This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, Episode 100. I can't believe we've already made it to 100 episodes. I recorded this as a three and a half hour long Facebook Live in the Writer's Detective Q & A Facebook Group. And then I distilled many of the questions and answers from that down into what you're listening to now, and what will also be Episode 101. If you haven't already done so, come join us in the Facebook Group. Just go to writersdetectivebureau.com/Facebook, answer a few quick questions, so I know you're a real person and not a spambot, and then you'll be approved. Since we covered a whole gamut of topics, rather than try to summarize everyone at the top of the show like I normally do, what do you say we just get right into the questions?
First question. How soon will the medical examiner rule a drowning a homicide? And of course it popped off the screen right after that, in trying to tighten the storyline and increase the pace.
Good question. I mean, honestly, that's one of those things that you can kind of play with as far as your timeline. Whether they have it be a homicide as far as manner of death, I mean they'll rule it a ... I mean, not a suicide, they'll rule it a drowning pretty quickly. That will be pretty obvious based on what they find during the autopsy. They will probably have to talk to the police detective that's doing the investigation to actually learn whether it's a homicide or not. So there's going to be some communication between the two. Obviously coming in, it's just going to look like the obvious thing for drowning would be accidental. So in that case if the police were involved and there was that kind of particular possibility, going back to the last episode where I talked about manner of death, cause of death, and mechanism of death, there's actually one more classification I didn't add to the list when we talked about it in the podcast, just because I didn't want to confuse anyone. But there's actually a pending manner of death... Continue reading...
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