- Charles Harlan was suspended without pay as an assistant Davidson County medical examiner in 1994.
- One man caught in his wake is Wayne Burgess, convicted of killing his girlfriend’s young child years after Harlan’s errors began to be uncovered.
Charles Harlan confirmed a patient’s death to her family by fax: “She is green and has maggots crawling on her.”
He once misidentified the bodies of two inmates killed in a car crash and sent their remains, still shackled, to the wrong families.
Once, a Tennessee man was pulled over, alive, two years after Harlan incorrectly identified a burned corpse and declared him dead.
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