A Former Colleague on Dr. Steven Hayne

Monday, April 21st, 2008

One of the people I spoke with for my article last fall is a former high-ranking official in Mississippi government who repeatedly butt heads with Hayne and his lax standards. Unfortunately, his current employer wouldn’t allow him to be quoted for attribution, so my interview with him didn’t make the final edit of the article. But this fellow, who had to work with Hayne on a fairly regular basis, says Hayne and assistants would do everything they could to cut corners. He said they took no safety precautions, and would have 15-20 autopsies going at the same time.

But the best part came when he described for me the first time he visited one of Hayne’s all-night autopsy sessions. He said he was there with a couple of his assistants, in awe of what they were seeing, when someone suggested to Hayne that the office send out for pork sandwiches. When the food arrived, well, here’s what he told me:

“I couldn’t believe it. They handed out the food, and then they were eating pork sandwiches and smoking cigars while someone was running a bone saw on the skull of a crack prostitute.”

“I reached a point where we collected all evidence at the scene, because we couldn’t trust them to collect and preserve it properly. I know for sure that there were frequently [test] tubes coming from Hayne that had the wrong names on them,” he says.

If Mississippi would open up a formal investigation, I’m certain you’d see a lot more people like this guy come forward. Perhaps that’s why state officials won’t do it.

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8 Responses to “A Former Colleague on Dr. Steven Hayne”

  1. #1 |  Josh | 

    What’s the latest on Mississippi doing something about this inept guy, anyway?

  2. #2 |  Tokin42 | 

    My biggest concern over this Hayne mess is that it’s probably close to typical behavior around the rest of the country. I know Indianapolis had/has major issues with their M.E. and your home county (Hancock) had a police officer, who is now their Chief, elected as their ME.

    I don’t know how anyone can sit on a jury and take for granted the findings/testimony of any government witness. I keep seeing the Chappell bit in my head…the episode where he reports for jury duty and refuses to believe anything negative about a variety of black celebrities even with video evidence.

  3. #3 |  Tokin42 | 

    found the link:


  4. #4 |  Tokin42 | 

    ummmm, probably NSFW ads on that link. thought I’d better mention that

  5. #5 |  Pinette | 

    some people like cucumbers better pickled

  6. #6 |  davepen | 

    I’m hoping I’m missing something here, but after following this story for the past 10 weeks or so, why is RB the only one making an issue of it?

    You’d think the “magazine” shows (20/20, 60 Minutes, et al) would be all over a story so juicy and full of gruesome details…

  7. #7 |  Adam | 

    I believe that another inmate has been wrongfully convicted solely due to Hayne’s testimony. The Mississippi Innocence Project has accepted his case and we are trying to network with other concerned citizens to oust Hayne. By banding together, we can obtain this goal.

  8. #8 |  The Continuing Saga of Steven Hayne - Reason Magazine | 

    […] suspicion, given the huge volume of autopsies Hayne was churning out at the time. I've spoken to toxicology and crime lab technicians who say they frequently received test tubes from Hayne with […]