Frontline: Season 29, Episode 4

Post Mortem (1 Feb. 2011)

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Episode credited cast:
Robin Allen ...
Herself - Dpty. District Attorney, LA County, CA
Lowell Bergman ...
Himself - Correspondent
Tim Brown ...
Himself - Coroner, Marlboro County, South Carolina
Vincent DiMaio ...
Himself - M.D., Fmr. Chief Medical Examiner, San Antonio, TX
Marcella Fierro ...
Herself - M.D., Fmr. Chief Medical Examiner, Virginia
Thomas Gill ...
Himself - Forensic Medical Group
Himself - Chief Coroner Investigator, LA County, CA
Mary Howell ...
Herself - Civil Rights Attorney
Arnold Josselson ...
Himself - M.D., V.P., Forensic Medical Group
James Lauridson ...
Himself - M.D., Fmr. Chief Medical Examiner, Alabama
Michael Miceli ...
Himself - Father of Cayne Miceli
Frank Minyard ...
Himself - M.D., Coroner, Orleans Parish, Louisiana (as Dr. Frank Minyard)
P. Michael Murphy ...
Himself - Coroner, Clark County, Nevada
Louis Pelfini ...
Ed Prieto ...
Himself - Sheriff Coroner, Yolo County, CA


From PBS and Frontline - Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America. And when these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation, just like we see on CSI. But the reality is very different. Written by Anonymous

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Confirming everything my wife told me....
8 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have an unusual source of information that has taught me a lot about forensic medicine over the years--my wife. As a best-selling author of suspense novels, it's her business to make sure the stories she writes are competent--that the forensics in her stories are told correctly and NOT sensationalistic and unreal--like you'd see on "CSI". In fact, we NEVER watch any of the "CSI" shows in our house because my wife is afraid this misinformation could somehow make it into her books. It's also kind of weird having a wife like this, as cops and coroners are among her best friends, we've watched SEVERAL shows about the body farm in Tennessee and attending autopsies is not unheard that unusual (ewwwww!!). She is very thorough and is proud that her stories COULD take place in the real world. And so, I knew a lot of what was in this episode of "Frontline". It just confirmed that my wife, for an author, knows her stuff.

This particular episode is about pathologists--those medical examiners who work with police to solve crime or investigate deaths that MIGHT be due to foul play. The show is filled with information that might surprise people--such as that coroners are often elected officials who might not even be doctors or even have college degrees! And, the competent coroners (and according to the show there a lot of incompetent ones) cannot solve crimes in fantastical ways like you often see on TV. It is NOT glamorous and it is not always an exact science.

I loved this show because it dispels so many myths. It also educates the viewer to understand the process and its possible shortcomings. In addition, if you are squeamish, they really don't get that graphic in this episode. Well worth seeing.

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