I had the chance of a lifetime to sit down and speak with Dr. Michael Baden for over an hour about death investigations, the future of DNA and other forensic technologies. Dr. Baden is probably the most recognizable forensic pathologist in the United States if not the world. He has conducted well over 20,000 death investigations in his career spanning over 40 years. He also also written two non-fiction books: Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner and Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers.
Dr. Baden was a key influencer in my decision to pursue a path through the NYPD Detective Bureau with it culminating with me being named the Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad. His HBO special entitled, “Autopsy,” had me hooked and as they say the rest is history. I learned even more about death as I witnessed a countless number of autopsies, asked questions of the medical examiners and studied books such as Spitz and Fisher’s Medicolegal Investigation of Death: Guidelines for the Application of Pathology to Crime Investigation.
Dr. Baden, the former medical examiner of New York City, is now a consultant for many cases – most of them famous. He has worked on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the O.J. Simpson case as well as Michael Brown from Ferguson, MO. Recently, Dr. Baden has weighed in on the suspicious death of Shannon Gilbert, whose 911 call led to police in Suffolk County, NY to find ten bodies in the bramble alongside Ocean Parkway.
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