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

  • Published on May 20, 2019
  • America’s system for conducting death investigations is a mess. John Oliver explains why we should all be a little more concerned about fixing it.
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  • Prasanna Surange
    Prasanna Surange 12 hours ago

    Glenn Close killed it....

  • Idontknow WhoIam
    Idontknow WhoIam 13 hours ago

    The fuck is wrong with the USA. In Greece to become a coroner you have to finish med school and then have 3 years of "residency" on being a coroner. And then you become one, and you get paid more than doctors, who have been residents for more years (4-6 unlike coroners)

  • gemcitygirl05
    gemcitygirl05 Day ago

    Forever was an amazing show!

  • Chien Yang
    Chien Yang Day ago +1

    "A death certificate isn't like a degree from USC. It actually meant something."

  • MartinkaMich
    MartinkaMich 2 days ago

    The more I watch these, the more I realize that EVERYTHING is [email protected]#$%

  • WeirdWild Weed
    WeirdWild Weed 3 days ago

    NRA should pay for all autopsy' in the hole country. If We believe in the blasferml of saying " trusting in God", when it is guns and killings and preachers, who makes God's seeds for sale in a greedy capitalism, that is destroying, my sweet America. .Thank you for Your enlightening & amusing show. May our Lord bless you & yours ;)

  • Martha H
    Martha H 3 days ago +1

    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 sign the 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, they 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 4 days ago +1

    First rule of working in a lab, no food or drink.

    TEAM BENTLEY 5 days ago

    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
    JeevesReturns 6 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 6 days ago +1

    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 6 days ago +1

    i swear to god real life is just a motherfucking cartoon with shit writing

  • nogosnoqt
    nogosnoqt 6 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 6 days ago

    18:31 Still better than GOT’s actual ending.

  • Živa Smodiš
    Živa Smodiš 7 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
    dusttracks 7 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 7 days ago

    Only in the south.

  • Starscribe
    Starscribe 8 days ago

    America, the richest country in africa.

  • Spencer Dickson
    Spencer Dickson 9 days ago

    The main take away I took from This is small town southerners are crooked and borderline retarded

  • Ricky Boii
    Ricky Boii 9 days ago

    The US is transforming into a third world country

  • Willy Beamish
    Willy Beamish 9 days ago

    #godisgood LOL

  • Andrew Gelman
    Andrew Gelman 9 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 10 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 10 days ago

    "#godisgood" BURN!

  • sistakia33
    sistakia33 11 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 11 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 10 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 11 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
    MegumiMary 11 days ago

    As a fan of the show Forever that joke is one I've made myself :p

  • LB2007
    LB2007 11 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 12 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. 13 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 13 days ago

    Just bring in Olivia Moore am I right?

  • Annie Johnson
    Annie Johnson 13 days ago

    Wow. This guy is in Johnson County, KS? And they call us in Wyandotte ghetto?!? I call bullshit...

  • guthax30
    guthax30 13 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
    A 14 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
    Alex 14 days ago

    You listen here, Squirt is fucking delicious!

  • Omri D
    Omri D 16 days ago +1

    21:17 you sure about that Tracy, Walmart been kinda hot lately

  • EverettBurger
    EverettBurger 16 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 16 days ago

    Mungo. Confirmed. Just checked 😏

  • kangaxx
    kangaxx 17 days ago


  • CLP
    CLP 17 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
    likira111 17 days ago

    "Smart is always better when it's coupled with..."

    • Dee Cross
      Dee Cross 17 days ago

      Get it? 'Cause they're _women_ !

  • MrShelbyGTman
    MrShelbyGTman 17 days ago

    He's dead apparently. Also, despite his license being revoked he is still listed as being a doctor:

  • Christopher Builder
    Christopher Builder 18 days ago

    What an amazing country. 🇺🇸

  • Bob l'éponge
    Bob l'éponge 18 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 19 days ago


  • Bmac1968 Ireland68
    Bmac1968 Ireland68 19 days ago

    This is @#$% unbelievable, will this country every come out of the dark ages wtf

  • Hibou Owll
    Hibou Owll 19 days ago

    So, now we know wht the Lockness Monster asked for Tree Fitty.

  • vladimir cruz
    vladimir cruz 19 days ago

    That's sick.

  • frank doster
    frank doster 20 days ago

    Americans are too busy killing people in wars to bother with autopsy.

  • kamenkewl
    kamenkewl 20 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
    ankhi3 20 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 21 day ago

    Whenever outsourcing and private contractors are involved quality and results go downhill

  • TheMrsar28
    TheMrsar28 21 day ago

    In the UK, you have to be a qualified lawyer to be able to become a coroner.

  • Tiaan Strauss
    Tiaan Strauss 21 day ago

    Founding fathers warned about govt tyranny. 2A is there for a reason....shoot the cops! 🤘

  • Kaneda Shotaro
    Kaneda Shotaro 22 days ago

    That is really a HUUUUUGE problem

  • joel dawson
    joel dawson 22 days ago

    Yeh yeah... do rape kits next. Thousands and thousands unprocessed.

  • Shayla McGrady
    Shayla McGrady 22 days ago +1

    And NOW you have your answer to how people "accidentally" die in small town, police dept jail cells.

  • caro vogel
    caro vogel 23 days ago

    Should not have been eating watching this

  • informitas 0
    informitas 0 23 days ago

    This is just sad. Glad it's not like that here in Scandinavia.

  • DJDevon3
    DJDevon3 23 days ago

    21:00 cue the Idiocracy voice. Welcome to the 21st century. :/

  • TheHeroOfTomorrow
    TheHeroOfTomorrow 24 days ago

    "Humungo" Grant.

  • Rob Bradley
    Rob Bradley 24 days 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
    Mikhael37 25 days ago

    The United States has become a country of knaves who simply don't give two shits about the common good...

  • tompraeger
    tompraeger 25 days ago

    A Dr. Shelly who mistreats organs and no Frankenstein joke?

  • lhia0416
    lhia0416 27 days ago

    1:25 as a Bruin, I approve this message.

  • Eric Hanson
    Eric Hanson 28 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 28 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

    What the actual fuck America?!

  • just1desi
    just1desi Month ago

    Heeeyyy I loved forever. It was really good

  • SUPERchakalaka1
    SUPERchakalaka1 Month ago

    To be fair that guy's mouth looks like a partly healed wound. No wonder he didn't answer.

  • Andrew Benestante
    Andrew Benestante Month ago

    Since when does Tracy Morgan have a Oscar?

  • Kevin G Conroy
    Kevin G Conroy Month ago

    How did this system start

  • Kevin G Conroy
    Kevin G Conroy Month ago

    The best medical examiner programme was Quincy.