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Tue May 28, 2019, 08:39 AM

Death Investigations: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Reply Death Investigations: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) (Original post)
yuiyoshida May 2019 OP
ariadne0614 May 2019 #1
mitch96 May 2019 #2
cab67 May 2019 #3
BigmanPigman May 2019 #4
cp May 2019 #5

Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 09:26 AM

1. omg. n/t

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 10:55 AM

2. coronors don't need any medical training??

Holy shit.. How can you tell if something is wrong if you don't know what a normal organ looks like?? Ahhh but you have to be electable...
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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 11:17 AM

3. those interested in this should read this book

"The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist" by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington.

The book covers two wrongful convictions caused by (among other things) bogus forensics, but the authors also discuss the history of the coroner system in the US in general and the South in particular. It actually played a role in suppressing investigations of race-based violence in the Jim Crow era. It's fascinating, if depressing.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 04:33 PM

4. I just watched some crime show which had a medical

examiner say that a certain gunshot wound would make blood splatter a certain way. Everyone assumed this guy was experienced and knowledgeable until he said he based his conclusion on the movie Pulp Fiction and how he saw blood splatter from a similar gunshot. The guy's opinion was tossed out.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2019, 10:26 PM

5. Excellent

John Oliver consistently looks at difficult topics with great intelligence, research, and humor. I was reluctant to watch this one, but am very glad I did. Kudos!
This is the DU member formerly known as cp.

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