Dr. Edward Chyun worked in the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office for 10 years, dedicating countless hours in the pursuit of justice, helping police detectives find the truth behind hundreds of deaths. But perhaps he was too dedicated, too overzealous, as recent news of long-developing scandal prompted his dismissal.
Ed’s problem started when he realized he held great power within the judicial system. His investigation and testimony could often single-handedly determine a suspect’s guilt in a court of law. He sought to punish criminals, those he “knew” were guilty, even when he lacked sufficient evidence. In other instances, he helped arrange an acquittal when he felt the crime was justified. Sometimes this came at the insistence of the police or district attorney; other times he acted alone.
The crusade went on for years, but finally began to unravel as Ed’s greed got the better of him. He started extorting money from suspects and their families, threatening to fix the evidence and testimony if they didn’t pay up. He even blackmailed certain police officers by holding their past crimes over their heads.
He wasn’t just above the law; he became the law.
But word got out and questions were asked. Everything came crashing down. The media broke the story of the accusations, and as the scandal developed, Ed was dismissed from his job and his medical license was suspended, pending further investigation.
Home life got rough. The media harassed Ed and his wife, Susan. The FBI began their investigation, seizing documents and computers from their home. It didn’t take long before Susan had had enough and served Ed with divorce papers.
That night, Ed met up with Jim Pace, a fellow medical examiner and close friend. They went to a small bar not frequented by doctors and lawyers. Ed wanted to keep a low profile while he quietly drowned his sorrows. But that night was hardly quiet, and Jim became a victim of the bloodbath, his face torn and requiring emergency cosmetic surgery, his spine fractured. Ed escaped without injury, but he blames himself for Jim’s trauma: if he hadn’t committed his crimes, he wouldn’t have lost his job, Susan wouldn’t have left him, and they wouldn’t have been at that bar. Jim would still be awake, still able to walk.
Ed needs to redeem himself. He was never a religious man, but after that night he greatly fears God, and he doesn’t want to spend eternity in Hell. The past few months have been bad enough.