Tag Archives: Coroner

What Is A Coroner And What Does Their Work Entail?

An interview with Ken Holmes, former Coroner for Marin County, California, Part One

Today SevenPonds speaks with Ken Holmes. Originally from Fresno, CA, Ken began working with the Marin County Coroner’s Office as a death investigator in 1975. He worked there for 36 years, eventually serving as the elected coroner for 12 years. … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Education Of A Coroner” by John Bateson

Part biography, part true-crime thriller, the new book details Ken Holmes' 36-year career with the Marin County Coroner's Office

“The Education Of A Coroner: Lessons In Investigating Death” by John Bateson tells the fascinating story of Ken Holmes’ career with the Marin County Coroner’s Office, where he worked for 36 years. He began his career there as a death … Continue reading

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Body Transportation is Less Regulated Than You Might Think

In some states, transportation of bodies only requires a driver's license

If you live in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and own a car, you could start a new career transporting bodies to funeral homes or crematoriums — all it takes is a valid driver’s license. The New York Times points out … Continue reading

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Film Review: “A Certain Kind of Death” by Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh

A documentary explores the hidden world of unclaimed bodies

What happens when someone dies, and no one is around to claim the body? Directors Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh answer this question in their documentary “A Certain Kind of Death.” They walk us through a day in the life … Continue reading

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How Can a Family Best Work with a Coroner or Medical Examiner? Interview with Judy Melinek, Part Two

Working with a professional when an autopsy is required

Today, SevenPonds completes our interview with Judy Melinek, M.D., a forensic pathologist who does autopsies for the Alameda County Sheriff Coroner’s Office in California. (Read part one of the interview here.) Dr. Melinek has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and … Continue reading

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How Can a Family Best Work with a Coroner or Medical Examiner? Interview with Judy Melinek, Part One

A medical examiner shares Information about death investigations

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Judy Melinek, M.D., a forensic pathologist who does autopsies for the Alameda County Sheriff Coroner’s Office in California. Dr. Melinek has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She … Continue reading

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