Below is an excerpt from forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek's 2014 memoir "Working Stiff," co-authored by her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell. Go inside the lives of America's busiest coroners in Los Angeles County on the next episode of "This is Life with Lisa Ling," Wednesday November 11 at 9 p.m.
"Working Stiff: Two Years, 267 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner" is available in bookstores worldwide and online. (The names of victims were changed in the book.)
(CNN)"Remember: This can only end badly." That's what my husband says anytime I start a story. He's right.