“The Coroner: I Speak For the Dead” takes homicide cases and doesn’t put us inside a courtroom or a police station. The show, which premieres for a second season on Investigation Discovery, looks at the how and why of a person’s death from a medical perspective.
That would come from the coroner, and in the case of this series, it’s Graham Hetrick. He shares the most compelling homicide cases in his 26 years as the Coroner of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. It is his decision after examination that becomes the cause of death on certificates.
The story of how and why someone died is a long one. During “The Coroner: I Speak For the Dead” Hetrick demonstrates the complex investigation process. It was his job and that of his team, to perform the forensic analysis, to uncover the secrets that every body holds. It is how he speaks for the dead, which can help deliver justice for the deceased.
The season 2 premiere of “The Coroner: I Speak For the Dead”, titled “Touch Me and Die”, presents the case of Bob Curley, 32 who was admitted to the E.R. in Hershey, in excruciating pain, suffering from hallucinations and significant hair loss. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, doctors were unable to save him. Curley is young and in good health, so doctors are baffled as to what caused his death, until they get the results of a shocking toxicology report.
The series is produced for Investigation Discovery by Radley Studios with Brandon Hill, Chad Itskowitz, and Christian Thompson as executive producers, Carolyn Day as executive producer and showrunner, and Diana Nolan as co-executive producer. For Investigation Discovery, Tim Baney is executive producer, Jane Latman is executive vice president of development, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.
“The Coroner: I Speak For the Dead” airs its season premiere on Investigation Discovery, Monday July 17 at 10 p.m. Image credit: Discovery Communications, used with permission