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 • 6 262

  • Chien Yang
    Chien Yang  2 hours back

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


    • MartinkaMich
      MartinkaMich  14 hours back

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

      • WeirdWild Weed
        WeirdWild Weed  2 days 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  2 days 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  3 days back

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

            • TEAM BENTLEY
              TEAM BENTLEY  3 days 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 days 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  5 days 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  5 days back

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

                    • nogosnoqt
                      nogosnoqt  5 days 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  5 days back

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

                        • Živa Smodiš
                          Živa Smodiš  5 days 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  6 days 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."

                            • DAK TOE
                              DAK TOE  6 days back

                              Only in the south.

                              • Starscribe
                                Starscribe  1 weeks back

                                America, the richest country in africa.

                                • Spencer Dickson
                                  Spencer Dickson  1 weeks back

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

                                  • Ricky Boii
                                    Ricky Boii  1 weeks back

                                    The US is transforming into a third world country

                                    • Willy Beamish
                                      Willy Beamish  1 weeks back

                                      #godisgood LOL

                                      • Andrew Gelman
                                        Andrew Gelman  1 weeks back

                                        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  1 weeks back

                                          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  1 weeks back

                                            "#godisgood" BURN!

                                            • sistakia33
                                              sistakia33  1 weeks back

                                              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  1 weeks back

                                                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  1 weeks back

                                                  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  1 weeks back

                                                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  1 weeks back

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

                                                  • LB2007
                                                    LB2007  1 weeks back

                                                    Hugh Mungo Grant! lol The other person who should definitely publicize his middle name is former special counsel Robert Mueller

                                                    • Jeff Bristow
                                                      Jeff Bristow  1 weeks back

                                                      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.  2 weeks back

                                                          Parcels is clearly mentally challenged. Doesn't excuse anything he's done but that guy is straight-up retarded.

                                                          • Jadzia Lightowler
                                                            Jadzia Lightowler  2 weeks back

                                                            Just bring in Olivia Moore am I right?

                                                            • Annie Johnson
                                                              Annie Johnson  2 weeks back

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

                                                              • guthax30
                                                                guthax30  2 weeks back

                                                                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  2 weeks back

                                                                  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  2 weeks back

                                                                    You listen here, Squirt is fucking delicious!

                                                                    • Omri D
                                                                      Omri D  2 weeks back

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

                                                                      • EverettBurger
                                                                        EverettBurger  2 weeks back

                                                                        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  2 weeks back

                                                                          Mungo. Confirmed. Just checked 😏

                                                                          • kangaxx
                                                                            kangaxx  2 weeks back



                                                                            • CLP
                                                                              CLP  2 weeks back

                                                                              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  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                • Dee Cross
                                                                                  Dee Cross  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Get it? 'Cause they're _women_ !

                                                                              • MrShelbyGTman
                                                                                MrShelbyGTman  2 weeks back

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


                                                                                • Christopher Builder
                                                                                  Christopher Builder  2 weeks back

                                                                                  What an amazing country. 🇺🇸

                                                                                  • Bob l'éponge
                                                                                    Bob l'éponge  2 weeks back

                                                                                    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  2 weeks back


                                                                                      • Bmac1968 Ireland68
                                                                                        Bmac1968 Ireland68  2 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • Hibou Owll
                                                                                          Hibou Owll  3 weeks back

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

                                                                                          • vladimir cruz
                                                                                            vladimir cruz  3 weeks back

                                                                                            That's sick.

                                                                                            • frank doster
                                                                                              frank doster  3 weeks back

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