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Barbara Butcher
Barbara Butcher
Former death investigator at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Author of "What the Dead Know"
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Talk soon,
Sam

Welcome to my adventures.

On my mind

Death, addiction, crime in America, missing persons

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

I enjoy the connection with readers through my book, but even better in conversation.

Also!

I would like to hear your story too.

With best regards,

Barbara Butcher

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What the Dead Know

Learning About Life as a New York City Death Investigator

In What the Dead Know, Barbara Butcher writes with the kind of New York attitude and bravado you might expect from decades in the field, investigating more than 5,500 death scenes, 680 of which were homicides. In the opening chapter, she describes how just from sheer luck of having her arm in a cast, she avoided a boobytrapped suicide. Later in her career, she describes working the nation’s largest mass murder, the attack on 9/11, where she and her colleagues initially relied on family members’ descriptions to help distinguish among the 21,900 body parts of the victims.

"An unprecedented gutsy view of the Rue Morgue in New York City, told by one of its greatest characters. Barbara Butcher stares life and death in the face and doesn’t avert her gaze. She’s the real deal. Her stories and insights are breathtakingly honest, compassionate, and raw. What the Dead Know is impossible to put down. A must read, it's destined to be a classic."

— Patricia Cornwell

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