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

  • Published: 20 May 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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Comments • 6 306

  • noah
    noah  1 days back

    6 months is normal. 1 year is possible. It's the one field that's always hiring.

    • Exantius E
      Exantius E  3 days back

      I thought he was going to talk about the company that offered to perform autopsy on the body of an old woman, but instead she was sold to the military to be used for explosives testing. Investigators found other horrors when searching the place, including a corpse of a woman hanging on the wall for "decoration" and a body of a large man that had its head cut off and replaced with the head of a small woman. I'm not joking, this actualy happened. The company charged money for its "services" as well

      • Emily Jones
        Emily Jones  4 days back

        This is absolutely my ideal career. I'm in second year med school, but the student debt problem in this country might keep many of us from our dreams. Many others, like me, are over 1,000,000 in debt and when it comes to residency searching we may have to choose rural med for some sort of repayment plan. It sucks. It really does. @LastWeekTonight solve our education system too? K thanks :)

        • Anil Palan
          Anil Palan  5 days back

          1. It is important to remember, especially as an audience member of a show that brings to light the dysfunction in our society, that our society on the whole is one of the most functional societies on the planet. Don't feel too cynical.
          2. Having said that, there is always a need to bring to light dysfunction, and that's where this show exists. Just remember that it isn't all dysfunction, in fact it mostly functions.

          • Malcolm Antonio
            Malcolm Antonio  6 days back

            that flash drive shit is

            • Inalienable Rights
              Inalienable Rights  6 days back

              Dead people can't pay taxes. Therefore no one cares in the government about the dead.

              • Michael-Paul Thompson
                Michael-Paul Thompson  6 days back

                "To you this is much more than a piece of paper?"

                • Alex Gallegos
                  Alex Gallegos  1 weeks back

                  While I ordinarily agree with what John says on the show, I think the coroner who was interviewed about the burned out car had a somewhat valid point. I'm going to do some more research to see where the coroner's responsibility is supposed to start and stop in the process but I think it's a problem that we ridicule that statement - "there's no way to say". To me, it sounds like what he's saying is, yes, if you consider all the evidence - where the car was in relation to the police station, possibly whether the car was tampered with or accelerants were used (don't know the case, just an example) then you can form a picture overall as to whether something is a crime or not. But that shouldn't be his job as a criminal investigator - it should be to examine the body and determine a cause of death - in this case, was it the fire, or was the body already dead when the car burned? Why did the car burn? Was it an accident? A faulty car? A homicide? An investigation will have to be done and I am not saying that it shouldn't - and it's wrong that the whole decision as to whether that happens or not is based on the cause of death the coroner identifies. But that doesn't change the fact that I think the coroner is correct to say that he cannot and should not be making any of those decisions based on the evidence he can see an examine: the corpse. Anything else would be nothing more than speculation.

                  • WeedWhacker2010
                    WeedWhacker2010  1 weeks back

                    Glenn Close and Tracy Morgan...Add Meryl Streep and you'd have a Trifecta!

                    • magnus nielsen
                      magnus nielsen  1 weeks back

                      That forever joke is too soon 😭

                      • Caitlyn Ford
                        Caitlyn Ford  2 weeks back

                        As a fan of Daniel O’Brien I can totally hear his writing in this and I love it.

                        • Theodore Manthovani
                          Theodore Manthovani  2 weeks back

                          What's with USC?

                          • Nobby Barnes
                            Nobby Barnes  2 weeks back

                            You just know all those embarrassing dodgy fucks are Republicans.

                            • Nobby Barnes
                              Nobby Barnes  2 weeks back

                              America is appalling.

                              • RaringYapper14
                                RaringYapper14  2 weeks back

                                “What would you do if the person your interviewing for negligence of a corpse just stops talking and stares at you with out so much as a peep?”

                                • She Fain
                                  She Fain  2 weeks back

                                  Ed Sheeran has a better story than Bran the useless.

