Spotlight for Witch of Death:
An hour later, Reid walked
into the Medical Examiner’s Office where Jonathan Crane’s body lay on a metal slab. “Hey, Tish,” he said. “Any news?”
Tish McGinnis, the Medical Examiner, looked up from her report. “News? Yes. What you want to hear? Probably not.”
He frowned. “What do you mean?”
“This body you brought me is a real mystery.” Tish set down her clipboard and moved to the examination table. “He hasn’t been dead for long, but it’s as if he’s been dead for years. There isn’t a drop of blood left in his body. His veins are completely dry.”
“Could natural causes do that?”
“Natural?” She laughed. “There’s nothing natural about this. I’ve never seen a body drained of all its blood after a couple of hours post-mortem. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he died because he bled to death, but he doesn’t have any wounds to indicate that. He doesn’t even have teeth marks on his neck.”
“You know, from a vampire.”
Reid groaned. “Fiction aside, how would you say he was killed? What would be your professional explanation?”
Tish rolled her shoulders. “My professional explanations are running low on this one.” She scratched her forehead as if irritated. “I don’t know of any weapon that can steal all the blood from a body without leaving a large hole. And I certainly don’t know any method of murder that can cause this either. Right now, my professional explanation is he died from blood loss, but as to how he lost his blood?” She shook her head. “I don’t think I’m ever going to figure that out.”
Reid blinked in surprise. “So, she was right,” he whispered and recalled how Libby walked on air. How can I doubt that? Clinging to his skepticism, he turned, but paused at the door. “Tish, do you believe in the supernatural?”
She glanced at the body on her table. “Definitely.”
1. If this were a movie, what song would be playing in the background?
Superstition by Alexz Johnson would be the perfect song for this scene to go with Detective Reid Sanders’ feelings about the supernatural.
2. Did you have to do research to write this scene?
I didn’t have to do any research. I’m obsessed with movies and shows about murder, so I knew what I needed and wanted to do for this scene. It’s not as technical as the scene in Witch of Death with the coroner in that story, but some stories need more scientific talk and some need less.
3. If you could rewrite this scene, would you change anything?
I wouldn’t change a thing. I love the mystery and humor mixed into this scene. I even find the mention of vampires to be fun. I also like the conversation at the end about whether a medical examiner believes in the supernatural. I thought it was interesting for an ME to admit she does believe in the supernatural when she deals with science day in and day out.