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20 January 2008 @ 10:27 pm
Theatrical Muse: Week 214: Question 214  
Name: Dr. Sid Hammerback

Fandom: CSI: New York

Word Count: 703

"To be great is to be misunderstood."
- R.W. Emerson or Oscar Wilde, take your pick.

In my line of work no one man or woman can know everything. We are of course, talking about science and about matters of death, both of which new facts about are being continually discovered, even as I speak. I am a Medical Examiner, I look into the cause, the reason of death, and the ramifications it has on the body, the clues it leaves behind. Mac, Stella, Danny, Lindsey, they take the evidence from the crime scene, the body, and elsewhere, and apply scientific thought and processes to it in order to understand it better, along with its relevance to the case.

To be a scientist, in any form, usually lends itself to the application of science and the study of the results. From testing and from experimentation, we gain facts and supporting evidence, results that prove that what we want to know is accurately thought of, as in a proven hypothesis, or which will answer our questions, as in finding out what a specific liquid is. What my colleagues and I do is look at what is unknown, and we go on to use methods of investigation, both scientific and otherwise, to then shine a light over these things, so we can then see them clearly. I myself look at the body of a victim, I perform autopsies and collect evidence off them, and I try to understand how they died, what caused their death and maybe even some parts of who did such a deed.

For all that we do, there is still a line of opportunity for the public to misunderstand the intentions of the CSIs, the Homicide Detectives, and even the Medical Examiners, from time to time. Although I am less so involved in this way, when people in our line of work are required to ask questions, whether to a suspect, a witness, a relative of someone or a surviving victim, it is easy to be misunderstood or accused of wrongful intention. Some people wish to detract attention away from themselves by picking at small facts, and some simply take us the wrong way when we ask them of their whereabouts or probe into their experiences.

As a Medical Examiner, as someone in the role of Mac or Flack, it is very easy to be misunderstood, because we so very often face people when they have been affected by death or touched by the circumstances and emotions it arises within others. I am not necessarily saying that we are great above all others, but looking at it, I think maybe you could say, people in our line of work are the greater good above criminals, villains and murderers. In going down a particular line of inquiry or explanation, asking or telling someone something they would rather not hear, know, remember or have brought up, misunderstanding and lashing out is the easiest path to take out of the situation, some of the time.

In the end, we are people trying to do a good job and earn an honest living, and if we mislead intentionally, then it is only because we must do so in the particular situation. As scientists, as specialists in our fields of work, we do the best job we can and we try to be as honest as privacy and the law lets us be. If people misunderstand us, then we try to clarify their misunderstanding, but it never means it will not happen again in the future, in another situation. That is what dealing with science and murder is, really, two things that together, can create a whole whirling mass of misleading thoughts in the minds of others, and even ourselves. Science applied to murder, though, with due and thorough investigation also, is what clears away the confusion and brings out the correct facts and knowledge so that they can be slotted away in the appropriate place and used for future understanding and case building. Supporting evidence of the facts is all that you need most often, really, to clear away confusion, so I am thankful that I am one of the people who can help provide it, when it comes to the investigation of a crime, the solving of a criminal act.
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