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Post Mortem [electronic resource]: The Death Investigation Crisis in America

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America, and the rate of autopsies - the gold standard of death investigation - has plummeted. As a result, not only do murderers go free and innocent people go to jail, but the crisis in death investigation in America is also a threat to public health. Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman reports the results of a joint investigation with ProPublica, NPR, and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.
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60 min.
12 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 23, 2011.
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Variant Title
Death Investigation Crisis in America
Related Title
Frontline (Televisions program)
  • Competent Death Investigations (1:30)
  • Sponsors: Post Mortem: The Death Investigation Crisis in America (1:09)
  • Post Mortem Exam (3:52)
  • An Incompetent Autopsy (3:21)
  • Trial of Dr. Gill (2:15)
  • No Federal Oversight for Death Investigators (1:38)
  • Unidentified Body in South Carolina (2:32)
  • Coroners Make Do with Limited Resources (2:04)
  • Dr. Jazz (5:21)
  • Coroner Minyard's "Palace of Truth" (3:47)
  • Wrong Cause of Death (5:04)
  • Promoting Competent Autopsy Investigations (5:30)
  • Insufficient Funds Leads to Undiagnosed Cases (5:55)
  • Forensic Pathology Can Save Lives (2:10)
  • Does the FMG Retain Incompetent Examiners? (4:57)
  • Incompetent Examiners Continue to Work (1:41)
  • Credits: Post Mortem: The Death Investigation Crisis in America (2:03)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2001.
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44438 Films Media Group
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