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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.

Family of 81-year-old veteran files notice of claim in suspicious death investigation at Clarksburg VA Medical Center

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The family of 81-year-old Air Force veteran George Shaw, whose death while at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg was ruled a homicide in August, has filed a notice of claim regarding his death.

The claim document states that Shaw was given an injection of insulin that was not necessary and was not ordered for him, causing him to develop severe hypoglycemia, which caused his death.

After a 28-year military career in the U.S. Air Force, Shaw retired before becoming an employee at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center for eight years. Shaw was admitted to the VA Medical Center on March 22, 2018, according to the claim. The claim states Shaw was examined and subsequently admitted. His health improved over the next couple of days, according to the claim.

The claim then states that on March 26, 2018,

Read more at: https://www.wboy.com/news/harrison/family-of-81-year-old-veteran-files-notice-of-claim-in-suspicious-death-investigation-at-clarksburg-va-medical-center/

Chicago Med: Everything You Need to Know For Season Five

Season five of Chicago Med picks up just seconds after the finale with Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) rushing into the hospital with Natalie (Torrey DeVito) in his arms after the two were T-boned in what it turns out was not a car accident, but a definite attempt on Will’s life.

Natalie is unconscious with traumatic brain injury and fighting for her life, and Will has serious injuries, too, but is ignoring them while he waits to find out her fate.

Chicago Med‘s Torrey DeVitto Shares Wedding News for Natalie and Will

But Will has a lot of guilt from this whole thing because he was actually the cause of the crash. It wasn’t an accident. Tim Burke (Adam Petchel), son of mobster Ray Burke (Dennis Cockrum), drove a car straight into them in retalitaion for Will testifying against his father. Will has a lot of guilt because he has

Read more at: https://parade.com/925533/paulettecohn/chicago-med-everything-you-need-to-know-for-season-five/

Person found dead inside El Cajon marijuana dispensary

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) – Police are investigating the suspicious death of a person inside a marijuana dispensary in El Cajon.

At around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, El Cajon police were called to a business in the 300 block of West Douglas Avenue in response to a possible shooting in the area.

When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive person inside the marijuana dispensary.

Paramedics were summoned to the scene, but despite life-saving measures, the victim was pronounced dead.

Police said a person possibly linked to the incident and described as a security guard was seen leaving the area on a bike. That person has not been located, according to officers at the scene.

No other details, including the victim’s exact cause of death, were not immediately released.

Read more at: https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/person-found-dead-inside-el-cajon-marijuana-dispensary

Maple Shade police investigate suspicious death of veteran’s dog

A severe head injury that led to the euthanization of a family dog has authorities in Maple Shade searching for the person behind the Tuesday evening attack.

Prosecutors in Burlington County said a neighbor of the family on Greenwood Avenue found Toby, a male poodle, howling in pain some time between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Police were contacted the next day by the dog’s owners, who said that Toby was put down after he was taken to a local animal hospital. The dog was found to have severe brain damage resulting from an object lodged in its head, according to police.

Amber Cook, the granddaughter of Toby’s owner, Read more at: https://www.phillyvoice.com/maple-shade-dog-killed-police-investigate-burlington-county-toby-new-jersey/

Another veteran named as a potential victim in a suspicious death investigation at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – An 85-year-old Doddridge County native, who lived in Barbour County later in his life, has become the latest person named as a potential victim in the ongoing investigation of suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

Archie Edgell
Photo courtesy of Attorney Dino Colombo

Retired Army Veteran Archie D. Edgell died in March 2018, four days after he was admitted to the Clarksburg VA hospital.

“We have a copy of the autopsy report, and it appears very clear that he [Edgell] was given unprescribed insulin while at the hospital that caused his death,” said Dino Colombo, the attorney representing Edgell’s family. “We have evaluated his medical records. At no time during his hospitalization should he have any insulin given to him.”

Colombo said that records indicate Edgell was given multiple injections of unauthorized insulin.

“There are multiple,

Read more at: https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/another-veteran-named-as-potential-victim-in-suspicious-death-investigation-at-louis-a-johnson-va-medical-center/

Another suspicious death victim named at VA Medical Center

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV/AP) – UPDATE (Sept. 19, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.):

Archie Edgell’s death at the Clarksburg VA was deemed suspicious. (Davis Funeral Home)

We now know the identity of another man whose death at the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, was deemed suspicious.

The lawyer representing the family of Archie Edgell is confident the Army veteran’s death was among around 10 deemed suspicious at the Clarksburg facility in 2018. Two have publically been confirmed as homicides.

Archie Edgell died at the age of 85 when he was a patient at the Clarksburg facility in March 2018. He served as the street and water commissioner in Salem for 20 years. He had dementia but wasn’t close to death, lawyer Dino Colombo said.

Four days after he was admitted to the hospital, he was dead.

Nine months after his funeral, representatives from

Read more at: https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Another-suspicious-death-victim-named-at-Louis-A-Johnson-VA-Medical-Center-560804351.html

‘There’s Just So Much Killing Going On’: 17-Year-Old Boy Found Shot To Death In Philadelphia Park

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are trying to piece together what happened moments before a teenager was found shot to death in a city park. The 17-year-old boy’s body was found early Thursday morning in Fernhill Park in the Nicetown neighborhood.

Police haven’t identified the teenager, but they say he suffered from a single gunshot wound.

“I’m upset. There’s just so much killing going on around everywhere,” one neighbor said.

The neighbor says she’s lived across the street from the park for three years.

“I’m not surprised at anything that’s happening now,” she said. “I’m not surprised.”

The boy was found by a jogger in a tunnel that goes under the Roosevelt Expressway. Police say he was found at about 6:15 a.m.

“The jogger happened upon the unresponsive male at around 6:15 but that doesn’t mean there was a shooting at 6:15,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said.

Police say they do believe the shooting happened at

Read more at: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/09/19/philadelphia-police-investigating-suspicious-death-of-17-year-old-boy-found-shot-in-head/

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigating suspicious death – KULR

HELENA- Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death after detectives found a body around Cave Gulch Road near Canyon Ferry Lake.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office sent a press release on September 19 saying the body of an adult male was found on September 18 while detectives were following-up on an investigation for a missing Helena man.

A family member reported the man as missing to the Sheriff’s Office on September 16.

The name of the deceased has not yet been released and the investigation is still ongoing.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office says there is evidence indicating a homicide, but they do not feel there is a threat to the community. 

If you have any information you are asked to call detective Pat McDuffie at 457-8836 or Detective James Ward at 457-8834.

https://www.kulr8.com/regional/lewis-and-clark-county-sheriff-s-office-investigating-suspicious-death/article_1eeb30ae-0c62-5563-bb06-5f2699ea417b.html

Another veteran named as potential victim in suspicious death investigation at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – An 85-year-old Doddridge County native, who lived in Barbour County later in his life, has become the latest person named as a potential victim in the ongoing investigation of suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

Archie Edgell
Photo courtesy of Attorney Dino Colombo

Retired Army Veteran Archie D. Edgell died in March 2018, four days after he was admitted to the Clarksburg VA hospital.

“We have a copy of the autopsy report, and it appears very clear that he [Edgell] was given unprescribed insulin while at the hospital that caused his death,” said Dino Colombo, the attorney representing Edgell’s family. “We have evaluated his medical records. At no time during his hospitalization should he have any insulin given to him.”

Colombo said that records indicate Edgell was given multiple injections of unauthorized insulin.

“There are multiple,

Read more at: https://www.wboy.com/news/crime/another-veteran-named-as-potential-victim-in-suspicious-death-investigation-at-louis-a-johnson-va-medical-center/