It was one decade ago, when yet another physician was charged for the death of a spouse:
Doctor Barnett, who had performed more than 8,000 autopsies and had testified in numerous death cases, said she based her opinion on factors totally inconsistent with Wangler’s story of having found his wife on the bed alive. Her body temperature; lividity (pooling of the blood due to gravity); her rigor mortis (body stiffening generally is noticed about 2 hours after the heart stops) and an evaluation of stomach contents.
At last count, as of late February 2014, prisons in the United States were holding 209 physicians for spousal murder.
Mark Wangler was not the first MD convicted of spousal homicide – far, far from it. And since his “Guilty” sentence was read in Ohio, at least 11 other doctors have been imprisoned for the same crime.
Here’s a medical monster we once knew personally, in the early years of San Diego EMS:
Here’s another look at the fascinating Wangler case: