Have you ever been locked in a cooler with piles of decomposing humans for so long that you had to shave all the hair off your body in order to get rid of the smell? Joseph Scott Morgan did. Have you ever lit a Marlboro from the ignited gas of a bloated dead man's belly? Joseph Scott Morgan has. Have you ever wept over a dead dog while not giving a shit about the dead owner laying next him? Morgan did. Were you named after a murder victim? Joseph Scott Morgan was.
This isn't Hollywood fantasy—it's the true story of a boy born into the deprivations of a white trash trailer park who as an adult gets further involved in the desperate backdoor sagas of the "new South." No hot blondes here, just maggots, grief, and the truth about forensics and death investigation.
Joseph Scott Morgan became a death investigator with the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office in suburban New Orleans in 1987, the youngest medicolegal death investigator in the country. During the day, Morgan worked in the morgue, and at night investigated for the coroner. In 1992 Morgan became senior investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Atlanta. Morgan is now a college professor at North Georgia College and State University, where he teaches a death investigation course based on the national standards which he helped develop. He and his family reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia.
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About the Author
Joseph Scott Morgan became a death investigator with the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office in suburban New Orleans in 1987. At the time of his hire, he was estimated to have been the youngest medicolegal death investigator in the country working in a major metropolitan area. Over the course of his career he was required to work in the morgue during the day and subsequently work as an investigator for the coroner at night.
In 1992 Morgan accepted the position of Senior Investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, where he remained until 2005 when he medically retired. During his tenure he was a part of the United States Department of Justice Task Force for the design of a national standards for death investigators nationwide. He was one of the founding members of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. In 2002 he achieved National Board Certified “Fellow” status, the highest ranking for a death investigator in the United States.
Morgan is now a college professor at North Georgia College and State University where he teaches Forensics courses.
Joseph Morgan was named 2013 Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association.
Table of Contents
Advice from Dead Kinfolks 1
Painting the Town with Joe 11
Jerry Lee and Me 19
It's All in How You Say It 27
Southern Man 38
The Mustache 46
Red Beans 54
Hey, Haven't We Met Before? 58
The Earache 64
Gainful Employment 81
Color Plates 87
Little Gods and Chocolate Milkshakes 105
He Was Your What? 117
The Trailer Park Swimming Hole 123
Eventually the Sun Will Shine on Every Dog's Ass 133
Hell Yeah, It Hurt! 143
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Murder victims, grieving families, and sights and smells that no normal person would ever want to encounter were what made up the daily life of Joseph Scott Morgan. By giving the public a first-hand account of these experiences, Mr. Morgan opened up his world to the rest of us. Detailed descriptions allow the reader to feel as if they are at the crime scene with the author. Mr. Morgan also presents the emotional side of his grisly business which further allows the reader into his life. For some people, discovery, investigation, and perhaps even death, are just in their blood. This is the case with Joseph Scott Morgan and this book brings his story to the people.
Gives a lot of insight into the world of a death investigator. As a Criminal Justice major, this text has really opened my eyes to the day to day job that these professionals have to go through, and the sights that they have to see day in and day out. Highly recommended to those who are interested in Criminal Justice, CJ professionals, or anyone who loves to read.