- The Washington Times - Friday, April 21, 2006

Gather ‘round, all ye who are stout of stomach. In today’s paper, I have what I hope is a fun story about television makeup artists who specialize in creating cadavers for crime dramas. The idea came as I was laid up for a week and passed the time watching “Law and Order” repeats from 7 ‘til 11 every night.

As longtime viewers know well, each episode is introduced with either a homicide in progress or the discovery of a murder victim. Watching the show in bulk as I did, I found myself wondering, rather pleasantly, “How are they going to spring the corpse on us this time? Will it be in a gutter? Will the garbageman unload it from his cargo? A broad daylight restaurant shooting? Will the Rich Old Manhattan Broad with the Cat spy a lifeless arm hanging over the edge of a dumpster?”

Maybe it was the painkillers, but I figured it might be amusing to talk to some of the folks who do this kind of thing for a living. Who are they, and are they, well, normal? I found it pretty fascinating; I hope you do too.

Also, check out the rest of our Friday Show section, where you’ll find movie, TV and theater reviews, plus a provocative revisionist defense of the American versions of Beatles albums.



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