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06 January 2008 @ 11:17 pm
Theatrical Muse: Week 212: Question 212  
Name: Dr. Sid Hammerback

Fandom: CSI: New York

Word Count: 556


What event do you wish you could have been a "fly on the wall" for?


I do not find pleasure in the death of the people who end up on my table, but I do get a certain medical based thrill from the cases that I received of an unusual or varied nature. New York City, like other dramatically big populations of people, is subject to the bizarre behaviour of some of its inhabitants, on a daily basis, whether it is the man preaching from the soapbox in Central Park, or one of the living statues you can find acting along some of the streets around here. Bring this behaviour to a ravenously murderous point, and you extricate a series of deaths accidentally unusual in being, or actively created so, that possess qualities that are far removed from reminding one of a mere strangling, drowning or shooting. I find these kinds of deaths interesting because they are unusually and because, to put it quite simply, the answer as to how they occur, is not always promptly clear to me.

I have been a Medical Examiner for a long time now, and every death that I process I take just as seriously as any other death. I perform each autopsy that I am required to, with as much dedication as those that have come before, and those that will come after. The matter of the fact is, that unusually deaths test my mind and my experience more so than do a case where the death is more bluntly obvious. Also, while this may be callous of me, which I assure you it is not intended to be, anyone who has a chance at processing it, likes a body that is interesting. Death is a sad affair that all the Medical Examiners respect very, very much, but if you got a chance to examine mummified remains, or those torn apart by housecats, wouldn’t you take it?

If I had the chance, I would like to be a “fly on the wall” for some of these unusual murders. To see the point at which an arrow is shot from above and enters a victim’s chest cavity, or to see hydrofluoric acid eating away someone’s face, would be interesting. Yes, I admit this does sound morbid, but dealing with death every day, I only ever really see the results of it occurring. I have studied and understand the processes of death, the how and what of injury, but I never, myself, get to see it happen in front of my eyes. For someone like me, I have a large and expansive mind alive with both knowledge and imagination, qualities necessary fro a person of my profession. I only ever get to see the ramifications of killing, the result of murder, and therein lies my answer. If I could get a “fly on the wall” pass to watch an unusual death, not as an entity that could influence or change the event in any way at all, entirely removed from the situation altogether, except being able to watch, such a thing would indeed please me very much. No offense or derision to anyone concerned, but as a Medical Examiner and someone tasked by choice and profession to investigate all the ins and outs of death, on a relatively neutral level, all personal life excluded, I find death, the matter and occurrence of it, very interesting indeed.
 
 
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