A Forensic Pathologist Takes You Inside a Morgue
September 12, 2014•9 min
You see them on TV and in the movies all the time. But what's the secret story behind a real morgue?Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her co-author and husband T.J. Mitchell holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the intense, challenging world of death investigation, performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s two years of training, taking us behind the scenes of some of the most harrowing deaths in New York City.Dr. Melinek discusses her fearless memoir, the story of a young forensic pathologist as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases -- all hair-raising, heartbreaking and complex -- that shaped her as both a physician and a mother. Dr. Melinek and Mitchell reveal the secret story of the real morgue.