

Written by: Staff Writer Choosing a career in public service has many rewards. It’s no secret that being a professional death investigator is stressful, high pressure and exhaustive. Men and women work in this profession for a lot of different reasons. The drive to flush out the answers, look for pieces that fit together to make sense of someone’s chaos, while making communities safe for citizens who have no clue what lurks behind the next corner, are some of the top reasons given. You work long hours and see the worst of society, for pay that is less than what

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10 Tips for a Happier Home Life When You’re Working Under the Shadow of Death

            I don’t want to go inside, Shelly thought to herself. But she had no choice. She steeled her mind and forced her legs to swing outside the driver’s side door of her SUV.             “Mommy, mommy,” Shelly barely noticed her six-year-old son’s voice greeting her, as he ran out the front door toward her car.             A cloud of discouragement smothered Shelly, making the coral and peach hues of the morning sunrise invisible to her, and muting the singing birds in the boughs above her head. When Brett grabbed her left leg in a bear hug, Shelly realized she

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