I work with confidential data, and while the services and technical work I discuss are real, certain data are not. When discussing every case, I will obviously change their names, but I will often change their dates of death as well, from a few days to a few years. The entry in which I discuss what happened “today” may have actually happened several years ago in another state, or it may have been last month, or it may have been today. Sometimes I will change the gender and sometimes not. Often the age is off by a couple of years. The cause and manner of death, also obscured. Even if I am discussing the repair of a gunshot wound, when I describe the accidental death of a 25-year-old woman, I may have actually been working on a 40-year-old male suicide.

There are cases which are never discussed because there is no way to do so without hinting at their identities.

I want this blog to be considered readable for the general public, so I must maintain this confidentiality and cannot answer questions about cases that might reveal their personal information.

Death certificates are public record, and anyone may order a death certificate on anyone else at the vital records department of the county in which the person died.