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Tue May 26, 2020, 05:28 PM

8. At the time it was also fueled (in these here parts) by the coroner...

Dr. Michael Berkland, the medical examiner, had a bit of a dodgy history, in particular when it came to autopsies. That's part of what fueled the speculation (sometimes to the point of CT). Most dropped it long ago, but now it's weaponized CT for Trump.

Florida was not the only place Berkland ran into trouble over his work. In 1996, he was fired as a contract medical examiner in Jackson County, Missouri, in a dispute over his autopsy reports.

Berkland had incorrectly stated on the reports that he had taken sections of several brains to be preserved as specimens for medical conferences and teaching purposes, AP reported.

He claimed they were 'proofreading errors' and the Missouri attorney general's office found they did not jeopardize any criminal cases.

In Florida:
Berkland worked for the Medical Examiner's Office between 1997 and May 2003 when he was fired for failing to complete autopsy reports in a timely manner, police said.


And, as you might have guessed from the linked stories, in 2012 it was found he'd been storing over 100 body parts from autopsies in an air-conditioned storage container. Police determined they were from private autopsies he performed at funeral homes, not his work for the state.

Police said they believe the remains are from autopsies Berkland did between 1997 and 2007 at funeral homes in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Fort Walton Beach, and Panama City. Some of the containers had patient names and autopsy dates on them while others were blank.

After an autopsy, normal procedure is for for doctors to keep a tissue sample for a year in case further tests are needed, the medical examiner told WEAR-TV, adding that there is no reason to keep an entire organ.

Berkland, who is no longer licensed in Florida, rented the unit from August 2009 until Aug. 22, when the unit was auctioned off for $900 after Berkland was late on payment, police said. The manager of the storage unit, George Klages, told police that Berkland was usually late on payment but had previously always paid just before the unit was to be auctioned off.

The body parts were found in cardboard boxes when the purchaser was cleaning out the unit. Office furniture and other belongings were also found in the storage container.


Berkland may have stunk, but too many people were too quick to smell a rat.

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