Dr. Pornthip is Thai coroner and a fascinating Thai woman. She’s the first person in Thailand to successfully use DNA evidence to convict a killer. When she was identifying victims of the tsunami, other volunteers admired her so much they began emulating her punk style. She’s apparently atypical of Thai women in her choice of profession, and in her direct communication style. The doctor is something of a Thai celebrity and we frequently see her image on the covers of magazines and newspaper style sections. Perhaps the popularity of CSI-type shows blazed the way for a celebrity coroner. It’s great to see such a unique and progressive person get this kind of media attention.