It looks like our culture’s true-crime podcast obsession isn’t going anywhere any time soon. From Serial to My Favorite Murder to last year’s viral hit Dirty John, there’s no shortage of content if you like being kept on the edge of your seat. Dr. Death is the latest uber-popular podcast in the genre, and all die-hard true crime fans will definitely want to give it a listen.
Dr. Death was created by Wondery, the same network that produced Dirty John. Produced and hosted by noted science journalist Laura Beil, it tells the story of Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon who made headlines for severe medical malpractice. Hot Pod notes that since it launched on September 4th, the podcast has been downloaded more than eight million times.
Here’s what you need to know before you start listening to Dr. Death:
1 The podcast follows Duntsch’s rise and fall.
According to Esquire, Duntsch performed 32 botched spinal surgeries in Dallas between January 2012 and June 2013. Two of his victims died as a result of these surgeries, and many more were left paralyzed. The surgeon, who received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, was sentenced to life in prison in February 2017 for harming patients.
2 It also explains how Duntsch was able to keep operating.
The New Yorker notes that Dr. Death contains some stunning revelations about medical oversight in Texas. The podcast explains that the Baylor University medical center in Plano, where Duntsch worked, allowed him to leave voluntarily, which prevented other hospitals from learning of his past before it was too late.
3 Laura Beil, the host, is a veteran medical reporter.
Wondery’s website notes that Beil has more than 20 years of experience reporting on health and science. She has received awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Association of Health Care Journalists. She currently contributes to Men’s Health and has written an episode of This American Life.
4 You can listen to it on your preferred podcast platform.
According to Wondery, Dr. Death is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Podcasts, and NPR One. You can also sign up for the Wondery newsletter so you never have to miss a new podcast.
5 There are seven episodes out now.
Duntsch’s story is told in six half-hour installments. Today, October 9th, Wondery also released a follow-up interview with Beil in which she explains more details about the case and her reporting process.
If you’re interested in true crime, Dr. Death is definitely a must-listen.