                                  • FranzmusAusus Puffgrinker

                                    Who else sees John Merrick in David Lynch's "The Elephant Man" as an analogy for mental illness? Perhaps, the illness is of the undiagnosed nature, not necessarily schizophrenia but a misrepresented psychopathy, or even one of a contagious sort.
                                    Who else thinks there is a Vasilius running body parts for Renaissance pharmacy on the black market?

                                    • End-Gamer
                                      End-Gamer  2 weeks back

                                      You know Shawn was fucking those dead women.

                                      • Isabel Kalestiantz
                                        Isabel Kalestiantz  2 weeks back

                                        this is one of my favorite episodes. i showed it to my friend while we were high and we binged half of your show while stoned as fuck.

                                        • Corey Welton
                                          Corey Welton  2 weeks back

                                          As horrifying as it is, that clip of Charles Harlan being questioned about a dog eating a spleen just kills me. I'm 98 percent sure the interviewer was in danger of being eaten alive

                                          • Daniel Svendsen
                                            Daniel Svendsen  2 weeks back

                                            I'm not American, but I really do appreciate the topics John Oliver and his show sheds some light on and my conclusion is that the USA has some serious issues about a lot of important matters.

                                            • Rutwik sakhare
                                              Rutwik sakhare  2 weeks back

                                              It's my dick in a box!🎶
                                              - Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake.

                                              • Christopher Morley
                                                Christopher Morley  2 weeks back

                                                just goes to show, people show no respect to you, even in death.

                                                • jimmy wrangles
                                                  jimmy wrangles  3 weeks back

                                                  America is more and more 3rd world every day.

                                                  • Happy Abby Arts
                                                    Happy Abby Arts  3 weeks back

                                                    Looks to left and right. I guess Psyduck and a Shark are coroners

                                                    • Dalton Gragg
                                                      Dalton Gragg  3 weeks back

                                                      “Put some respect on her spleen!”
                                                      Nice Birdman allusion Mr. Oliver.

                                                      • Lenny the burger
                                                        Lenny the burger  3 weeks back

                                                        being angry at Donald trump saying things in a truck is like being angry that the popcorn doesn't taste good from the dumpster fire behind the grocery store

                                                        • FO Biggles
                                                          FO Biggles  3 weeks back

                                                          Good Ol' Boys. Eeewwwwww! At least they don't talk much, or at all.

                                                          • Prasanna Surange
                                                            Prasanna Surange  4 weeks back

                                                            Glenn Close killed it....


                                                            • Idontknow WhoIam
                                                              Idontknow WhoIam  4 weeks back

                                                              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  4 weeks back

                                                                Forever was an amazing show!

                                                                • Chien Yang
                                                                  Chien Yang  4 weeks back

                                                                  _A death certificate isn't like a degree from USC. It actually means something._


                                                                  • MartinkaMich
                                                                    MartinkaMich  4 weeks back

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

                                                                    • WeirdWild Weed
                                                                      WeirdWild Weed  4 weeks back

                                                                      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  4 weeks back

                                                                        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 weeks back

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

                                                                          • TEAM BENTLEY
                                                                            TEAM BENTLEY  4 weeks back

                                                                            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  4 weeks back

                                                                              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  1 months back

                                                                                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  1 months back

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

                                                                                  • nogosnoqt
                                                                                    nogosnoqt  1 months back

                                                                                    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  1 months back

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

                                                                                      • Živa Smodiš
                                                                                        Živa Smodiš  1 months back

                                                                                        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  1 months back

                                                                                          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."

                                                                                          • Geleeuw
                                                                                            Geleeuw  1 months back

                                                                                            America, the richest country in africa.

                                                                                            • Spencer Dickson
                                                                                              Spencer Dickson  1 months back

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

                                                                                              • Ricky Boii
                                                                                                Ricky Boii  1 months back

                                                                                                The US is transforming into a third world country

                                                                                                • Willy Beamish
                                                                                                  Willy Beamish  1 months back

                                                                                                  #godisgood LOL