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

  • Published on May 20, 2019
  • 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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  • Lavender Love
    Lavender Love 6 hours ago

    I cannot fucking believe THIS!! 🤦🏿‍♀️🤬😔 I’m emphatically dumbfounded right now! The amount of corruption in this country is...innocent people are being jailed and murderers with badges are retiring with benefits! 😮

  • British Nerd
    British Nerd 9 hours ago

    I go by my middle name.

  • SealTeam Ryx
    SealTeam Ryx 12 hours ago

    "Okay! Look at it that way!" Lol that horrible coroner handled that like a boss! Hahah that's so awful... also, I'm a doctor so this is close to home... well when I say I'm a doctor, what I mean is I thought about going to veterinary school for a while. I didnt, but I realllllllyyyyyy thought about it and considered it. That counts right?

  • NickelCityPixels
    NickelCityPixels 13 hours ago

    Lol That is entirely too spooky...

  • Gail Bull
    Gail Bull 13 hours ago

    Is it just me or does Charles Harlan look like Archie Bunker? And doesn't allowing the dog to eat the body parts you brought home from work sound exactly like something Archie Bunker would do?

  • mafiacat88
    mafiacat88 15 hours ago +3

    I feel like the sort of person who volunteers to cut up corpses in their spare time with no prior experience or training other than "they want to" is *exactly* the sort of person you DONT want to be a coroner.

  • crypto457
    crypto457 18 hours ago +1

    Coroners are elected and they don’t need medical training or know basic anatomy? Just how many serial killers evade justice because the pathologist in question can’t tell the difference between a lung and penis?

  • Three Jewels
    Three Jewels Day ago

    That soda ban in NYC really did its job on the worldview of sodas.

  • icet99 804
    icet99 804 Day ago

    Hahahah single glade plug in totally missed that lmfao

  • Nick Asbury
    Nick Asbury Day ago

    Fuck usc haha

  • Charlie Gittins
    Charlie Gittins Day ago

    I actually enjoyed Forever 😅

  • shortperson20
    shortperson20 Day ago

    That parcell guy should be in prison, and charged with all the investigations he botched

  • john anastas
    john anastas Day ago

    This is amazing

  • Benjamin Hume
    Benjamin Hume Day ago

    It troubles me how many people get their news from asshole comedians, whether Fox News or Jon Oliver

  • Faolin Siannodel

    Does anything actualy get funded in the US? Other than the military i mean.

  • Lincoln Rockwell

    Ill keep my 3.75 thanks

  • Adventure!Media
    Adventure!Media Day ago

    Hey, 'Forever' was a great show. It should have been renewed for a season 2.

  • Eric Lowe
    Eric Lowe Day ago

    This is a common American problem. Many are anti tax and anti government. If Americans paid more taxes, they would robust public services. Imagine if they had public funded healthcare! Or maybe I'm just a communist...

  • BethAnn Mayberry

    I feel like this should be addressed on Ask A Mortician. #WhereMyFellowDeathlingsAt

  • Kalil Illinois
    Kalil Illinois Day ago

    Who needs play dough when daddy brings home THE BRAIN OF A SERIAL KILLING VICTIM

  • Captain Doomsday

    You need a massively-overpriced university degree to get a job that'll actually support a family, but any egregious criminal scumbag can get into government jobs and erase the traces of their own crimes.

  • XauriEL Zwaan
    XauriEL Zwaan Day ago

    As a Canadian, the idea that positions like coroner, sheriff, and district attorney are staffed via elections rather than via, I don't know, people being hired based on having the right qualifications for the job seems utterly absurd.

  • james88
    james88 Day ago

    USA truly is the best country ever

  • Fleurs Sv
    Fleurs Sv 2 days ago

    Lmao the USC line

  • h7opolo
    h7opolo 2 days ago

    people with authority are scum. they abuse their power for personal gain.

