Victim of Real-Life 'Dr. Death' Believes There Are Others Like Him Out There


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When will Dr Death be on peacock?

“Dr. Death” premieres on Peacock on Thursday, July 15. The series is a true-life crime drama program based on the podcast of the same name. The storyline is based on Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. pennlive.comHow to watch ‘Dr. Death’ on Peacock: Premiere date, cast, trailer

Is Dr Death Based on a true story?

Death” is inspired by the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a young and charismatic physician in the Texas medical community. After building a flourishing neurosurgery practice, everything suddenly changes when patients entering Dr. ... As victims piled up, two fellow Dallas physicians, Dr. NBC10 Boston‘Dr. Death': The True Crime Story Transitions From Podcast to the Small Screen

Where is Christopher Duntsch now?

Today, he's serving a life sentence in prison. Duntsch, who is now 50, is serving time in a Texas prison. According to The Dallas Morning News, he will be up for parole in 2045, when he is 74. Duntsch appealed his sentence and lost the appeal in 2018. oprahdaily.comDr. Death's Christopher Duntsch Is Now Serving a Life Sentence

In the mood for a true-crime story, and don’t mind losing a little faith in the health care system? Peacock’s got just the thing.

The streamer on Thursday released all eight episodes of its miniseries Dr. Death, starring The Affair‘s Joshua Jackson as Christopher Duntsch, a real-life neurosurgeon currently serving life in prison after maiming and killing multiple patients. (The ordeal was previously chronicled in a 2018 Wondery podcast, also titled Dr. Death.)

The premiere of Peacock’s adaptation lets us know right away that the story ends badly for Duntsch, as we glimpse Jackson’s version of the doc getting his blood pressure taken while wearing scrubs that read “Inmate.” His face appears bloated, his eyes are heavy-lidded, and he generally looks… terrible.

Five years earlier, though, Duntsch had just been hired at Dallas Medical Center in Texas, following a stint in Plano that Duntsch later says he left because the staff was underperforming, and he felt “boxed in” at that facility. “Hard to be the future at a place with no vision,” Duntsch tells a patient at one point, which accurately sums up the ego we see from him throughout the premiere.

One of Duntsch’s surgical patients during his first few weeks in Dallas is Madeline Beyer, who goes to Duntsch for a spinal fusion surgery. But Duntsch’s procedure leaves Madeline with even worse back pain and limited mobility, and a neurosurgeon named Robert Henderson (30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin) must now complete a revision surgery to fix Duntsch’s mistakes. Fortunately, Madeline’s pain improves after the revision, but she can’t seem to move her left foot, and she tells Dr. Henderson that she never wants Duntsch to come near her again.

Later, Henderson speaks with the circulating nurse who was in the operating room during Duntsch’s initial surgery. The nurse, Josh, explains that Duntsch seemed to know what he should do during the operation, but then did the exact opposite. “Everyone in that room could have done better than him,” Josh reveals.

An increasingly concerned Henderson notes that Duntsch performed two other surgeries at Dallas Medical that week aside from Madeline Beyer, one of which left the patient on life support after Duntsch sliced through her vertebral artery. And worse, he’s got more surgeries scheduled for the following week. “Are we going to sit here chatting, or we going to do something about it?” Kirby asks Henderson.

The rest of the premiere largely focuses on Duntsch, who we find is quite charming with his patients, but cocky, terse and mean to his colleagues in the operating room. When Dallas Medical’s CEO gently asks for details about one of his procedures, he gets defensive and begins listing his achievements and accolades. He strangely keeps wearing the same scrubs that have a tear in the left leg. And when we get to see what exactly happened during that week’s three surgeries at Dallas Medical, we find that the first operation took four hours when it should have been much shorter, and the second — which we know ultimately left the patient on life support — was chaotic and bloody, but Duntsch refused to heed the advice of his fellow OR doctors as his patient’s condition worsened.

Later in the week, Kirby and Henderson call up a doctor who previously worked with Duntsch in Memphis. The doc says Duntsch’s performance was satisfactory, and he had an unparalleled work ethic; when Kirby and Henderson fax him a photo of Duntsch to confirm they’re discussing the same man, he says that is the Duntsch he remembers.

“Did you know?” Henderson asks the man. “Did you know what he was capable of?” And as Duntsch goes in for another surgery, we hear his onetime colleague respond, “No.”

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