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Sandbox Wars – End of Life Battles

Stephanie Payne, author of The Sandbox Wars, talks about the battles that can occur when end of life planning is not completed. As Coroners, Medical Examiners, and death investigators we can be faced with families unprepared for a death of a loved one.  You may also be faced with the “long lost” family member that…

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Crime Scene Tech | Stefanie Elliott CST

Forensics is the study of the past as it relates to the present.  Criminal forensic is applying  science  to the law. In short it’s the study of known science and relating it to a crime scene for the determination and prosecution of a crime.  Many men and women are specially trained to collect evidence and in…

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Critical Roles Managing ME & Coroner Offices

Critical Role of Managers and Administrators in a Medical Examiner/Coroner Office Paul R. Parker III, B.S., D-ABMDI Overview There is no greater honor than writing the last chapter of someone’s life story. As medicolegal death investigators, that is what we do and, for the most part, we do it well. With seemingly innumerable courses, electronic…

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Autoerotic Fatalities – Interpreting the Scene

The scene of an autoerotic death can hold a wide variety of problems and issues for the investigator. Filled with deceiving information and abnormal behavior, these scenes offer challenges to even the most seasoned investigator. However, it is vital that you get these scenes worked correctly. First and foremost, it is your job to get…

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Autoerotic Fatalities – Asphyxia

Autoerotic deaths are accidental deaths that occur during solitary sexual activity in which some type of apparatus that was used to enhance the sexual stimulation of the deceased caused the unintentional death. The prevalence of auto-erotic fatalities is difficult to calculate, since a coroner often records a verdict of accident or misadventure. It is under…

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Why We Love Serial Killers – Dr. Scott Bonn

 Serial killers hold the fascination of the public, whether in true crime news accounts of individuals such as Ted Bundy or fictional depictions such as the television shows Dexter and Criminal Minds or popular movies such as the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” or “Silence of the Lambs.” Serial killers seem so purely predatory and…

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Death Notifications | CT14

Death notification is acknowledged to be one of the most difficult tasks faced by law enforcement officers and other professionals, because learning of the death of a loved one often is the most traumatic event in a person’s life. The moment of notification is one that most people remember very vividly for the rest of…

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Matthew Lunn, MS F-ABMDI | CT7

Matthew Lunn is a Medicolegal Death Investigator  for the Aprapahoe County, Co.  Coroner’s office, and  an instructor for an online degree program  with Binghamton University.  He holds the position of Vice President for the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators    Mr. Lunn is widely excepted as an expert in the field of Death Investigation and…

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