Death Investigations: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Martha H
Martha H - 13 hours ago
Terrifying episode. Almost unbelievable.
I was born in a third world country, and the way this is handled there is different. In natural deaths medical doctors signs your death certificate after external examination of the body and medical records, if there is indication of violence involved (homicide, suicide, car accident, poisoning, unknown origin) there is a report filed by authorities and autopsy is mandated before the family can get the body for burial or cremation. In big cities the autopsy is performed in by pathologists, and in rural areas it is performed in a section of the public cementery, by one of the medical doctors in town who works for the public hospital. Usually that responsibility is rotated or assigned to the newest one in the mandatory Social Service Year. And because it is expected from them all the MD's had spent at least six months from the whole career devoted to what is called Medicina Legal, learning the procedures and skills to determine how a person died.
Bella’s Mom
Bella’s Mom - Day ago
First rule of working in a lab, no food or drink.
Ok men, forward to 14:28 and tell me that isn’t the best ass you’ve seen in your life holy shit does ANYONE know this woman’s name,?
JeevesReturns - 2 days ago
I imagine that a good many felons might be more than qualified for the job. They’d know the ins and outs... and Ins again of... oh, now I’m getting nauseous, but you get the point.
koila maoh
koila maoh - 3 days ago
Oh come on, its the bible belt... Low standards of education... Thats too easy of a job for you to poke fun at... do something harder..
Moral of the story. Avoid those states like the plague. If you enjoy low cost of living, its a easy place to retire in; and if you wonder why it has low cost of living...
Tucker Bowen
Tucker Bowen - 3 days ago
i swear to god real life is just a motherfucking cartoon with shit writing
nogosnoqt - 3 days ago
I live in Georgia and can confirm the coroner is elected. I was shocked when I first learned this. I was far more shocked when I learned that a close family member had actually been a coroner in the past, despite a complete lack of medical training. They're family, but... they really shouldn't have been doing something like that. They've portrayed it as not much more than being someone who had to declare a person dead and what was to be done. Granted, they also had to follow rules about what happened to the body, especially concerning when an autopsy must be performed. They say that they'd been hounded by families wanting the remains of a loved one returned immediately that were enraged when told that the situation required, by nature of the scenario, an autopsy. I'd like to think they did well in the position, but you can't substitute proper training...
Zach Goff
Zach Goff - 3 days ago
18:31 Still better than GOT’s actual ending.
Živa Smodiš
Živa Smodiš - 3 days ago
I am sorry, but how is USA such a cesspool and yet it's people continually claim that it's the best country in the world?
dusttracks - 3 days ago
Yes, the subject matter is serious and often appalling, but this is one of LWT's funniest segments, along with Alex Jones and Brexit II.
"It. Will be. A Shitshow."
DAK TOE - 3 days ago
Only in the south.
Starscribe - 5 days ago
America, the richest country in africa.
Spencer Dickson
Spencer Dickson - 5 days ago
The main take away I took from This is small town southerners are crooked and borderline retarded
Ricky Boii
Ricky Boii - 5 days ago
The US is transforming into a third world country
Willy Beamish
Willy Beamish - 6 days ago
Andrew Gelman
Andrew Gelman - 6 days ago
anyone else notice the guy at 4:00 and 11:18 are the same, despite listing two different positions in two different states?
The Crafty Cyborg
The Crafty Cyborg - 6 days ago
When my little brother died, we knew why- he died in the throes of a status grande mal seizure. But as he was on several experimental meds and his brain damage was the result of a malpractice, he had to have a full autopsy. We got his remains less than 2 weeks later, in time for the funeral, but it was *18 MONTHS* before the autopsy results were released. After hearing the woman’s story of struggling due to not getting life insurance funds in a timely fashion, I wonder if my parents also had to wait and thus pay for those massive hospital bills on their own- I’m betting they did.
Nathan Matusek
Nathan Matusek - 7 days ago
"#godisgood" BURN!
sistakia33 - 7 days ago
You should probably feed your dog better dog food or at least "some" dog food so he doesn't eat the organs of people like Hannibal Lecter! Next your dog will demand fava beans!
Allan Stokes
Allan Stokes - 7 days ago
Disappointing economics. Life expectancy is 70+ years. We're looking at $200–$300 per capita over a normal lifetime, to investigate a small fractions of deaths. Not huge, but not insignificant, either.
Gnome de Plume
Gnome de Plume - 7 days ago
Govt spends trillions on making people dead, least they could do is set a bit more aside for peeps after they dead
Allan Stokes
Allan Stokes - 7 days ago
I thought he was going to say "moist" not "molest" and it would have been so much better. "Yay! Daddy brought home a new moist!"