  • h7opolo
    h7opolo 2 days ago

  • Tanu Hudson
    Tanu Hudson 2 days ago

    Searched how to become a coroner in Australia because I have a health-related degree thought would be a good job. You need to be a Magistrate Judge and most have a double degree in the topic. Should probably go to America

  • gretchen baker
    gretchen baker 2 days ago

    He’s got to keep them warm

  • gretchen baker
    gretchen baker 2 days ago +2

    I almost became Angelia Jolie

  • EFantasic
    EFantasic 2 days ago

    Huh. I'm a little ashamed I thought coroners where medicaal doctors. 😦

  • Sushant Saklani
    Sushant Saklani 2 days ago


  • emily young
    emily young 2 days ago

    squirt is delicious

  • moonmoonbirdcpt
    moonmoonbirdcpt 2 days ago

    I only have TREE-FIFY

  • a d
    a d 2 days ago

    trump 2020

  • Poker Face
    Poker Face 2 days ago +1

    9:30 poor Dr. Harlan. His dog ate the body's spleen and kidney, while the cat got his tongue!

  • Benda Allan
    Benda Allan 2 days ago

    I like to get high to this

  • Anaphriel
    Anaphriel 2 days ago

    I had my heard set on being a forensic pathologist when I finally decided to up and go to college. Then, spent some time looking at the roadmap. Almost 12 years of schooling. So, I got my Journalism degree instead...shit, me and John have a lot in common.

  • Ankou
    Ankou 3 days ago +2

    jon should do a video on chiropractic

  • Sam Sipe
    Sam Sipe 3 days ago

    Dont come at squirt

  • Inmate Harley
    Inmate Harley 3 days ago

    I live in the UK and this is literally my dream job. I can only hope they're better about it over here

    • Inmate Harley
      Inmate Harley 3 days ago

      @Mark Walker Little bit.. more geek tbf

    • Mark Walker
      Mark Walker 3 days ago +1

      Jessica Chubb your dream job? You must be a bit of a goth!

  • Joy Augustina Petinrin
    Joy Augustina Petinrin 3 days ago +1

    5:30 those romantic stories about the small town sheriff also being the ME now makes sense!

  • Scribonius Thursday
    Scribonius Thursday 3 days ago +1

    What does "almost became a doctor" _mean_ if you didn't at least flunk out of medical school? hahahaha

  • Scribonius Thursday
    Scribonius Thursday 3 days ago

    Even 1,000 wouldn't seem like enough for over 300,000,000 people. There are 10,000 working philosophers associated with an academic body in the US. _Philosophers._

  • MarkEdwardRom
    MarkEdwardRom 3 days ago +1


  • Dean
    Dean 3 days ago

    love this guy! =D

  • virusguy5611
    virusguy5611 3 days ago

    So... who immediately googled Hugh Grant's name to make sure John wasn't just making things up?

    And then promptly had a laugh?

  • Jacqueline White
    Jacqueline White 3 days ago

    If you read novels by Kathy Reichs or Patrica Cornwell you will know that coroners are elected and can be anybody, it’s pretty scary.

  • Ryan T
    Ryan T 3 days ago

    Looks like another problem related to too many people and not enough money spread around. I guess that makes the solutions being spread more money around somehow, or having people just die and do less to prevent that? I guess we know what the decision was.

    OWLofATHENS 3 days ago +1

    America is a joke of a country

  • Nick Lamb
    Nick Lamb 3 days ago +1

    One reason to have coroners, by the way, is to separate out the problem of "Why did this person die and what should we do about that?" from the question a forensic pathologist is best equipped to answer which is "How did this person die?". For example the answer to the second question might be "They were crushed to death when a cement truck fell on top of the railway train they were travelling in". That's interesting, thanks Ms Forensic Pathologist, but now I want other answers your medical knowledge isn't relevant to. A coroner, like a judge (so let's hire _lawyers_ to do this job) can hold a court and have witnesses talk about the events surrounding the death and come to conclusions like "Hey, we should have a rule that says a road bridge over the railway needs proper walls not a stupid wooden fence".
    The UK has coroners, but it also has forensic pathologists to tell the coroner how people died.

    • MK Piatkowski
      MK Piatkowski 2 days ago

      I think Canada runs on the same system.

