The Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime met at 1:55 p.m. at the home of President Sue McGinty. Present were Victoria Heckman, Susan Howe and Mary Moses
The President discussed the group's declining membership, and noted that we will probably continue to be a small, but well-respected chapter.
Mary Moses announced that she will soon move to Northern California.
A general discussion of the Chapter's trip to Fresno to meet with the San Joaquin Chapter. Their program was outstanding, members said. It included a former soldier of the New York Mafia and
an author of a true-crime book. The hit man's life was depicted in the film "Goodfellas," and the center of the biographical story was turned into the Joe Pesci character in "Casino."
By general agreement, it was decided to try to have a program June 27. Victoria Heckman said that she could probably get the owner/trainer of a cadaver dog to speak, or, with luck, we could visit the premises where these dogs are trained.
Mark Ciampi, of Rainbow International, was the speaker. He and his company specialize in trauma scene cleanup. Many of the situations he meets are not the result of a crime, but could be contaminated from different sources. He said that when someone dies, the Coroner must determine if foul play has taken place. If yes, the scene is restricted until all the police work has been completed. If no, the Coroner certifies that there has been no foul play. By this time, the body has been removed, but often blood, body fluids and other contaminants remain. His company then comes in and carefully cleans thoroughly. He demonstrated the special clothing that he and his crew must wear.
Many questions were asked about his work and business.
Meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.