MegumiMary - 8 days ago
As a fan of the show Forever that joke is one I've made myself :p
LB2007 - 8 days ago
Hugh Mungo Grant! lol The other person who should definitely publicize his middle name is former special counsel Robert Mueller
Jeff Bristow
Jeff Bristow - 8 days ago
In our county the coroner is one of the local undertakers. He actually does a surprisingly good job at it.
SystemsOverSymptoms VisionWithVenture
That ending, though. Brilliant.
Jess C.
Jess C. - 9 days ago
Parcels is clearly mentally challenged. Doesn't excuse anything he's done but that guy is straight-up retarded.
Jadzia Lightowler
Jadzia Lightowler - 10 days ago
Just bring in Olivia Moore am I right?
Annie Johnson
Annie Johnson - 10 days ago
Wow. This guy is in Johnson County, KS? And they call us in Wyandotte ghetto?!? I call bullshit...
guthax30 - 10 days ago
i think in the American south the system is basically a trailer with a floor-drain in it. Whenever they get a body the Sherif/mayor/treasurer/beet farmer/coroner just goes in there and pins a post-it note to the body that says "some nigger did it".
A - 11 days ago
remember how the sheriffs in Making a Murderer blocked the coroner from looking at Theresa Halbach's remains? And they threatened her when she told them it was law to let the coroner see any body found by the police.
Alex - 11 days ago
You listen here, Squirt is fucking delicious!
Omri D
Omri D - 12 days ago
21:17 you sure about that Tracy, Walmart been kinda hot lately
EverettBurger - 13 days ago
In high school, I had a classmate whose dad was the state medical examiner (New Hampshire). He mentioned that people were upset that he was the highest paid state employee (as opposed to a college football coach, I guess). His reply was that in his role, he was a medical doctor, lawyer, and expert witness rolled into one.
Alex Spevak
Alex Spevak - 13 days ago
Mungo. Confirmed. Just checked 😏
kangaxx - 14 days ago
CLP - 14 days ago
Quincy, M.E. used to be my favorite show. I;m glad to know he wasn't just a god damn moonlighting hairdresser.
likira111 - 14 days ago
"Smart is always better when it's coupled with..."
Dee Cross
Dee Cross - 14 days ago
Get it? 'Cause they're _women_ !
MrShelbyGTman - 14 days ago
He's dead apparently. Also, despite his license being revoked he is still listed as being a doctor:
Christopher Builder
Christopher Builder - 15 days ago
What an amazing country. 🇺🇸
Bob l'éponge
Bob l'éponge - 15 days ago
Shady Shawn must be the guy from this story "A girl's unusual medical condition led to the discovery that the boy she'd been intimate with had been having sex with (or eating) corpses. "
Maxinator Prime
Maxinator Prime - 15 days ago
Bmac1968 Ireland68
Bmac1968 Ireland68 - 15 days ago
This is @#$% unbelievable, will this country every come out of the dark ages wtf
Hibou Owll
Hibou Owll - 16 days ago
So, now we know wht the Lockness Monster asked for Tree Fitty.
vladimir cruz
vladimir cruz - 16 days ago
That's sick.
frank doster
frank doster - 17 days ago
Americans are too busy killing people in wars to bother with autopsy.
kamenkewl - 17 days ago
as a well timed related story, apparently a coroners office was shut down after the workers there were found to be using the bodies for arts and crafts ala human centipede or dr. frankenstein. they described finding things like "a metal bucket filled with male genitals" or "multiple women's faces sewn onto one head"
so yeah, if your coroners office seems too cheap to be true, it probably is.
ankhi3 - 17 days ago
The most dangerous part for those institutions is probably the vicious cycle that can occu: they are underfunded so they perform worse therefore they get a bad image which results in them getting less funding.
Gio Lag
Gio Lag - 17 days ago
Whenever outsourcing and private contractors are involved quality and results go downhill
TheMrsar28 - 18 days ago
In the UK, you have to be a qualified lawyer to be able to become a coroner.
Tiaan Strauss
Tiaan Strauss - 18 days ago
Founding fathers warned about govt tyranny. 2A is there for a reason....shoot the cops! 🤘
Kaneda Shotaro
Kaneda Shotaro - 19 days ago
That is really a HUUUUUGE problem
joel dawson
joel dawson - 19 days ago
Yeh yeah... do rape kits next. Thousands and thousands unprocessed.
Shayla McGrady
Shayla McGrady - 19 days ago
And NOW you have your answer to how people "accidentally" die in small town, police dept jail cells.
caro vogel
caro vogel - 20 days ago
Should not have been eating watching this
informitas 0
informitas 0 - 20 days ago
This is just sad. Glad it's not like that here in Scandinavia.
DJDevon3 - 20 days ago
21:00 cue the Idiocracy voice. Welcome to the 21st century. :/
TheHeroOfTomorrow - 21 day ago
"Humungo" Grant.
