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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. How many Tinning children were given a cause of death of SIDS?
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Six.

2. What did Robert Travis and Larry Peters set out to do at Dr. Brown's property on the night she died?
(a) Burn the house down.
(b) Steal her antiques.
(c) Steal gas.
(d) Steal a car.

3. Why were MEs suspicious of the number of SIDS deaths?
(a) Only one in a million die of SIDS.
(b) Only three in a thousand die of SIDS.
(c) SIDS is caused by smoking, and the Tinnings did not smoke.
(d) SIDS is a genetic disease.

4. What do drowning victims have in common with heroin overdose cases?
(a) Both have enlarged brains.
(b) Both have fluid in the lungs.
(c) Both have enlarged veins.
(d) Both have foam in the airway.

5. How does heroin kill?
(a) It depresses the brain enough so it forgets to send a signal to the heart.
(b) It depresses the brain enough so it forgets to send a signal to breathe.
(c) It induces heart attack.
(d) It causes a stroke.

Short Answer Questions

1. What mistake does Baden blame prison authorities for making?

2. What did the prisoners do to William Quinn?

3. What does Baden theorize actually introduced meningitis into Jennifer?

4. What did Travis decide to try to steal from inside the house of Dr. Brown?

5. Which organ is particularly important for detecting poison?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why, from the beginning, Baden believed the police had the wrong time of death for Gail Morris.

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

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

4. Describe the circumstances in the case of the S&M nurse and doctor in Chapter Ten that led to the case being taken to a grand jury to process the nurse for homicide.

5. Describe why a body in the desert mummifies, and why a body in the Arctic stays bacteria free.

6. Explain what Baden and his team found when they became part of the medical review board that monitors prison deaths, and how those issues were addressed.

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

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

9. Describe the potassium eye fluid test.

10. Explain why doctors believed Sunny von Bulow was suffering from low blood sugar on her arrival the third time at the hospital, in spite of EMT belief that she was suffering an overdose.

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