It’s an old cop trick to mask the smell.
The most insane deaths seen by an NYC medical examiner
by Maureen Callahan
When Judy Melinek was considering where to begin her career as a medical examiner — New York or LA? — she was given great advice.
“If you really want to learn forensic pathology, do a rotation in New York City,” her chief resident said. “All kinds of great ways to die there.”
Including, but not limited to: plummeting down a manhole, attack by egg-roll machine, miscalculating the tensile strength of cable cord and scaffolding collapse.
In Melinek’s first week on the job, the tone became clear. As one novice began describing the case of “a man who was shot by a lady,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Seymour Hirsch corrected him.
“Shot by a woman,” Hirsch said. “Ladies don’t shoot people.”
Keep reading. Thanks to Jackie for this cheery Monday reading.