  • William MARDER
    William MARDER 3 days ago

    Hey John you thank you know I know this is an important story to but maybe you could talk about 9/11 Justice, the Society of Jesus in America and abroad and maybe the illegal Central Banking Mafia? Maybe we could tie the thoughts to the Federal Reserve illegal Central Bank in America? Could you talk about the definition of fascism? And how our USA / Vatican foot fits right in the shoe? Think you could mention about how fascism all comes from the Vatican and the royal families of the Vatican which is the Society of Jesus from which all tribulation on Earth is man-made? Hey are you controlled opposition also? let's connect the dots please throughout the stories because Armageddon is coming fast at the hands of the Jesuits , and we're out of time and Jimmy Dore blocked me from his live chat room so he's controlled opposition also! Here in America we need one celebrity to stand up and show us they're not indoctrinated and use the proper terminology. Have you noticed no one has not even Jon Stewart to an empty Congress? I'd have been all over that. Which one of our candidates I mean the Dems of course... Maybe they're not your candidate I won't assume. You know Jesuit Stephen Colbert and all that controlled opposition crap. Anyway which one of our Democratic candidates of the whole grotesque lot is banging their fist on the table every day for 9/11 Justice and to expose the Jesuits as the source fascist regime here? What's that I hear crickets? it's up to us! Remember the Carnation revolution in Portugal 1974 they expelled fascism without a shot fired, by raising Collective Consciousness to a critical mass. The parallels are perfect and this is our time! Get with it or be condemned as controlled opposition amusement. Bread & circus for a coward and lazy citizenry. Oh yeah then there's the woefully willfully ignorant root of all evil Jesuits, almost left them out.

  • William MARDER
    William MARDER 3 days ago

    Thank you thank you thank you for connecting the link to the life insurance people. More f****** Jesuits. What would prevent life insurance agencies from buying these Corners to give them a certain amount of suicides especially if the policies are big?

  • William MARDER
    William MARDER 3 days ago

    Shawn Parcells looks like an obvious Jesuit assassin. Did you find a Guy Fawkes mask anywhere? You know Guy Fawkes was a Jesuit assassin also and he was probably a coroner since he founded the Spanish Inquisition? Abraham Lincoln warned us and the Jesuits are goofy and they are here and they are in control and we need to get the country back at all levels thank you for showing the dirty underworld of the Jesuit coroner

  • Caniche Enrage
    Caniche Enrage 3 days ago

    In France, we have had a corps of civil servant doctors specialised in "legal medicine" working in close cooperation with the judiciary since the 1600s. Of course, for that, as for public transports, healthcare and so on we have to "suffer" imposition, or as you'd call it, "theft".

    • Poker Face
      Poker Face 2 days ago

      What do you mean imposition and theft

  • William MARDER
    William MARDER 3 days ago

    Abraham Lincoln tried to warn us about the Jesuits Google and read what he wrote and he wasn't afraid to call them out by name. Seriously people it's time to clean house and the election is not going to be the answer. Remember the Carnation revolution in Portugal 1974. They expelled fascism and the stupid Goofy. Jesuits like these.

  • William MARDER
    William MARDER 3 days ago

    These people are all Jesuits lying their asses off that's what they do

  • William MARDER
    William MARDER 3 days ago

    So if your number comes up with the Society of Jesus you can be sure that there won't be a good autopsy. No justice besides being dead

  • William MARDER
    William MARDER 3 days ago

    Now I know why I don't bother with hairdressers! Creepy

  • William MARDER
    William MARDER 3 days ago

    Welcome to America, the vatican's death and Corruption machine.

  • Paul Sorensen
    Paul Sorensen 3 days ago


  • Christopher Freeman
    Christopher Freeman 4 days ago

    "Playing dead" is a perfect triple entendre

  • Roland Berger
    Roland Berger 4 days ago

    9:25 did he just say "2020 Interview"? I thought the guy would run for president :D :D

  • WhichDoctor1
    WhichDoctor1 4 days ago

    What is it with the USA and electing random people to positions that require training, qualifications and impartiality? You elect judges, sheriffs, medical examiners, probably a bunch of other things I haven't even heard of. I know you're all "America = democracy" but you have to draw a line somewhere.

  • Gilly Mac
    Gilly Mac 4 days ago

    "That is, quite frankly, too spooky." 😆

  • Monty Parata
    Monty Parata 4 days ago +54

    Always wondered where my dog runs off to... turns out he's an Arkansas coroner.

