Most people shy away from blood and bones, but on September 19th, 2014, Jacksonville State University’s Friends of the Houston Cole Library will be featuring Joseph Scott Morgan in a book talk and signing beginning at 7 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library.

Morgan is the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year and JSU Distinguished Scholar of Applied Forensics and works as a forensic analyst who regularly appears on major network television broadcasts.

The book, “Blood Beneath my Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator,” is a memoir of his time as a death investigator that Scott says “is not CSI fluff or singularly focused crime stories.”

Courtesy of Joseph Scott Morgan
Courtesy of Joseph Scott Morgan

Morgan has worked as close in hand with death for over twenty years in various capacities. These capacities include senior investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office (FCMEO) in Atlanta, forensic investigator with the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office in New Orleans.

At FCMEO, where he worked for 14 years, he managed 11 medicolegal death investigators along with a personal case load that carried between 200 and 300 deaths per year.

When Morgan began working in New Orleans, he was the youngest medicolegal death investigator in the United States and served as an autopsy assistant along with his duties as death investigator.

Over the course of his career, Morgan has conducted over 7,000 autopsies between New Orleans and Atlanta.

“These experiences are expressed in a uniquely southern manner and this is brought to light through the quirky characters that I encountered throughout my career as well as the heart breaking consequences of loss suffered by the inhabitants of two great southern cities,” Morgan asserts.

The reader will be able to follow Morgan through his time as a death investigator and see what changed over the course of time while having such an occupation.

This will be in high contrast to Hollywood’s version of death investigation, because the real idea behind being a death investigator will be addressed instead of a glossing over of the emotional results of being a forensic analyst.

Because Morgan spent the majority of his days dealing with death, his work addresses the many psychological effects that come from that.

The event will have Morgan reading excerpts from his memoir, and discussing more of what lay behind the pages that most readers don’t see.

Many who are interested in forensic science or in popular crime dramas would benefit by attending this event, in order to see what working in the field is actually like.

For more information, please contact the Houston Cole Library at 256-782-5758.

Christiana Tyler
Arts & Entertainment Editor

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