How errors by coroners and forensic pathologists have allowed potentially guilty perpetrators to go free and the innocent to be accused of crimes they did not commit. (Aired 2011)
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Popular television shows have portrayed death investigators as high-tech sleuths wielding the most sophisticated tools of 21st century science. A 2011 investigation by FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR found a very different reality: A dysfunctional system with few standards and little oversight. In state after state, reporters found autopsies conducted by doctors who lacked certification and training, an increasing number of Americans going to the grave without being examined at all – and vulnerable people suffering most from the country’s system of death investigation.
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Prologue - 00:00
A Trail of Autopsies by an "Incompetent" Forensic Pathologist - 1:43
The Role of Coroners in Death Investigations - 12:50
The New Orleans Coroner and the Police - 17:30
A Call for National Standards for Death Investigations - 33:05
Deaths of Elderly People Are Among Least Likely to Be Investigated - 37:11
“Autopsies Can Save Lives As Well As Solve Crimes” - 43:09
Credits - 51:57