Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator

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Feral House, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 149 pages
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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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I really really enjoyed this book. The author really impressed me. However I did not read it quickly. It's a short book that could be read in a matter of hours. However there are a lot of dark parts ... Read full review

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This book is so intense! I was completely intrigued from cover to cover and hated to see it end. If you're looking for a captivating story with personal experience and have a strong stomach for gore, this book is definitely for you! Great read for anyone considering entering the field of death investigation for themselves. As a criminal justice major, I found this to be very interesting.  

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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.

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