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  • Writer's pictureD. P. Lyle

Criminal Mischief: Episode #50: Forensics For Crime Writers: Coroner

This is a new series of podcasts that I’ve titled Forensics For Crime Writers. In it I will talk about various aspects of forensic science and how it might be used in crime fiction. The first episode deals with the coroner. Hope you find it useful.


Coroner or Medical Examiner: depends on the jurisdiction

Duties of the Coroner/Medical Examiner

Determination of the cause and manner of death

Determination of the time of death

Supervision of evidence collection from the body

Identification of unknown corpses and skeletal remains

Determination of any contributory factors in the death

Certification of the death certificate

Presentation of expert testimony in court

Oversight of the crime lab (in some areas)

Examination of injuries to the living and determination their cause and timing

For More Information pick up one of my Forensic Science Books:



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