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.