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The Medicolegal Death Investigator
An Evolution in Crime Scene Investigations Relating to Unexpected Deaths

(Released October 2008)

 
  by Emil Moldovan  

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  1. Two Bodies Discovered in the Home of Federal Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow; Scott Olson, Getty Images 03-01-2005
    CHICAGO - MARCH 1: A Chicago Police officer guards home (C) where Michael Lefkow and Donna Humphrey, the husband and mother of United States District Judge Joan Lefkow, were found murdered March 1, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. White supremacist Matt Hale, leader of the World Church of the Creator, is in prison for soliciting the murder of Judge Lefkow after she ruled in a case of trademark infringement against him for the use of the name "World Church of the Creator." Hale was convicted of soliciting one of his followers, an FBI informant, to kill Lefkow. However, authorities have given no indication that the two deaths are related to the earlier case. Judge Lefkow discovered the bodies in her home last night.


  2. SAEED KHAN, Agence France Presse 08-08-2004
    A Royal Welsh Fusilier keeps watch from the hatch of a Land Rover during a patrol on the road from the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr to the city of Basra 07 August 2004. Britain's military police have opened investigations into the suspicious deaths of 48 Iraqis, a jump of nearly a third from the figures previously disclosed by the defence ministry, a British newspaper reported. The Ministry of Defence has also said that armed forces police have investigated, or are still looking into, an overall total of 94 cases of alleged deaths in custody, illegal shootings, injuries and suspected ill treatment involving British troops, according to the Independent on Sunday. Officials, the newspaer said, have admitted that those figures are set to climb further still.


  3. Investigation Begins Into Deadly Rhode Island Nightclub Fire; Doug McFadd, Getty Images 02-26-2003
    WEST WARWICK, RI - FEBRUARY 26: Two women mourn at a makeshift memorial at the site of the deadly fire at The Station nightclub February 26, 2003 in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The fire started when a pyrotechnics display during a Great White concert on February 20, 2003 set fire to the club, taking the lives of at least 96 people.


  4. CHUCK KENNEDY, KRT Photos 10-22-2001
    WASHINGTON, DC - Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, joined by Vince Sombrotto, President of the National Assoc. of Letter Carriers, left, and Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, right briefs reporters on the onging investigation of Anthrax tainted mail and the deaths of two letter carriers.


  5. Police guard the Europe Garment factory, where at least 20 garment workers were killed in a stampede as some workers try to look inside the factory 09 August 2001 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Officals resumed an investigation into the deaths of 20 workers who were killed in the stampede after a fire at the garment factory that sparked protest by workers unions.
    JEWEL SAMAD, Agence France Presse 08-09-2001
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  1. Virendra Kumar
    Lecturer, Forensic Unit, University of Malaya
    virendrakr@um.edu.my
    From Publication Abstracts: natural deaths. Data were collected from 545 sudden natural autopsies in UMMC, Kuala Lumpur over a five.... The largest number of sudden natural deaths was in the age group of 41-50 years. 35.8%, 30.5% and 11.7... is to present the different epidemiological and medicolegal aspects of poisoning deaths in the married women

  2. Philippe Lunetta
    Specialist, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki
    philippe.lunetta@helsinki.fi
    From Publication Titles: Sudden death associated with a multifocal type II hemangioendothelioma of the liver in a 3-month-old infant....Surveillance of injury-related deaths: medicolegal autopsy rates and trends in Finland....Surveillance of injury-related deaths: medicolegal autopsy rates and trends in Finland

  3. Mary Fran Ernst
    Professor, Department of Pathology, Saint Louis University
    http://path.slu.edu/facultycvs/ernst.pdf
    From Publication Titles: The lay death investigator: in search of a common ground....Developing medicolegal death investigator systems in forensic pathology....Evaluation of medicolegal investigators' suspicions and positive toxicology findings in 100 drug deaths.

  4. John C. Hunsaker
    Associate Professor, Joint Appointment, University of Kentucky
    http://www.mc.uky.edu/pathology/directory/fac_profile.asp?id=13
    From Publication Abstracts: Elder abuse and neglect refers to an act or omission resulting in harm, including death... categories: 1) medicolegal autopsies and 2) examinations of living subjects pursuant to a Clinical Forensic Medicine Program. The authors present 74 postmortem cases, in which 52 deaths were... greatly enhances the medicolegal death investigator's ability to reconstruct the fatal event as a means

  5. Carlos T. Escoffery
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Pathology, University of the West Indies at St. Augustine
    cescoffy@cwjamaica.com
    From Publication Abstracts: %) cases. Cocaine and ackee were each implicated in two (9%) cases. The manner of death was suicidal...Medicolegal (coroner's) autopsies are an important source of epidemiological data. A large proportion of them comprise sudden natural deaths and an analysis of such cases has never been undertaken.... In a retrospective study, 841 cases of sudden natural deaths comprising 51.3% of the medicolegal autopsies conducted

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