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Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Baden claim about the "cardiorespiratory arrest" cause of death issued for Joseph?
(a) It assumes murder.
(b) It is an accurate diagnosis.
(c) It assumes no unnatural cause.
(d) It is a wastebasket diagnosis.

2. Why did the urine in Belushi's bladder help police?
(a) The amount showed he had slipped into a coma.
(b) There was not enough to indicate he had slipped into a coma.
(c) There was none, indicating he had gotten up to urinate.
(d) There was none, indicating he had urinated himself.

3. Why was Leonard Barco an obvious suspect for the killing of Gail Morris?
(a) He was the last person to leave her apartment.
(b) He was her brother.
(c) He was the last to be seen with her alive.
(d) He was her husband.

4. Which organ is particularly important for detecting poison?
(a) The tongue.
(b) The spleen.
(c) The eye.
(d) The appendix.

5. What does Baden believe killed Gail Morris?
(a) A gun shot wound.
(b) Alcohol overdose.
(c) Heroin overdose.
(d) A blow to the head.

Short Answer Questions

1. What caused Belushi's brain to swell?

2. What punishment did Carl Coppolino receive for the murder of his wife?

3. Why were the corrections officers not supposed to take part in the raid?

4. What does Baden claim in the cause of failure for the ME system?

5. What leads investigators to ask for Baden's assistance with Dr. Brown's murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Baden know the killer in the Buffalo slayings was trained, either as a hunter or medically?

2. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

3. Why did Kuklinski use cyanide, and how did Baden discover it on his victims?

4. Explain the disparity between Dr. Lee's issued cause of death and Baden's issued cause of death for Dr. Brown.

5. Explain the circumstances surrounding the finding of Daphne Mellon's vehicle, personal items, and body, and why those findings led to questions.

6. Why did Jerald Sklar confess to police his knowledge and his crimes, and what was the result?

7. Explain how Carl Cappolino killed William E. Farber.

8. What are possible motives given for Joseph Christopher's killing spree?

9. Describe how the development of maggots helped determine time of death in the case of Gail Morris.

10. Describe how Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Hess were killed by the other inmates.

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