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. How did Baden determine true time of death?

2. What did Mario Jascalevich claim to be doing with curare?

3. Where was Jaroslawicz's body found?

4. What caused Belushi's brain to swell?

5. What was the original cause of death listed on Daphne Mellon's death certificate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the symptoms of a heroin overdose, and how it kills.

6. Describe the potassium eye fluid test.

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

8. 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.

9. Explain why the prisoners at Attica were rioting, including those things mentioned that were problems for the corrections board.

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Joseph Christopher case, Baden points out several odd serial killer characteristics. What made Christopher a rare serial killer? What were his methods? What were his motives? How does this differ from other serial killers? Be sure to be detailed in your answers, and include each phase of Christopher's killing spree, including:

• The shootings in Buffalo

• The killings of the taxi drivers

• The slashings in New York

Essay Topic 2

Explain the case of Paul Fried in detail. What were the original circumstances surrounding Paul's death? What caused further investigation? What role did his wife, Catherine, play? What was their relationship like? Who came forward with information, and what was that information? How was a new cause of death discovered? What was the result? How did the autopsy findings affect this case? What does this say about the importance of a proper autopsy in any case of death?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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