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We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system.


Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away.


But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect?


From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

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Dr. Death Goes Global

Dr. Death Goes Global

2019-08-1500:17:288

Subscribe today at the links below:Germanhttp://wondery.fm/drtodFrenchhttp://wondery.fm/drlamortLatin American Spanishhttp://wondery.fm/drmuertePortuguesehttp://wondery.fm/drmorte Castilian Spanishhttp://wondery.fm/drmuertesp Koreanhttp://wondery.fm/drdeathkorMandarinhttp://wondery.fm/drdeathchi
Introducing Man in the Window

Introducing Man in the Window

2019-06-1100:50:3825

From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Listen now at wondery.fm/MITW
Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiatrist. What he did not count on, was what happened in his life over the next twenty-nine years.This is a story about power, control, and turning to the wrong person for help. Listen now at wondery.fm/TSND
Breaking News | 10

Breaking News | 10

2018-12-1300:18:5973

The judges reviewing Christopher Duntsch’s appeal have reached a decision. On the day of the decision, Laura Beil goes to the Dallas District Attorney’s office to speak with prosecutors Michelle Shugart and Jaclyn Lambert about the judges' decision.To read Laura Beil’s article about the ruling, and a copy, go to Wondery.com/DrDeath.
“One Great Man”  | 9

“One Great Man” | 9

2018-11-1300:28:5493

You may remember the woman in the infomercial about Dr. Duntsch who admiringly calls him “one great man” and claims “he’ll fix you.” Laura Beil wasn’t able to get in touch with her when she first reported the series. She guessed that the woman must have been a paid actress, or perhaps even the rare patient who had a good result with Dr. Duntsch. But then the woman in the video reached out after hearing her voice in ”Dr. Death.” And the real story turned out to be much stranger. In this special episode, we also hear from a juror who helped deliver the verdict in the trial of Christopher Duntsch. Looking for the best sheets, ever? Get $20 off AND free shipping on your order by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death at checkout. Or maybe you're looking for plush towels? A new throw blanket? Yeah, they have that too.
Interview | 8

Interview | 8

2018-10-0900:27:46127

This series has generated a lot of questions and comments from listeners for host and reporter Laura Beil. In this special interview episode, Laura talks with David Brown (from the podcast “Business Wars”) about a number of topics that have intrigued listeners, like how Duntsch could have performed less than a hundred surgeries during his medical training. She addresses speculation that Duntsch may have suffered traumatic brain injury from playing football in high school. And she teases the real story behind the “patient” featured in that Best Docs infomercial.Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12.Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.comOther sponsors include:Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code spaceHelix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death. Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to500-500Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code deathSimplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Update | 7

Update | 7

2018-10-0200:27:32196

Reporter Laura Beil has a few updates on the story of Christopher Duntsch since the series was first released. She attends an appeals hearing for Duntsch's case, discusses Baylor-Plano Hospital’s response -- and the mysterious case of the disappearing billboard.Subscribe to Business Wars hereDr. Death merchandise is now available! 15% of proceeds from each sale will go to the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica and their effort to spotlight wrongdoings in the healthcare industry. Shop tees, hoodies, & mugs at wondery.com/store.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right wayZip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code spaceHelix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death. Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to500-500Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death
Closure | 6

Closure | 6

2018-09-2500:41:25353

Michelle Shughart has her work cut out for her, since no doctor has ever been prosecuted for crimes committed while practicing medicine. His patient’s lives would never be the same, but what would what would be the fate of Dr. Duntsch? The people in Dallas struggle to understand what drove him to do such horrible things. And what happens if the system faces another “Dr. Death.” Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes.Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/surveyHave a tip for us? Send us an email at tips@wondery.comSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code spaceHelix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death. Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to 500-500Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code deathSimplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
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Pejman Torabi

so so

Sep 20th
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Randilizm

Great podcast of a crazy story.

Sep 3rd
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John Keogh

I just love this podcast

Aug 29th
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Jim Thornburg

I can't listen passed episode 4.

Aug 28th
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Jim Thornburg

Andrea Marchi THAAAAAAAAAAAAANKS 👍👍👍👍👍👍

Aug 28th
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Andrea Marchi

Jim Thornburg Past*

Aug 28th
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Lori Levotch

Totally enjoyed the story. Terrified that this could happened.

Aug 26th
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Lee Lee Cherry

That last guy at the end, one of his patients that says he has empathy toward Dr Duntsch regardless of the fact he ruined his life is incredible...takes a pretty remarkable person to not harbor anger and resentment - bless you Mr

Aug 6th
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Emmanuel

Lee Lee Cherry Really incredible...

Aug 6th
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Nancy Loomis

I guess I read the answer to this somewhere, but what happened between med school, where they said he performed well (didn't they?) and the first documented botched surgery? No one goes from A to Z without anything in between. Did someone in this story mention (among many other known & possible contributing factors) that he may have had a brain tumor?

Aug 5th
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Mackenzie

Nancy Loomis 🤔🤔🤔

Aug 5th
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Roisin Scully

Worth listening to.

Aug 1st
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Glenda Brearley

want free crime podcasts

Jul 6th
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Owen Risto

Shoulda put that asshole down

Jul 6th
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Sarina mc gonagal

its great i love it

Jul 5th
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L Yu

When I tuned into this podcast I didn't expect to blast through it all in one sitting - but I did! Unbelievable, this weirdo person and the medical community. But he finally got caught, thanks to the few good ppl!

Jul 5th
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Исадора Савич

I think what makes this the most chilling story out there is I still literally have no idea why he did this.

Jun 29th
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C

This guy is a fucking bastard, seriously, how did this go on for so long! I feel so bad for the man with the pinched nerve who endured having so much catastrophic damage done to him.

Jun 23rd
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C

I felt so bad for Jerry until Jennifer started to discuss how harmful he became, using his body and his chair as a weapon. slamming into anything or anyone. For a while his grief was understandable, and his faith in Chris was stupid, but to turn and hurt the person who tried to stand by his side and assist him was frustrating, to say the least.

Jun 23rd
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Lars Wood

I don't feel sorry for Jerry, he was recklessly indifferent to his own physical welfare by letting the drug addled Chris operate on him. I feel sorry for the other patients but Jerry got what he got and now he's just a burden to everyone.

Jun 21st
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Katarina Frances

Lars Wood ouch seriously that is harsh

Sep 12th
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Dethman 2000

this isnt number 11 change the tittle this is only about star wars.

Jun 17th
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NickyMax

Dethman 2000 hmm

Jun 17th
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Doris Watson

wonderful podcast. even with the adds

Jun 13th
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Alison Barnett

this monster aught to be euthanized! evil bastard

Jun 7th
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Kirsten Farr

another fantastic series had me hooked

Jun 7th
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