I've searched the web for a picture of Luzerne County's late Coroner, Dr. George E Hudock to add to this. Couldn't find one. The title of this post comes from "Doc's" testimony in any number of cases. When being sworn in, Doc would be asked to state his name. "Dr. George, "middle initial E" Hudock."
Reading a post by fellow blogger and friend Vince Sweeney triggered this memory.
The year was 1973 or 1974. I was working as the weekend newscaster at WILK-AM in downtown Wilkes-Barre. A call came over the police radio for a body found on the sidewalk outside the Hotel Sterling. I hadn't covered many stories first hand and this was an opportunity, so I grabbed my trusty cassette recorder and ran the one block down to the Sterling.
Arriving, I saw a body covered with a cloth. And there stood the Luzerne County Coroner Dr. George Hudock. It was the first time I saw him in person. Over the years, we would meet hundreds of times. I fact, a posting on YouTube of a WDAU-TV promo includes tape of me at a crime scene with Doc and Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Joe Coyne in the background. (But I digress.)
The body that was covered was that of an elderly woman who had apparently jumped to her death from a window.
I introduced myself and asked Doc for an interview. He didn't know me and asked if I was new. Of course I said yes. He smiled.
I then started my tape recorder and began asking questions.
"Doctor, can you tell me the cause of death?"
"Well, I've narrowed it down to deceleration trauma or concrete poisoning."
As my tape recorder rolled, I began writing "deceleration..."
A couple of police officers standing nearby began to laugh. I realized then I was being had.
Doc never broke.
"So," I said, "You're saying she died from the fall?"
"No." Doc said, "She died from the landing."