  • Omar Alor
    Omar Alor 4 days ago

    This show is kind of like Adam Ruins Everything.

  • Caitlin Jrerve
    Caitlin Jrerve 4 days ago

    Glenn Close!!!!!

  • Riasat202
    Riasat202 4 days ago +1

    Sigh... the US is one depressing cesspool!

  • TheRedRaccoonDog
    TheRedRaccoonDog 4 days ago +3

    Why are coroners elected? WHY?!

  • Gareth Elmslie
    Gareth Elmslie 4 days ago

    @giraffeneckmark usc roast

  • Alexander Bouraad
    Alexander Bouraad 4 days ago +1

    Lots of people use their middle name instead of first name, actually. Famous people too. Brad Pitt is actually WILLIAM Brad Pitt. Ashton Kutcher is actually CHRIS Ashton Kutcher. The middle name just sounds better than the first name.

  • DeMause
    DeMause 4 days ago +4

    I think that is him suppressing a smirk at 9:43

  • Luna Emerson
    Luna Emerson 4 days ago +3

    How does it get so bad? In Canada we have coroners, and you don't need to be a physician neccessarily, but at the very least you need to attend university and take courses in embalming, examination and biology and complete a program in order to be qualified.

  • Illyia Svara
    Illyia Svara 4 days ago +2

    Ah the USA the only place that pretends to be developed and free but is quite honestly one of the least free and least developed countries.

  • Asch Hast
    Asch Hast 5 days ago

    John Oliver sucks. Biggest cuck ever.

  • poida66
    poida66 5 days ago +11

    I seem to say this every time I watch a Last Week Tonight video, but I’ll say it again. Why is America completely incompetent at everything?

  • Finwaell
    Finwaell 5 days ago +12

    "Greatest country on earth" indeed😂

    • TheFleeingPhoenix
      TheFleeingPhoenix 2 days ago

      @A literal flap of cheese I agree on both points and am pleasantly surprised to find you so reasonable after such a malicious opening comment. I did not mean "they do it too" as an excuse, just reality and context. Evils unseen are incurable. Discussions like this are a sign of a healthy nation, not the opposite.

    • A literal flap of cheese
      A literal flap of cheese 2 days ago

      @TheFleeingPhoenix If the improvement actually happens, that is.
      "They also do it" is not an excuse.

    • TheFleeingPhoenix
      TheFleeingPhoenix 2 days ago

      Are you really so naive that you think these things don't happen elsewhere? There's no coroner's dungeon in Russia? The difference is that we self-assess and improve. Indeed we are the greatest.

  • Mad Mar
    Mad Mar 5 days ago +114

    Old Guy: There is no way to tell how he died.
    Me: Personally, my money's on 'burned in a car behind a police station'

    • Mad Mar
      Mad Mar 15 hours ago

      @Brodan Quennell No problem.

    • Brodan Quennell
      Brodan Quennell 15 hours ago

      Mad Mar sorry, my bad man, don’t know how I messed that up, just an idiot here

    • Mad Mar
      Mad Mar 16 hours ago

      @Brodan Quennell I didn't mean it wasn't an accident, I was just making a joke about the video. It is supposed to be obvious. That is the joke.

    • Brodan Quennell
      Brodan Quennell Day ago

      Mad Mar that’s obvious, and while it doesn’t look good, the coroner was right, there isn’t any way to tell how the fire started, which is why he labeled it as an accident

    • Mad Mar
      Mad Mar Day ago

      @Mentally Awakened This is from the video.

  • Craig Lopresto
    Craig Lopresto 5 days ago +1

    Fun fact!! The only person who can arrest a Georgia Sheriff is the coroner....this goes for many other states as well. How does that make any fucking sense?!

  • Ed Ireland
    Ed Ireland 5 days ago

    Forever had so much potential and it got axed :(

  • Anton van Boxtel
    Anton van Boxtel 5 days ago +1

    So, wait... The ingredients "Glenn Close" and "dogs" were available, and no references to 101 Dalmatians?

