I have be­come ad­dicted to work

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Sun Jianji, 37, has worked as a crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tor for a pub­lic se­cu­rity body in Anxi county in Quanzhou city in South­west China’s Fu­jian prov­ince, for 13 years.

Toi­let wa­ter— eau de cologne— ismy “work es­sen­tial” be­causemy son al­ways says I smell bad af­ter an au­topsy, even though I take a shower as soon as I re­turn home.

Ex­am­in­ing bod­ies ismy job, hug­gingmy child ismy joy. Both are in­dis­pens­able to me. The sup­port ofmy fam­ily is a great mo­ti­va­tion dur­ingmy busy work sched­ule, so I have be­come ac­cus­tomed to car­ry­ing toi­let wa­ter asmy per­fume.

Grass­roots pub­lic se­cu­rity de­part­ments such as mine have a heavy work­load. We have three crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors, and each has to han­dle more than 300 au­top­sies ev­ery year.

We have to go to crime scenes as quickly as pos­si­ble af­ter a re­port is filed, ir­re­spec­tive of the time of day or night. It’s hard to find time for a two-day week­end, let alone a full va­ca­tion.

Foren­sic medicine was notmy dream ma­jor. In­stead, I was as­signed to that fac­ulty dur­ing col­lege re­cruit­ment. How­ever, I find I have be­come ad­dicted to it as I have re­al­ized its im­por­tance in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

In 2010, res­i­dents of Jian­dou, a town­ship in Anxi, re­ported they had found a fe­male body on the street. Ini­tially, the crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tor on duty thought the woman had died of nat­u­ral causes.

When I ar­rived, I re­al­ized sev­eral ribs had been se­ri­ously dam­aged, so I quickly in­formed the woman’s fam­ily and brought the body to my work­place for an au­topsy.

We later proved that woman had died as a re­sult of a hit-and-run ac­ci­dent. Three days later, we found some wit­nesses and the case was solved.

Great care is re­quired in this job be­cause it re­lates to why and how an­other hu­man be­ing died. A well­con­ducted au­topsy shows re­spect for the dead per­son, and is of­ten a source of com­fort for the fam­ily.

In 2010, I started a re­al­name mi­cro-blog­ging ac­count, and now I have more than 40,000 fol­low­ers.

There aren’t enough crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors in ru­ral ar­eas, so I hopemy mi­cro blog will re­duce peo­ple’s con­fu­sion about iden­ti­fy­ing in­juries and help the pub­lic to un­der­stand more aboutmy work.

It’s not amys­te­ri­ous job; what I do is usemy knowl­edge and skills to dis­cover the truths be­hind peo­ple’s deaths. Sun Jianji spoke with Cao Yin

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