The stories we tell often tend to focus on the criminal act itself, rather than the investigation that follows. In this episode of Sword and Scale we’ll show you how the human body often tells the tale of its final living moments in the form of forensic evidence, and what it takes to extract this information from a corpse.

We’re joined by the husband and wife team Dr. Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell, who co-authored the book “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.” In it they describe Judy’s journey from her goal of becoming a surgeon all the way through her career as a forensic pathologist during the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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