Tuesday, November 15, 2011

That Which Remains

"He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century."

_Doctor John H. Watson, speaking of Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet.

Someone at work today made a joke about disposing of her husband's body in a woodchipper. I immediately said, "That doesn't work. The case in which that was attempted was ultimately solved because the chipper didn't get some teeth with identifiable dental work, and a large quantity of hair and bone chips were also left at the scene."
As usual, when I say something like that out of the blue, I got several glassy eyed stares. I didn't bother explaining that in a previous part of my life I had read virtually nothing but mystery novels and forensic texts. That's been over a decade ago, but some of that stuff stays with you, including forensic specialist Dr. Henry Lee's painstaking work on that case.

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