  • Amber Kelly
    Amber Kelly 5 days ago +1

    Law enforcement and forensic/medical positions should never be allowed by an amateur. There are thousands of cases all over America of murders, missing persons and other crimes that are completely solvable but have been screwed over again and again by sloppy investigations. That comes as no surprise when you can vote a member of the public to be your sheriff and your coroner. It’s a joke. It’s the sort of thing you expect in a third world country not one of the richest most powerful places in the world. This should be a huge issue with Americans

  • BelieveInMatter
    BelieveInMatter 5 days ago +11

    I really liked Forever haha, it was a pretty good show

  • Kelp Farming
    Kelp Farming 5 days ago

    This limey DODGES TAXES on his New York Mansion apartment...and now lectures about QUOTAS for Female Equality? Pathetic

  • ZT1ST
    ZT1ST 5 days ago +2

    Given the reference to Game of Thrones, I kind of wished they had Sean Bean do the "We need good death investigation fundings".

    Something like:

    Sean Bean: "Look; we're all going to die at some point in life - hopefully later than soon. And when that happens, we need people to look at the body and determine the cause of death.

    Now, I die in a lot of films, as you may know, so I would formally like to ask that if I die, I do not get sent to a guy who was *almost* a neurosurgeon who does contracting out, and find out that my death certificate was mixed up with one of my movie deaths.

    You know, like gun shots being mixed up with the many arrow wounds as Boromir.

    Or the multiple times I died as double-o six.

    Or that German soldier who got stabbed with a rifle in War Requiem.

    Or that time I got pushed off a cliff by cows.

    Or have the death certificate say I didn't die because they mixed me up with Odysseus.

    The point is, if there comes I time where I die in real life, we need good death investigators with actual valid doctor credentials, and we need them for everyone."

    I mean, I know Ned Stark's been dead seven seasons now, but it would've made an interesting callback.

  • Captain Phoenix
    Captain Phoenix 5 days ago +2

    New John Oliver video! I liked before I even watched it.

  • Megan Cutler
    Megan Cutler 5 days ago +10

    It seems absolutely insane to me that anyone in this field could be elected into that position.

  • Stewy
    Stewy 5 days ago +9

    Parcell looks like the antagonist from the first season of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

  • vaevictusdeus
    vaevictusdeus 6 days ago +1

    Shawn Parcellys(...Parcelease, Parceloochi?) looks, and fucking SOUNDS, like a lost Bruce McCulloch sketch from Kids in the Hall come to life. How the fuck is he real? It's like Jiminy Cricket got wasted and granted a "real boy" wish on an old gym bag full of sweaty tracksuits, axe body spray, and a 7-11 ham sandwich.

  • Juwangsang
    Juwangsang 6 days ago

    There is a reason why grant dont go by mongo, and his name is hough mongous

  • Poppy Kneegrow
    Poppy Kneegrow 6 days ago

    We need 🦆y

  • Allison Hart
    Allison Hart 6 days ago +1

    0:43 I immediately recognized his voice as The Inquisitor from Dragon Age: Inquisition...only to find out i was totally wrong. wtf

  • TheStigma
    TheStigma 7 days ago +1

    Dr. Harlon at that moment (inside his own head):
    "If you don't shut your mouth boy, I'mma eat your spleen too..."
    Goddamn, that was more chilling than Hannibal - and the guy is real and at large. The US is one seriously fucked up place...

  • manwiththestar
    manwiththestar 7 days ago

    2:14 "dick in a box" assuming gender, transphobia, santaphobia, hate speech?

  • Minitaur
    Minitaur 8 days ago +4

    Coroners make anywhere from 48k and 72k... might need to rethink my career choices.

  • Carter Rendon
    Carter Rendon 8 days ago +1

    *whispers* Caitlin Doughty

  • Marik Ishtar
    Marik Ishtar 8 days ago

    no one has that any more

  • henry turner
    henry turner 8 days ago

    Surgeon General should make decisions. Mediacal doctors give opinion so if that's all I'm getting I need it from Chief Executive official.

  • x1101126
    x1101126 8 days ago

    Really? Is that all true? I really can't believe it.

  • maithili pokle
    maithili pokle 8 days ago

    Hey can I get an email id to contact your show? I don't want to write what I want to write over here or on Facebook or Twitter.