A Gruesome Step by Step Walkthrough of an Autopsy

The autopsy is a staple of crime and medical dramas, often holding the miraculous key to solving the story's central mystery. But very little of the story actual focuses on what happens in an autopsy. In fact, the TV autopsy process is usually handled with just a few X-rays, some prop organs, and an eccentric examiner spouting esoteric jargon at befuddled detectives. Perhaps it's because of this glossing over that the autopsy fascinates us. Autopsy facts, however, are rarely shared with outsiders, and the steps of an autopsy remain mysterious to the average person. But for those interested in the details, this list looks at what happens during autopsies, gruesome step by gruesome step. The links and videos give even more detail.

This list is not for the squeamish!