Dr. Gary Telgenhoff, real life forensic pathologist and forensic consultant
to CSI, decided to do a interview via e-mail with Shane Saunders, owner of ModernDaySherlock..
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MODERNDAYSHERLOCK: What truly inspires you
about forensic science?
DR. GARY TELGENHOFF: I'm not sure that
I am truly that "inspired" anymore. But when I started, I think it was the "mystery" or "discovery" of findings that
often lead to conclusions. The process of putting the case together.
Getting an answer that makes sense.
Seeing the understanding in a family's eyes when I have explained what happened to a loved one.
Seeing the understanding in the jury's
eyes when I have explained medical findings in common, everyday, layman's language. The occasional feeling that I have contributed
to a justice system that often works.
MODERNDAYSHERLOCK: In your career as a forensic pathologist, what has been the most gruesome autopsy you ever conducted?
GARY TELGENHOFF: That's easy. I just wrote a song about it. It will be on the
next album. It's called "MAMMA DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE."
It would be the case in which the daughter puts Mamma's dead body in a tupperware 60 gallon
garbage container and puts it in a rental storage unit for about three years. I don't know if you are familiar
with our weather out here, but the summer months can heat up a unit like that to about 150 degrees. The people renting
the adjacent unit complained of a "foul odor" (many of our cases start that way).
So, the whole bucket comes in on a gurney. We had to punch a hole in the bottom and drain out the
"humanary stew" a phrase coined by Alice Cooper in the song Black Widow. I considered it more of a human soup.
as you might imagine (but actually you can't) the most Godawful, foul
pasty spooge of a mess rolled out of that can
when we tipped it on it's side.
Mama wasn't what she used to be.
My assistant (who has seen most everything) nearly quit on the spot.
I found myself in
a state of introspection and re-evaluation of my chosen
MODERNDAYSHERLOCK: What is your favorite episode
to date, and why?
DR. GARY TELGENHOFF: Well
I don't get to see them all. I'm usually too busy going over scripts and answering questions for the writing staff.
But I'll tell ya, that last one on
season five, directed by Tarantino was incredible.
Of course part of that might be due to
the fact that I watched the screening with George Eads, Marg Helgenberger,
Quentin Tarantino, Carol Mendolson and
the producer and writing staff; here in Vegas at
the Palms Casino. It was a
private party with only about 30 persons invited.
Let me tell you, the atmosphere was
electric . . . akin to being in a busy sports bar with the superbowl up on the large screen.
sure the atmosphere had much to do with it, but it was a damned good episode with George Eads character buried alive. Great acting, writing, directing