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Former San Diego police officer, murder-scene artist is grand jury foreman

July 22, 2010 |  7:19 am

Juryforeman Rick Carlson used to make a living finding the truth about dead bodies.

As a member of the San Diego Police Department homicide squad, Carlson saw things others might miss: a bloody scene that deserved to be a painting or maybe a suicide note with literary merit.

He painted many of the scenes and gathered suicide notes into a slim volume, "I'm in the Tub, Gone."

Now 63 and retired after 35 years as a San Diego police officer, Carlson will put his detective powers to work as the recently named foreman of the San Diego County grand jury.

The jury's job is to ferret out inefficiency and other problems with governmental agencies.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Rick Carlson and his book. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times