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  • Death checks due for review

    A follow-up article to The Charlotte Observer's "Grave Secrets" series about the breakdown in North Carolina's death investigations. Following the series, this article relates how state leaders "are calling for a review of the state's troubled medical examiner system and organizing two groups to quickly chart the changes."
  • Case Closed: The medical examiner concluded Tyrone McCollough Jr. hung himself at the City Workhouse. The doctor who treated him wasn't so sure. Neither is his family.

    The Riverfront Times tells the story of Tyrone McCollough Jr., a 17-year-old St. Louis resident who apparently hung himself in his jail cell and later died at St. Louis University Hospital. An emergency room doctor and a sheriff's deputy guarding McCollough's hospital both told his family that he may not have committed suicide. McCollough's family thinks he may have been beaten, however, authorities say the case is closed.
  • Joan Wood

    WFTS-TV discovered "blatant errors made by Dr. Joan Wood, the former medical examiner for Pinellas and Pasco Counties for 18 years. These mistakes resulted in erroneous murder charges against two fathers she accused of shaking their babies to death. Both men spent time in prison until Dr. Wood's errors prompted the state attorney to drop the charges, overturn their convictions and release both men from prison.
  • Bad Doctors

    A Dallas Morning News investigation reveals that the Texas medical board allowed felons to continue practicing as doctors, and let thousands of alleged malpractice cases involving patient death pile in closets and cabinets.
  • My Brother's Keeper

    "Residents of a state-run institution for the developmentally disable and mentally retarded have been physically, emotionally and sexually abused for years. At times medical treatment has been inadequate, and life-threatening. Politics and fear kept employees and families from speaking out. State and federal investigations have been cursory and have not addressed long-term systemic problems." This collection of stories document this abuse and reveal how it was covered.
  • First. tell no one

    This series are an investigation into how the state's medical licensing and discipline agency works in tandem with the private Medical Society of New Jersey to keep impaired and incompetent doctors in practice, and much of their history secret.
  • Corneas removed without permission

    The American-Statesmen investigation of a little-known Texas law that permits corneas to be routinely removed from dead people for transplantation without the knowledge of relatives, and often against their expressed wishes. In Travis County, which includes Austin, the county medical examiner's office granted the Lions Eye Bank of Central Texas permission under the law to remove corneas from 775 bodies during an 18-month period.
  • OxyContin Investigation

    A WWL-TV investigation discovers that OxyContin, a powerful painkiller popular among drug users, could be easily obtained by prescription from certain doctors. Those were writing prescriptions after performing only cursory physicals, and their offices were crowded by drug addicts until late in the night. Many prescriptions have been filled through Medicaid, WWL-TV reports. The investigation sheds light on one specific case - those of Dr. Jacqueline Cleggett - who wrote an OxyContin prescription to a patient whose son died from an injected overdose.
  • Nature of the Beast

    New Times reporter Bob Burtman investigates the record of plastic surgeon Billy Ringer, a man responsible for injuring patients, stealing drugs from his own clinic, and sexually harassing his own staff. In one of his worst cases, Ringer left a needle in a patient's chest as well as a gaping hole in her stomach. Ringer also had continued drug abuse problems that he hid from his patients, as he stole many narcotics from his own practice. Because of the New Times story, the Texas Board of Medical Examiners suspended Ringer's license and the D.E.A. in undertook a narcotics investigation.
  • Death Without A Ripple

    The Los Angeles Times Magazine reports on just one of L.A. County's Jane or John Does that the medical examiners office tries to match with an identity each year. Jane Doe #59 was found in a gully, strangled to death and afterwards burned. No one ever called to claim her and she was never matched to any missing persons reports. Eventually she was cremated and placed into a grave simply marked "1996" in the county cemetery.