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A what now?
OK, so TiVo grabbed a new episode of Forensic Files, High 'N Dry, for me tonight and I just started it...
...to solve the mystery a computer expert, a suicideologist, and a forensic plumber worked together to find the answers.

OK, so suicideologist sounds made up, but it makes sense. But a forensic plumber? Is there a lot of call for that specialty?

Still, not as good as the one z_gryphon and I saw once - forensic paleoclimatologist.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 1st, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My company does data mining. Recently there was a conversation about the inordinate number of dentists, as opposed to other medical professionals, that were cropping up in some report that was being generated. One of the developers pointed out that the other professionals were classifed by specialty, but all dentists were lumped together as one category. He went on to note that realistically there were specialties within dentistry as well, and in fact he had seen a handful of entries in the database for "Proctologist dentist."
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 1st, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've heard of Vagina Dentata, but proctologist dentist?
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: June 2nd, 2006 12:16 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
He specializes in treating the injuries that The Obvious may suffer when it bites people on the ass.
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 1st, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No problem.
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: June 1st, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Ok, so I'm rereading "Red Dragon" (which was 99 cents at the Goodwill! whoo!) and in an early scene, the guy is wandering through the house in which a family was killed and stops to wash his hands in the bathroom sink. He splashes water on the floor, because the trap has been removed by the police. So, yeah, a forensic plumber.

Think of what might be washed down the drain and might end up in the trap or coating the pipes... You'd need somebody who knew enough about what was normal and what wasn't to be able to interpret the drain leavings.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 1st, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, this one a woman was drowned in her toilet by her husband. He'd tried to poison her but she got sick instead and was vcmitting. When he realized she'd spew enough for it not to be lethal, he pushed her head in - then tried to claim he found her and she must've passed out from the drugs and drown, and he faked it as a botched suicide turned accident.

But the forensic plumber countered with details about how the toilet is designed to prevent an adult from drowning that way. How the mass of the body would pull the head out of the water if you slumped against the toliet, etc.