Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did Jerald Sklar claim Catherine Fried had killed her husband?

3. Why does Baden offer to do a minimum autopsy?

4. Claus von Bulow was originally found guilty of what?

5. What does Baden believe killed Gail Morris?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

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 three themes of Baden's affidavit in the case of Claus von Bulow.

6. 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.

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

8. Explain what Baden notices about Sunny's levels of alcohol and barbiturates, and why he calculates them as fatal levels at the time of her coma.

9. Explain how and why Jascalevich killed the patients of other doctors.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the near conviction of Leonard Barco, the man originally believed to have killed Gail Morris. Why was he suspected? What was the role of Dr. Braga in the original cause of death? Why did he issue the cause of death as he did? What led Baden to believe this was incorrect? What did Baden find? Why did this help convince the judge Barco did not commit the crime?

Essay Topic 2

In the Mary Beth Tinning case, nine children died before someone thought to question the parents of the children. MEs, hospital staff, neighbors, friends, social services, and others all had the same information, but refused to question the situation.

Part 1.) Explain the circumstances that allowed this tragedy to unfold.

Part 2.) Discuss the SIDS diagnosis, in terms of why it is seldom questioned.

Part 3.) Write a brief opinion statement, noting whether you believe the system is partially responsible for these deaths, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss each of the following forms of identification of remains in detail. Be sure to mention how the process is done, and any limitations mentioned in the book in terms of their reliability and effectiveness. Use examples from the book, where possible, to show how the method is used.

• Familial identification

• Dental identification

• Bone identification

• Scar identification

• Fingerprinting

• Personal effects identification

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