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. What did the Buffalo Killer do to the taxi drivers in Buffalo?

3. What is Baden's criticism against the doctors who saw Tinning's nine dead children?

4. What was the cause of death for Robert, the Sutton Place Banker found tied to a bed?

5. Who watched the autopsy of Jaroslawicz?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

3. How did Baden know Paul Fried had not committed suicide?

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

5. 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.

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

7. Explain Ondine's syndrome.

8. Explain why the DA dropped the three additional murder charges against Kuklinski.

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

10. Explain how Baden knew the hostages were killed by the guards.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the case of Daphne Mellon, it became clear, through Baden's investigation, that Mellon had died of a drug overdose. The case was closed, without locating anyone who attended the party Baden believes she attended, and without speaking with anyone who directly had dealings with Mellon at the party. Do you believe Baden's judgment was biased, based on Mellon's known drug use and history of sexual promiscuity? Or do you believe the evidence found supports his idea of a drug and sex party gone wrong? Explain your answer, using the details from the case. Be sure to mention where she was found, events leading up to the death, her boyfriend's statements, and those of her friends, her actions prior to her death, the findings at the scene, and any other pertinent information.

Essay Topic 2

John Belushi died of an overdose of heroin, according to Baden. Cathy Smith admits to giving Belushi the drugs, although she disagrees with his time of death, or that her specific injection caused his death. Regardless of these facts, do you think that, even if Cathy had injected Belushi's final dose, that her act constituted a crime? Why or why not? What does Baden say about most drug injection murder cases? Why did Belushi's case differ? Did Belushi's record of massive drug addiction predispose him to die of an overdose, regardless of who injected him? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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