Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Neuropathologist investigating a murder case is featured in People Magazine
Neuropathologists continue to show up in the national news media! After reporting recently about Dr. John E. Donahue's appearance in The New York Post discussing the disposition of Michael Jackson's brain, I was informed that Dr. Peter Cummings (pictured), neuropathologist for the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's office, was featured in a People Magazine article in connection to a murder case in Maine. Entitled "A Cold Case Comes To Life", the article discusses Cummings' role in the re-investigation of the beating death of 16-year-old Joyce McLain in East Millinocket, Maine in August of 1980. Cummings was an 8-year-old boy living in the area at the time of the murder, and resolved back then that he would solve the case. Nearly thirty years later, Cummings was instrumental in getting Joyce McLain's body re-exhumed for further DNA testing which may help to solve the crime. Cummings is working on the case with renowned forensic experts Michael Baden, MD and Henry Lee, PhD.