All posts tagged: Medical examiners and coroners

Shattered Lives: Dennis Griffin and THE MORGUE

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio   Dennis Griffin, best known for his mob-related true crime books, started his “after retirement” writing career writing mystery/thriller novels, one of the most popular, THE MORGUE. The novel is based on his work as an investigator looking into the operations of the medical examiners office. What he found was unbelievable and the fictionalized account tells the story of out of control coroner, perversion, cover up, and the politics behind it. A medical examiner is a government official who: Investigates human organs like the stomach, liver, brain Determines cause of death Issues death certificates Maintains death records Responds to deaths in mass disasters Identifies unknown dead Other functions depending on local law What many don’t know is the difference between a medical examiner and a coroner and what specific duties they are qualified to perform: A medical examiner by definition is a physician … In most cases, they are trained to be forensic pathologists… and are appointed to their positions. To be a coroner, you just have to be able to be …