PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVE: THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
Half Day: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Coroners: Their history, What they do, What they see
with Erie County Coroner Lyell P. Cook
• The History of Coroners – where it all began and why
• Difference between a coroner and a medical examiner
• How to determine the circumstances, manner, and cause of death
• Unusual ways some people died
• Slide presentation of different causes of deaths, entry/exit bullet wounds, knife wounds
• How to estimate the time of death
• When and how an autopsy is performed
• Statistics on causes of death
• Procedures for collecting evidence at the scene
• Interesting cases he has worked on
Mr. Cook encourages attendees to ask lots of questions, general and specific, related to whatever book they might be working on. His presentation is packed with his extensive knowledge of the duties of a coroner and his good sense of humor.
Lyell P. Cook is the Coroner for Erie County, Pennsylvania. He was elected in 1999 and oversees one of the largest Coroner’s Office in PA. He served as Deputy Coroner for 16 years and has overseen in excess of 6,000 death investigations and autopsies for Erie and 13 other counties in northwestern Pennsylvania during his career.
His office investigates all sudden and suspicious deaths and all deaths due to violence, which include suicide. The Coroner’s office is also authorized to investigate all deaths due to contagious disease constituting a public health hazard. Lyell is a past president of Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Association.
He is a Certified embalming instructor and lecturer to EMS, fire departments, hospitals, funeral directors and physicians. Lyell is a graduate of Pennsylvania Coroner’s Academy and is certified by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. He was appointed by Governor Corbett to Pennsylvania Coroner’s Education Board. He has given over 100 interviews including Primetime with Dian Sawyer, BBC, Japanese National Media, Australian Television, Limbaugh and O’Reilly radio shows, Nancy Grace, and the New York Times.