The Washington Post’s Neely Tucker profiles June Marie Jeffries, an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia who for more than 20 years has prosecuted people who kill children. She could do anything she wants, the paper says, but she chooses child slayings, the thing nobody else wants to touch. Glenn Kirschner, chief of the homicide division, a man who looks at dead bodies as part of his trade: “I have a hard time looking at autopsy photos and hearing about the injuries inflicted on children. I’m chief of the division, but I wouldn’t want to pick up infant homicides. I’m not the best person for that. June is.”
Jeffries, 52, is a mother herself. “I don’t dream of dead children,” she writes in one e-mail. She says she doesn’t cry about “my victims.” She says her real fear is aging to the point where the only thing left in her memory banks will be “reliving autopsies that I attended 50 years earlier.” It’s a joke. Sort of.