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An Evening with Barbara Butcher, Author of What the Dead Know: Learning About Life as a New York City Death Investigator
Join the library on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. for a virtual author event with Barbara Butcher, who will discuss her new book, What the Dead Know.
This riveting, deeply personal memoir details more than twenty years of death-scene investigations by the former New York City death investigator.
Barbara Butcher was early in her recovery from alcoholism when she found an unexpected lifeline: a job at the Medical Examiner’s Office in New York City. The second woman ever hired for the role of Death Investigator in Manhattan, she was the first to last more than three months. The work was gritty, demanding, morbid, and sometimes dangerous – she loved it. This is the fascinating and stunning real-life story of a woman who, in dealing with death every day, learned surprising lessons about life—and how some of those lessons saved her from becoming a statistic herself. Fans of Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, and true crime won’t be able to put it down.
Barbara Butcher spent 23 years at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner as a death investigator, director of the Forensic Sciences Training Program, and chief of staff. ... view more »
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