Death Investigations: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
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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  • JeevesReturns

    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

    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

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

  • nogosnoqt

    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

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

  • Živa Smodiš
    Živa Smodiš

    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

    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."


    Only in the south.

  • Starscribe

    America, the richest country in africa.

  • Spencer Dickson
    Spencer Dickson

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

  • Ricky Boii
    Ricky Boii

    The US is transforming into a third world country

  • Willy Beamish
    Willy Beamish

    #godisgood LOL

  • Andrew Gelman
    Andrew Gelman

    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

    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

    "#godisgood" BURN!

  • sistakia33

    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

    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

      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

    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

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

  • LB2007

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

  • Jeff Bristow
    Jeff Bristow

    In our county the coroner is one of the local undertakers. He actually does a surprisingly good job at it.

  • SystemsOverSymptoms VisionWithVenture
    SystemsOverSymptoms VisionWithVenture

    That ending, though. Brilliant.

  • Jess C.
    Jess C.

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

  • Jadzia Lightowler
    Jadzia Lightowler

    Just bring in Olivia Moore am I right?

  • Annie Johnson
    Annie Johnson

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

  • guthax30

    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

    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

    You listen here, Squirt is fucking delicious!

  • Omri D
    Omri D

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

  • EverettBurger

    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

    Mungo. Confirmed. Just checked 😏

  • kangaxx

    5:36 Pigdemont!

  • CLP

    Quincy, M.E. used to be my favorite show. I;m glad to know he wasn't just a god damn moonlighting hairdresser.

  • likira111

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

    • Dee Cross
      Dee Cross

      Get it? 'Cause they're _women_ !

  • MrShelbyGTman

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

  • Christopher Builder
    Christopher Builder

    What an amazing country. 🇺🇸

  • Bob l'éponge
    Bob l'éponge

    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

    9:28 2020?

  • Bmac1968 Ireland68
    Bmac1968 Ireland68

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

  • Hibou Owll
    Hibou Owll

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

  • vladimir cruz
    vladimir cruz

    That's sick.

  • frank doster
    frank doster

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

  • kamenkewl

    as a well timed related story, apparently a coroners office was shut down after the workers there were found to be using the bodies for arts and crafts ala human centipede or dr. frankenstein. they described finding things like "a metal bucket filled with male genitals" or "multiple women's faces sewn onto one head" so yeah, if your coroners office seems too cheap to be true, it probably is.

  • ankhi3

    The most dangerous part for those institutions is probably the vicious cycle that can occu: they are underfunded so they perform worse therefore they get a bad image which results in them getting less funding.

  • Gio Lag
    Gio Lag

    Whenever outsourcing and private contractors are involved quality and results go downhill

  • TheMrsar28

    In the UK, you have to be a qualified lawyer to be able to become a coroner.

  • Tiaan Strauss
    Tiaan Strauss

    Founding fathers warned about govt tyranny. 2A is there for a reason....shoot the cops! 🤘

  • Kaneda Shotaro
    Kaneda Shotaro

    That is really a HUUUUUGE problem

  • joel dawson
    joel dawson

    Yeh yeah... do rape kits next. Thousands and thousands unprocessed.

  • Shayla McGrady
    Shayla McGrady

    And NOW you have your answer to how people "accidentally" die in small town, police dept jail cells.

  • caro vogel
    caro vogel

    Should not have been eating watching this

  • informitas 0
    informitas 0

    This is just sad. Glad it's not like that here in Scandinavia.

  • DJDevon3

    21:00 cue the Idiocracy voice. Welcome to the 21st century. :/

  • TheHeroOfTomorrow

    "Humungo" Grant.

  • Rob Bradley
    Rob Bradley

    Does anyone else find John Oliver painfully unfunny and self congratulatory? I put up with him in these videos because the subject matter is always so interesting. But they would actually be better without the awkward jokes and forced banter, and just delivered as straight editorial pieces. I respect his work ethic and hustle to get his own mainstream US talk show but he really reminds me of someone who got there on grit and determination and not comedic talent. He is very cringe worthy. Just wondered how everyone else feels about him. Plus, I am british if that counts for anything, haha

  • Mikhael37

    The United States has become a country of knaves who simply don't give two shits about the common good...

  • tompraeger

    A Dr. Shelly who mistreats organs and no Frankenstein joke?

  • lhia0416

    1:25 as a Bruin, I approve this message.

  • Eric Hanson
    Eric Hanson

    I have decided that I don't want to ever die, and now that that's settled, I won't need to deal with the ridiculously fucked up system of medical examinations/coronations.

  • Rusty Patch
    Rusty Patch

    This Georgia coroner has a side job of paranormal investigator. She wrongly blamed a death on natural causes when there was blood found everywhere in the apartment of a dead man. The funeral home employee found the stab wounds in the neck of the dead man.

  • Stop the madness Please
    Stop the madness Please

    What the actual fuck America?!

  • just1desi

    Heeeyyy I loved forever. It was really good

  • SUPERchakalaka1

    To be fair that guy's mouth looks like a partly healed wound. No wonder he didn't answer.

  • Andrew Benestante
    Andrew Benestante

    Since when does Tracy Morgan have a Oscar?

  • Kevin G Conroy
    Kevin G Conroy

    How did this system start

  • Kevin G Conroy
    Kevin G Conroy

    The best medical examiner programme was Quincy.

  • Mather Focker
    Mather Focker

    Parcells’ drunk. Drinking piss, squirt, and vodka in that cup.

  • Mather Focker
    Mather Focker

    ‘Tis the reason why so many cases are unsolved. Well, at least we have GEDMatch to compensate for incompetence.

  • Mather Focker
    Mather Focker

    9:42 Nobody better lay a finger on my better butterfinger.

  • Fuzion180

    This guy is from Birmingham!? no way, never actually watched a show of his so never heard him speak lol but always thought he was American going by his chat show being over there. Didn't see that coming!