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Solving the Riddle of Suspicious Death

As elected coroners were replaced by medical examiners with scientific training, the American public became fascinated with their work. From the grisly investigations showcased on highly rated television shows like CSI to the bestselling mysteries that revolve around forensic science, medical examiners have never been so visible—or compelling. They, and they alone, solve the riddle of suspicious death and the existential questions that come with it. Why did someone die? Could it have been prevented? Should someone be held accountable? What are the implications of ruling a death a suicide, a homicide, or an accident? Can medical examiners unmask the perfect crime?

Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries) goes deep inside the world of medical examiners to uncover the intricate web of social, legal, and moral issues in which they operate. Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examiner’s office following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching autopsies. While he relates fascinating cases here, he is also more broadly interested in the cultural authority and responsibilities that come with being a medical examiner. How medical examiners speak to the living on behalf of the dead is Timmermans’ subject, revealed here in the day-to-day lives of the examiners themselves.

Wilco deputies investigating suspicious death near Parmer Lane

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 17-year-old Round Rock girl was killed and another injured in a crash Thursday evening after a truck driven by another young woman hit their car, according to a news release from Texas Highway Patrol. 

Tonya Olsze and Alexia Scordelis, both 17 years old, were headed southbound in a Plymouth Neon on County Road 117 near Bluffstone Drive in Round Rock.

State troopers say Olsze, who was driving, tried to make a left turn on Bluffstone Drive in front of a Chevy Silverado driven by Jasmine Olguin, 19, of Austin. The truck struck the car on the passenger side.

Read more at: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/williamson-county/wilco-deputies-investigating-suspicious-death-near-parmer-lane/1804288146

Man stabbed to death with kitchen knife. State police want to know why.

The stabbing death of a Corbin man in Knox County on Friday night is under investigation.

About 10 p.m. Friday, Kentucky State Police troopers were called in to help the Knox County Sheriff’s Office after a suspicious death.

After investigating, state police discovered that Charles C. Davidson, 55, of Corbin, had been inside a home in the Walker community at 3159 KY 718 when he was attacked by Jeffery Todd Hammons, 53, of London. Neither man lived at the home, according to police.

Davidson was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife. Two women, one of whom was the owner of the home, took Davidson to Barbourville ARH, where he was pronounced dead.

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State police said that Hammons fled but was found in Whitley County, where he was arrested about 5:47 a.m. Saturday. Hammons is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence; he

Read more at: https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/crime/article226678114.html

Probe launched into ‘suspicious’ death of overseas-based Guyanese in Berbice

The relatives of an overseas-based Guyanese who died in Berbice earlier this month, have called on the police to launch an investigation into his death as they claim that before he succumbed, he had told his siblings that he was beaten.

A probe has since been launched into the death of Kamalodeen Abrahim, also known as ‘Raheem’, 62, who died at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital on February 6. The man was admitted to the hospital on February 1 after his siblings discovered that he had sustained some injuries.

His sister, Bebi Raseeda Amin, of Fyrish Village, Corentyne, yesterday explained that her brother migrated to the US some 30 years ago and returned on vacation several months ago. She said that he was staying at his Whim Village, Corentyne home.

The woman related that she saw her brother during his vacation as he would often visit her. However, in early February, someone told

Read more at: https://www.stabroeknews.com/2019/news/guyana/02/23/probe-launched-into-suspicious-death-of-overseas-based-guyanese-in-berbice/

Police look into suspicious death | Police/Fire | Journal Gazette

Police are investigating the death of a woman who was found in her home at the South Bridge Apartments just after noon Friday.

Family members called police for a well-being check, saying they had not heard from the woman in two days.

The family members met police just after they discovered the woman dead in her apartment in the 8600 block of Lakeside Drive near Tillman Road and Lafayette Street.

The Allen County coroner will rule on the cause and manner of her death once an autopsy is performed.

Her name will be released after that point.

If her death is ruled a homicide, it will be the second in Allen County this year.


Read more at: http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20190223/police-look-into-suspicious-death

Police investigating death, possible fire in south Fargo home

At around 3:40 p.m., police were called to a home at 1809 30th Ave. S. Officials said the deceased person was house sitting and was found when a homeowner returned from vacation, though would not say how long she was gone. Police said it appeared there had been fire in the basement that caused significant damage.

Police identified the deceased person as a man from Fargo, but have not yet released his name. It’s unclear how a fire could have started or how the man died, but so far there’s no evidence that anyone was smoking inside the home.

“At this point it’s hard to say if this is a suspicious death, we just don’t know the answer to that,” said Fargo Police Sgt. Mike Bernier.

Read more at: https://www.inforum.com/news/fires/975508-Police-investigating-death-possible-fire-in-south-Fargo-home

Readers Write: That iconic V-J Day kiss, problems with mail service, scrutiny of elder care, confusing Driver and Vehicle Services, Jon Bream review of Elton John concert

I read Monica Hesse’s Feb. 21 commentary about the famous end-of-World-War-II “kiss” photo. (“In the MeToo era, a kiss is not just a kiss. Maybe it never was.”) If my mother were alive today, she would be highly offended by anyone who would attempt to make the photo smarmy. She would tell them: “If you weren’t there; you don’t know what it was like when that war ended.”

She was newly married when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Two years later, my father, at 33, was drafted into the Navy and shipped out for the South Pacific, leaving behind my mother and my oldest brother, who was 6 months old. My mother and brother moved in with my grandmother for the duration of the war.

I was a little girl in the 1960s when my mother showed me the well-known kiss photo. She told me that spontaneous celebrations sprang

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/readers-write-that-iconic-v-j-day-kiss-problems-with-mail-service-scrutiny-of-elder-care-confusing-driver-and-vehicle-services-jon-bream-review-of-elton-john-concert/506243382/

Dazed and Delusional: Retracing the recent years of suspected serial killer Samuel Legg III

CLEVELAND — Alone and wandering, he sauntered down a rural road in the sun-bleached desert. He was looking for a man that didn’t exist. He was talking to no one. His skin, so badly burnt, deputies noted blisters on his scorched body. Dazed, disoriented and delusional, the man was later identified as Samuel William Legg III, the same man who, more than three years later, would be indicted, arrested and accused of being Northeast Ohio’s newest serial killer.

Through scores of court records, transcripts and police reports, News 5 has pieced together the four years leading up to Legg’s arrest last month for a rape that happened in Medina County in 1997. On the day of his arraignment, Legg was also indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury for the 1992 murder of a woman outside a truck stop near Austintown. The records and timelines uncovered by News 5 suggest

Read more at: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-medina/dazed-and-delusional-retracing-the-recent-years-of-suspected-serial-killer-samuel-legg-iii

Teenage son charged in Durham businessman’s death

— A Durham teen was arrested Friday and charged with his father’s death last April, police said.

Alexander Bishop, 16, was indicted on a murder charge this week by a grand jury, police said.

Bill Bishop, 59, a prominent developer in the Tampa area was found unconscious in his Durham home on Dover Road on April 18. He died in a local hospital two days later.

An autopsy report states “ligature strangulation” as the cause of death, noting that led to a heart attack that deprived Bishop’s brain of oxygen.

Alexander Bishop had been the focus of the police investigation into Bill Bishop’s death for months.

The teen said he found his father unconscious in the theater room of the family home near Hope Valley Country Club with a dog leash wrapped around his neck and the dog still on the

Read more at: https://www.wral.com/teenage-son-charged-in-durham-businessman-s-death/18210456/