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Profession  Pathologist
Name  Michael Baden

Role  Physician
Specialism  Forensic pathology
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Born  July 27, 1934 (age 81) (1934-07-27) New York, New York, USA
Known for  Testimony at the O. J. Simpson trial · Investigations of the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations
Institutions  Albert Einstein College of Medicine Albany Medical College New York University New York Law School
Spouse  Linda Kenney (m. 2000), Judianne Densen-Gerber (m. 1958–1997)
Education  New York University School of Medicine, New York University
Books  Dead Reckoning, Remains Silent, Skeleton Justice, Unnatural Death: Confessi, Unnatural Death a S/Wx12
Similar People  Linda Kenney, Cyril Wecht, Werner Spitz, Phil Spector, Drew Peterson

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Michael M. Baden (born July 27, 1934) is an American physician and board-certified forensic pathologist known for his work investigating high-profile deaths and as the host of HBO's Autopsy. He is the Forensic Science Contributor for FOX News Channel and was a frequent guest on Fox News's late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld where he was known as the Death Correspondent. Baden has been author or co-author of more than 80 professional articles and books on aspects of forensic medicine and two popular non-fiction books “Unnatural Death, Confessions of a Medical Examiner” and “Dead Reckoning, the New Science of Catching Killers.” He is also the author, with his wife, attorney Linda Kenney Baden, of two recent forensic thrillers, “Remains Silent” and “Skeleton Justice.”


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Education and personal life

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Baden received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1960.

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He is married to Linda Kenney Baden, who served as one of Phil Spector's main attorneys during his capital murder trial and replaced Bruce Cutler after his withdrawal from the proceedings. They have four children.

Professional career

Baden was the chief medical examiner of the City of New York from 1978 to 1979. He was chairman of the House Select Committee on Assassinations' Forensic Pathology Panel that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

He has been a consulting/lead pathologist and an expert witness on a number of other high-profile cases and investigations including:

  • Giving testimony at the trial of O.J. Simpson.
  • Investigating the remains of Czar Nicholas II and family members.
  • Autopsy-investigation in the Ron Settles case.
  • Sid Vicious's death.
  • Claus von Bülow criminal trial.
  • John Belushi's death.
  • Lisa McPherson's death.
  • As a defense witness in Phil Spector's murder trial. He was reportedly paid $250,000. Baden's wife was legal co-counsel for Spector at the time.
  • Richard Kuklinski's death.
  • Kathleen Savio's death.
  • Sergeant Evan Vela's court martial.
  • Gathering evidence against Byron De La Beckwith, who was facing his third trial for murder in the death of Medgar Evers. De La Beckwith was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • Conducted autopsy of civil-rights lawyer and Jackson, Mississippi mayor Chokwe Lumumba, determining his cause of death as an aortic aneurism.
  • Conducted autopsy of Michael Brown.
  • conducted a private autopsy on Shannan Gilbert
  • On June 11, 2009, it was reported that Baden was hired by the family of the late actor David Carradine to investigate the cause of Carradine's death in a Bangkok hotel room. According to press reports, Baden's initial conclusion is that Carradine's death was not the result of suicide.

    Hired to perform a private autopsy on former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez following his suicide on Apr. 19, 2017.

    Baden maintains a private forensic pathology consulting practice and was the former Chief Forensic Pathologist for the New York State Police.


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