8/10/2018 0 Comments
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau: Next of kin notifications, Is the noir genre dead? and money laundering. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
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Richard Harris asks, "How do police handle it when they need to inform someone of a friend or family member's death?" That is an excellent question and it's one of those things that we also often see portrayed incorrectly in television and movies. We don't do it by telephone. We go out and contact that family member or that close family friend in person.
Very often we will bring a chaplain with us as well and if you read any of Michael Connelly's books, you'll hear him refer to it as the dirty work and it really is one of the absolute worst parts of the job. The thing about doing this that makes it so tough is that you have to be clear with what you're telling the person.
You can't hem and haw and beat around the bush or use euphemisms for death. You literally have to ... You can't say "passed on" or "is no longer us" as it's like, "What does that mean?" You literally have to say that your loved one is dead or your loved one has died and it's...
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