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death investigation in America - PBS Frontline investigation


Popular television shows portray death investigators as high-tech sleuths wielding the most sophisticated tools of 21st century science. An unprecedented collaborative investigation by FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR found a very different reality: A dysfunctional system in which there are few standards, little oversight, and the mistakes are literally buried.

Post mortem - documentary airing from Tuesday 1st February 2011 on PBS


forensic pathologists: graphic novel-style

homicide in America


The homicide rate in the USA is going down, and an interesting article, 'A crime puzzle' describes the trend over the last century (or so).

Whatever the reason, the downward trend of violent crime in the U.S. seems consistent with our longer history, although still high by first-world standards. It’s the upsurge of violent crime starting in the early 1960s that is now ending that remains the larger puzzle.

Professor Claude Fischer. A crime puzzle. 2/5/2011 The Public Intellectual

Compare international homicide rates here (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)

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