Michael Baden

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Michael Baden
Born (1934-07-27) July 27, 1934 (age 80)
New York, New York, USA
Education New York University (B.S, M.D)
Known for Testimony at the O. J. Simpson trial · Investigations of the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations
Medical career
Profession Pathologist
Institutions Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Albany Medical College
New York University
New York Law School
Specialism Forensic pathology

Michael M. Baden (born July 27, 1934)[1] is a physician and board-certified forensic pathologist known for his work investigating high-profile deaths and as a host of HBO's Autopsy.[2] He is also the forensic science contributor for Fox News Channel. He has been the author or co-author of more than 80 articles and books on aspects of forensic medicine and also of two popular nonfiction books, Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner and Dead Reckoning: the New Science of Catching Killers. He and his wife have written the thriller Remains Silent.

Education and personal life[edit]

Baden is of German descent.[citation needed] He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1960.[3]

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.[4] They have four children.

Professional career[edit]

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.[5]

He has been a consulting/lead pathologist and an expert witness on a number of other high-profile cases and investigations including:[2][non-primary source needed][6][non-primary source needed]

Baden maintains a private forensic pathology consulting practice and is co-director of the New York State Police Medicolegal Investigation Unit.

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. He is also a frequent guest on Fox News's late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld where he is known as the Death Correspondent.


  1. ^ "Bio - Baden, Michael M. - 1934". 
  2. ^ a b c Ask Dr. Baden. HBO. URL: http://www.hbo.com/autopsy/baden/bio.html. Accessed on April 8, 2008.
  3. ^ Baden Michael M. New York State Education Department (Office of the Professions). URL: http://www.nysed.gov/coms/op001/opscr2?profcd=60&plicno=085329. Accessed on: April 9, 2008.
  4. ^ a b The Phil Spector Trial: We Watch Court TV So You Don't Have To. rollingstone.com. http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/08/15/the-phil-spector-trial-we-watch-court-tv-so-you-dont-have-to-36/. Accessed on April 8, 2008.
  5. ^ "Evaluation of the medical, pathological and related evidence pertaining to the death of President John F. Kennedy". Appendix to Hearings before the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives VII. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. March 1979. p. 73. 
  6. ^ Biography: Dr. Michael M. Baden. practicalhomicide.com. URL: http://www.practicalhomicide.com/bio/bioBADEN.htm. Accessed on April 8, 2008.
  7. ^ Lisa Mcpherson Estate's Reply To Defendants' Frye Challenge To Cockroach Evidence. whyaretheydead.net. URL: http://whyaretheydead.net/lisa_mcpherson/legal/bugs/index.html. Accessed on: April 8, 2008.
  8. ^ Outrageous. truthinjusticefiles.blogspot.com. March 1, 2008. URL: http://truthinjusticefiles.blogspot.com/2008/03/outrageous.html. Accessed on: April 10, 2008.
  9. ^ Moore S. G.I. Tells of Ordering Unarmed Iraqi's Death. New York Times. February 9, 2008. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/09/world/middleeast/09iraq.html. Accessed on: April 18, 2008.
  10. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/18/us/michael-brown-autopsy-shows-he-was-shot-at-least-6-times.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes
Preceded by
Dominick DiMaio
New York City Chief Medical Examiner
Succeeded by
Elliot M. Gross