Forensic Pathology

Amelia Lockwood

What Does a Forensic Pathologist Do?

  • Determines the cause of death by examining a corpse
  • Studies the medical history
  • Evaluates crime scene evidence including witness statements
  • Performs an autopsy to uncover evidence of injury or disease
  • Evaluates tissues, organs, and body fluids
  • Collects medical and trace evidence from the body for further analysis

How Do They Help Solve Crimes?

  • examine the body at the crime scene before it is moved
  • try to determine the preliminary time of death and cause of death
  • provide investigators with details about the events / conditions at the time of the crime

Work Experience

  • bachelor's degree
  • medical degree, either an M.D. or D.O
  • 13-15 years in school
  • four to five years of training in anatomic, clinical and/or forensic pathology
  • one-year residency or fellowship in forensic pathology

The Case of Lisa McPherson

  • Scieftologist who died from a blood clot from a car accident
  • Some people tried to make a lot of noise about it
  • The medical examiner made false claims about McPherson's death
  • Forensic pathologists did further investigation
  • The medical examiner's claims were unfounded
  • She did not lose 50 lbs and wasn't mistreated
  • Died of natural causes
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Works Cited

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"Forensic Cases: The Murder of Leanne Tiernan." Forensic Cases: The Murder of Leanne Tiernan. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

"Scientology Myths 2.0." Scientology Myths Wiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

"What Does a Pathologist Do in a Crime Scene to Help Solve It?" Everyday Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.