Following the success of its dramatic adaptation of the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, Peacock plans to release a Dr. Death documentary series titled “Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story” on Thursday, July 29.
The four-part docuseries’ guests include several of Dr. Duntsch’s victims as well as those who helped bring him to justice. Those guests include our very own Kay Van Wey, a personal injury and medical malpractice trial legend who fought for years to bring Dr. Death to justice. Other notable names include Dr. Robert Henderson and Dr. Randall Kirby and Duntsch’s ex-girlfriend Wendy Young, who is also the mother of Duntsch’s two children.
Although the Dr. Death story has been told in various ways in the mainstream media, this is the first documentary series to cover the subject. A press release announcing the show stated that it would “offer audiences the chance to hear and see the whole story, told by the real people who survived it.”
The True Story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch
The real-life story of Dr. Death is perhaps more shocking than any Hollywood drama could ever hope to recreate. For one, it was largely avoidable had the system focused more on protecting its patients and not its doctors. Regardless, while the true motives inside the killer’s mind remain unknown, the story is that of greed, corruption, ineptitude, vanity, and malice.
Dr. Christopher Duntsch injured 31 patients and killed 2 in a series of blundered and bloody operations, some of which were supposed to be merely routine spinal surgeries. He operated on the wrong side of his victim’s bodies, the wrong body parts, and defied accepted medical practices. On February 20, 2017, Christopher Duntsch, aka Dr. Death, was sentenced to life in prison.
Dr. Death True Crime Drama
All eight episodes of Peacock’s true-crime drama are available now on the NBCUniversal streaming service. Dr. Death stars Joshua Jackson as the titular character, Dr. Christopher Duntsch, as well as Alec Baldwin (Dr. Robert Henderson), Christian Slater (Dr. Randall Kirby), AnnaSophia Robb (Michelle Shughart), and Grace Gummer (Kim Morgan).