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‘Dr. Death,’ the next binge-worthy podcast, has scenes in Oak Cliff

A disturbing new podcast from the media company behind “Dirty John” has all the grit to be the next big hit.

Two episodes in (a third was posted today), and the most macabre scene in “Dr. Death” takes place at the former University General Hospital on South Hampton Road.

The six-episode show investigates the horrors of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, who botched back surgeries from his base at Dallas Medical Center and Baylor Plano.

The first episode tells the story of Shirley Mock of Garland. Duntsch operated on her spine when she was 71 in 2012, and he soon after convinced her that she needed an immediate emergency surgery at “South Hampton hospital.” Duntsch told Mock and her husband that it had the “most modern equipment.”

They arrived for the surgery, and “it looked like the place should’ve been condemned 20 years sooner,” Brandon Mock says.

The second surgery took six hours, and Duntsch butchered Shirley Mock’s spinal column, mangling nerves and leaving behind bone fragments and screws punched into flesh. She woke up in such pain that she thought she was dying, and no medication could help.

Medical reporter Laura Beil, a former Dallas Morning News writer who lives in Cedar Hill, hosts “Dr. Death.” And she pulls no punches in describing Duntsch’s sickening crimes.

The podcast is so unsettling and intense that it’s a relief when East Dallas’ own Lindsay Graham’s soothing voice breaks in for a mattress commercial.

Duntsch was sentenced to life in prison in February 2017. Go listen.

Rachel Stone

RACHEL STONE is Oak Cliff editor. Email

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