International aspects of forensic medicine

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Even with murder rates falling, big-city detectives face daunting caseloads

It had been less than 24 hours sincehomicide Lt. Michael Russell had been summoned to a killing, and now, on a hot Saturday morning in July, he was headed to yet another.<p>One of his sergeants texted him with a message and a location: “Man, can’t get a breather, Fatal Shooting, Greiner/Fairport, John …

New Orleans

'No guidance' in place for heat illness during Army endurance tests five years after SAS selection deaths, court told

There are no appropriate guidelines relating to heat illness during endurance exercises in the Armed Forces, more than five years since three …

Health and Safety

Tests show E coli killed British tourist couple, says Egypt prosecutor

The deaths of a British couple who were staying at a hotel in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Hurghada were caused by E coli bacteria, according to test results released by Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday.<p>John Cooper, 69, had acute intestinal dysentery caused by E coli, and 63-year-old Susan Cooper …

Red Sea

Woman who wrote 'How To Murder Your Husband' essay charged with murdering husband

A romance novelist who penned an essay titled “How To Murder Your Husband” <i></i>has been charged with murdering her husband.<p>Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, is …

Portland, OR

'Desperate state' of Greek medical facilities blamed for death of UK tourist

The death of a British tourist on a Greek island has been blamed on the “desperate state” of medical facilities in Greece, which pose a serious risk to tourists in need of emergency healthcare, the country’s union of hospital employees has warned.<p>The union said holidaymakers face the danger of …

Employment

The Falling Man

An unforgettable story.<p><i>Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.</i><p>I<b>n the …

World Trade Center

'We're just glad it is over' - Family of Dolores O'Riordan as coroner records her death as 'accidental'

The revelation came as a London coroner's court held an inquest into the death of The Cranberries lead singer and mother of three.<p>Westminster Coroner …

Limerick

'It's barbaric that my brother has not been buried'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Edinburgh Castle during their first official joint visit to Scotland<p>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit …

Scotland

A Remembrance of Life before Roe v. Wade

We chatted as the dialysis shift began. She was a young nursing student whose name and face I still remember five decades later, but I will just call …

The cost of dying: Families waiting more than a year to bury their loved ones as 'funeral poverty' grows

ITV News has found a quarter of hospital trusts have held bodies for three months or more, as families could not afford the funerals.

Chemical weapons attacks in Douma, Syria - Forensic Architecture

On 7 April 2018, the Syrian city of Douma was allegedly targeted by two chemical weapons attacks. At that time, the city and its surrounding areas …

A 71-year-old man tied a gun to a weather balloon to fake his own murder, police say

By Avi Selk<p>Avi Selk<p>Reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department’s first homicide investigation of 2018 opened in late January — rather early in the year, considering that Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is basically a live-in golf course of 50,000 people, where the annual murder count …

Crime

Putting death on the school timetable

<b>Maths, science, history and death?</b><p>This could be a school timetable in a state in Australia, if a proposal by the Australian Medical Association Queensland is accepted.<p>They want young people to be made more familiar with talking about the end of life.<p>Doctors say that improvements in medicine and an …

Scotland records highest level of drugs deaths in Europe

Ministers urged to up funding for addicts as figures reveal significant rise in overdoses<p>Scottish ministers have been urged to heavily increase funding for drugs addicts after Scotland recorded the highest level of drugs deaths in Europe last year.<p>The latest figures showed a record number of 934 …

'Dead' woman found alive in South Africa morgue fridge

<b>A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge.</b><p>The woman was taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province, having been declared dead by paramedics following a road accident.<p>Ambulance company Distress Alert said she had shown "no form of …

Five true-crime podcasts for the armchair detective in you

Everybody loves a good whodunnit. It’s why true-crime documentaries like Making a Murderer, The Keepers and now The Staircase have all been big …

Woman died after getting stuck in Pennal airing cupboard

<b>A woman died after getting trapped in an airing cupboard while on holiday, an inquest has heard.</b><p>Elizabeth Isherwood, 60, from Wolverhampton, tried to break out using a piece of water pipe.<p>But after breaking the pipe, she got sprayed with water and subsequently died from hypothermia at Plas Talgarth …

Sex, lies and payday loans: The parachute murder plot - BBC News

<b>Emile Cilliers has been sentenced to life, with a minimum tariff of 18 years, for trying to murder his wife by sabotaging her parachute. This is the story of how the soldier's lifetime of deceit ultimately led to his unveiling as a would-be killer.</b><p>As Sgt Emile Cilliers drove home on the afternoon …

Gosport hospital deaths: Independent panel findings due - BBC News

<b>Families of hundreds of people who died at a scandal-hit hospital hope a report published later could end a decades-long wait for the truth.</b><p>The report follows several inquiries into the prescribing of sedatives at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.<p>A fresh review, led by former Bishop of Liverpool James …

Balcony deaths: British tourists warned after 11 falls in three months

<b>Britons are being warned about taking risks on hotel balconies ahead of the 2018 holiday season.</b><p>In the past three months 11 British holidaymakers have been reported as falling from a balcony - with eight of them in their teens or 20s.<p>Five of those 11 died from their injuries, according to the …

Santa Fe, Texas, Shooting Takes Toll On Area's Chief Medical Examiner

The Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas affected people in profound ways — particularly the first responders and others who rushed to the scene, including Galveston County's chief medical examiner.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>Families of some of the Santa Fe High School shooting victims are …

What killed history's most famous people? Medical sleuths gather to investigate

Whether it is a mysterious fever or sudden incapacitation – even today, diagnosing quite what has carried someone off can leave doctors scratching their heads.<p>But every year a group of academics gather to embrace an even tougher challenge: casting a verdict on how and why some of the most famous …

University of London

Man dies watching Avengers: Infinity War

A 43-year-old man died during a cinema screening of Marvel's latest blockbuster, <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>, on Tuesday.<p>According to <i>The Times of India</i> …

David Oliver: Learning from deaths in hospital

The secretary of state for health and social care, Jeremy Hunt, has spoken of “750 avoidable deaths in hospitals in England every month”1—the …

Jeremy Hunt

The Tragic Case of Alfie Evans

Three days after Tom and Kate Evans abandoned their legal fight, their son Alfie has died. Both parents have shown immense courage over the past …

Adath Yisroel Burial Society -v- HM Senior Coroner For Inner North London

Neutral Citation Number: [2018] EWHC 969 (Admin)<p>Case No: CO/372/2018<p>In The High Court of Justice <br>Queen’s Bench Division <br>Divisional Court <br>Royal Courts …

Alfie Evans’ parents needed help. The vultures came instead | Gaby Hinsliff

As if the heartbreak over the fate of their son was not enough, the vulnerable couple became the focus of activists with their own agendas<p>Fanatical. Deluded. Emotive nonsense. These are unusually strong terms for a judge to use, particularly in a case as intensely sad and bitterly contested as that …

Alfie Evans's father threatened private murder prosecution against doctors treating the toddler

The father of Alfie Evans, the critically ill child at the centre of a bitter life-support dispute, threatened to take out a private prosecution for murder against doctors treating his son, it has emerged.<p>The Appeal Court heard on Wednesday that Tom Evans had talked of taking out the private …

Alfie Evans: When are parents denied the final say?

<b>The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans were embroiled in a lengthy legal challenge against the decision to prevent him from leaving the country for treatment.</b><p>His death, almost a week after life support was withdrawn, raises painful questions around what happens when doctors and parents disagree …