Michael Baden

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Michael Baden
Born (1934-07-27) July 27, 1934 (age 84)
New York, New York, United States
EducationNew York University (B.S, M.D)
Known forTestimony at the O. J. Simpson trial · Investigations of the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations
Medical career
InstitutionsAlbert Einstein College of Medicine
Albany Medical College
New York University
New York Law School
SpecialismForensic pathology

Michael M. Baden (born July 27, 1934)[1] 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.[2] 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."

Education and personal life[edit]

Baden 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]

Hired to perform a private autopsy on former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez following his suicide on Apr. 19, 2017.[12]

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


  1. ^ "Bio - Baden, Michael M. - 1934".
  2. ^ a b c Ask Dr. Baden. HBO. URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20080404163413/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. https://web.archive.org/web/20090525090813/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: https://web.archive.org/web/20080410130428/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: https://web.archive.org/web/20080830020727/http://www.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. ^ Saying goodbye and thank you to the ‘judicial genius’ Chokwe Lumumba | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view
  11. ^ https://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
  12. ^ http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/04/the_latest_independent_autopsy_completed_on_aaron_hernandez
Preceded by
Dominick DiMaio
New York City Chief Medical Examiner
Succeeded by
Elliot M. Gross