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  • Harvest of Corneas at Morgue Questioned

    The Times exposed an extensive abuse of a little-known state law that allowed the Los Angeles County Dept. of Coroner/Medical Examiner to sell thousands of corneas from homicide, suicide and accident victims without the knowledge or permission from the next-of-kin, many of whom were within easy reach by telephone or death scenes. Under a "cost recovery" contract, the county collected between $215 and $335 per pair of corneas recovered by a prominent local eye bank, which then marked up the tissue 1,400 % to transplant institutions. The pressure to use the county morgue as a source of corneas was so great that some former eye bank technicians said the practice bordered on the ghoulish, with tissue taken in some cases from dead donors considered medically risky under federal guidelines.
  • Dead in the Water

    City Paper investigates the possible murder of Sean Hinton, a Baltimore City police trainee found floating off Manhattan with his wrists tied together. Based on dubious evidence, the New York medical examiner ruled Hinton's death a suicide thereby cutting short a homicide investigation that might have linked Hinton's death to his threats of disclosing police corruption.
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    Texas Monthly investigates how Marie Robards murdered her own father by stealing barium acetate from her high school chemistry lab and slipping it into her father's refried beans. Police and medical examiners never detected the crime and only with the help of Marie's close friend, Stacey High, was Marie caught. (July 1996)
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    Dateline NBC showed that the Coroner's Office was terribly understaffed and its pathologists overworked. Work standards at the Coroner's Office were below those set by the National Association fo Medical Examiners. Dateline's hidden camera video showed that the LA Coroner's office was so overburdened that it had literally run our to space to keep bodies-some were stored on the floor. (March 10, 1995)
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    The investigation uncovered the callous mistreatment of the deceased and their cremated remains by a local crematory. Dozens of area funeral homes and medical examiner offices had used the facility before the WFTS-TV report. Undercover video shows that plant manager violating industry standards. He also admits swithcing and mixing ashes of the deceased and dumping ashes in the parking lot. (Nov. 23, 24 & 27, 1995)
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    The story uncovers evidence that an Idaho death row inmate probably didn't commit the crime he's accused of. This story differs from the usual jail cell claims of innocence in that there is hard, physical evidence supporting the inmate's claim. Further, the story dug up evidence that the man who did the autopsy, Oregon's former state medical examiner, told different stories in the trials fo different defendants, and taht his version of events did not square with the evidence at the scene. (March 5, 1995)
  • Last Rights

    WSMV-TV found that "for more than two decades, the University of Tennessee has conducted death research, using real bodies. Research unlike any other in the world. The studies are publicly-funded, though no one has ever questioned the methods and ethics behind them." The investigation "uncovered shocking violations of state law, disregard for veterans rights and the deception of grieving families."
  • Fatal medical 'misadventures' kept under wraps

    "A News and Observer review shows errors at North Carolina hospitals kill patients at least twice a month, but these mistakes remain largely secret even from the victims' families."
  • Cause of Death: Unknown

    The St. Louis Post Dispatch asks "Is it possible to get away with murder in Missouri?...(Reporters) spent three months combing death certificates and interviewing county coroners, grieving family members, and professional death experts to find out how well Missouri's death-investigation system works. They found a shockingly haphazard system for determining how someone dies, with death investigations varying widely from county to county and from case to case."
  • Bodies of Evidence

    WBTV uncovers deliberate inaccuracies that were put forth by members of the Charlotte Police Department as they tried to explain their handling of ten different murder investigations. Ten young black women had died in less than two years, allegedly at the hands of a serial killer, under similar circumstances which should have led police to develop one suspect. A confession finally led police to tie the killings together despite the long list of clues, April 27, 1994.