Rob Bradley
Rob Bradley - 21 day ago
Does anyone else find John Oliver painfully unfunny and self congratulatory?
I put up with him in these videos because the subject matter is always so interesting. But they would actually be better without the awkward jokes and forced banter, and just delivered as straight editorial pieces. I respect his work ethic and hustle to get his own mainstream US talk show but he really reminds me of someone who got there on grit and determination and not comedic talent. He is very cringe worthy.
Just wondered how everyone else feels about him. Plus, I am british if that counts for anything, haha
Mikhael37 - 21 day ago
The United States has become a country of knaves who simply don't give two shits about the common good...
tompraeger - 22 days ago
A Dr. Shelly who mistreats organs and no Frankenstein joke?
lhia0416 - 24 days ago
1:25 as a Bruin, I approve this message.
Eric Hanson
Eric Hanson - 24 days ago
I have decided that I don't want to ever die, and now that that's settled, I won't need to deal with the ridiculously fucked up system of medical examinations/coronations.
Rusty Patch
Rusty Patch - 25 days ago
This Georgia coroner has a side job of paranormal investigator. She wrongly blamed a death on natural causes when there was blood found everywhere in the apartment of a dead man. The funeral home employee found the stab wounds in the neck of the dead man.
Stop the madness Please
Stop the madness Please - 27 days ago
What the actual fuck America?!
just1desi - 28 days ago
Heeeyyy I loved forever. It was really good
SUPERchakalaka1 - 28 days ago
To be fair that guy's mouth looks like a partly healed wound. No wonder he didn't answer.
Andrew Benestante
Andrew Benestante - 28 days ago
Since when does Tracy Morgan have a Oscar?
Kevin G Conroy
Kevin G Conroy - 29 days ago
How did this system start
Kevin G Conroy
Kevin G Conroy - 29 days ago
The best medical examiner programme was Quincy.
Mather Focker
Mather Focker - Month ago
Parcells’ drunk. Drinking piss, squirt, and vodka in that cup.
Mather Focker
Mather Focker - Month ago
‘Tis the reason why so many cases are unsolved. Well, at least we have GEDMatch to compensate for incompetence.
Mather Focker
Mather Focker - Month ago
9:42 Nobody better lay a finger on my better butterfinger.
Fuzion180 - Month ago
This guy is from Birmingham!? no way, never actually watched a show of his so never heard him speak lol but always thought he was American going by his chat show being over there. Didn't see that coming!
kate baxter
kate baxter - Month ago
Was watching a program of a true crime. The coroner stated that the person died of a heart attack. The undertaker pointed out the bullet in the back of the head of the corpse. Do you notice that all these bad examples are all in the Republican states??
mike west
mike west - Month ago
Hey now, how do we know that Parcells isn’t just a huge fan of the band Autopsy.
nightmarebug - Month ago
I think the fundamental problem with forensic pathologist shortage is that to get into medical school, you have to be able to say, "I love working with people, I want to take care of their health and care about people's well being. I want to save lives! Hurray healthcare!"
It's kind of the opposite job description of a forensic pathologist.
Also, after getting your undergraduate degree, you need to finish 4 years of med school with $300k+ debt, 4-5 years of residency (starting salary is usually $50k) then you finally get to work at your dream median salary of $176k...
Or you could be a pediatrician or family doctor for only 3 years of residency for the same amount of base salary.
It would seems like 1-2 years isn't much.
But it is. When you know what it's like to be a resident who is immensely overworked and underpaid. Especially after you've been in school for as long as you have and the interest is piling up on that $300k principle.
I would suggest state schools to make a completely new degree. Go the anatomy route, get a master's or PhD. Get education paid for. There will probably be more people who can actually make it through without having to deal with the cut throat process of getting into medical school and trying to compete with the students trying to neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, interventional radiologists and dermatologists. And without all the debt associated with med school.
Medical student
Megan Wilson
Megan Wilson - Month ago
0:00 lol
J Griffin
J Griffin - Month ago
So the saudis employed an American Coroner - possibly Dr Lynn- to determine how Jamal Kashoggi died. ITs all making sense now
William Premo
William Premo - Month ago
Thank you john Oliver w out you I would have no idea what is going on in this country.
Well other than the Kardashian's supreme accomplishments the latest shark attacks "in less than a foot of water," and how many people are waiting in line for the next I phone but wouldn't bother waking into an empty polling location on election day and maybe casting a vote.
tickety boo
tickety boo - Month ago
John Oliver still not as funny as Andy Zaltzman
Krijn van Alten
Krijn van Alten - Month ago
The point is not that he is funny. The point is that is informs you about different issues in the US and worldwide.
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