Michael Baden Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Height, Wife, Floyd, Net Worth, Salary and Twitter

Michael Baden is an American physician and forensic pathologist known for being the chief medical examiner of the City of New York from 1978 to 1979.

Michael Baden Biography

Michael Baden is an American physician and forensic pathologist known for being the chief medical examiner of the City of New York from 1978 to 1979. Baden’s independent autopsy findings are often in conflict with the local authorities’ opinions.

Michael Baden Education

In 1955, he graduated from City College of New York at the top of his class. In 1960, he earned his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine.  At Bellevue Hospital, he completed a pathology residency.

Michael Baden Career

Baden served as the City of New York’s chief medical examiner from 1978 to 1979, but was fired by Mayor Ed Koch after receiving complaints about his work, including memos from district attorney Robert Morgenthau and city health commissioner Reinaldo Ferrer, which criticized Baden for “sloppy record-keeping, poor judgment, and a lack of cooperation.” Baden’s former lawyer, Robert Tanenbaum, defended his autopsy methods in 1979, while also admitting his lack of cooperation with the New York establishment. In a subsequent wrongful termination suit, Baden was awarded $100,000.

Baden was the chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Following that, Baden was hired as a deputy medical examiner for Suffolk County, but he was fired for allegedly making inappropriate remarks about how to commit the perfect murder. An Oui Magazine article quoted him as describing how to get away with “high tech murder,” but Baden strongly denied it. The decision to fire him has reversed shortly after because the circumstances surrounding his alleged comments were unclear, but Baden chose to leave the position anyway.

Baden was the chairman of the Forensic Pathology Panel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Following that, Baden was hired as a deputy medical examiner for Suffolk County, but he was fired for allegedly making inappropriate remarks about how to commit the perfect murder. An Oui Magazine article quoted him as describing how to get away with “high tech murder,” but Baden strongly denied it. The decision to fire him has reversed shortly after because the circumstances surrounding his alleged comments were unclear, but Baden chose to leave the position anyway.

He runs his own forensic pathology consulting business. He has served as a consulting or lead pathologist, as well as an expert witness, in a number of high-profile cases and investigations. He testified at O’s trial. J. Simpson represented the defendant in Sergeant Evan Vela’s court-martial and in Phil Spector’s murder trial, while Baden’s wife represented Spector’s defense. He has been hired to conduct private autopsies in a number of cases, including Michael Brown’s shooting and the deaths of New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, a civil rights lawyer and politician Chokwe Lumumba, George Floyd, and African-American artist Ellis Ruley.

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Baden was a Fox News Forensic Science Contributor and a frequent guest on the late-night satirical show Red Eye, where he was known as the “Death Correspondent.” Baden also has his own HBO television series, Autopsy. Some of his views have been deemed controversial, particularly when he has disagreed with the findings of the county coroner. Baden has been dubbed a “celebrity pathologist” by New York Magazine journalist Sarah Weinmann.

Michael Baden Age

Baden is 86 years old as of 2020. He was born on 27 July 1934 in Bronx, New York, United States. He celebrates his birthday on 27 July every year.

Michael Baden Height

Michael stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 m).

Michael Baden Family

Baden has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight hence he has not disclosed any information about his parents. It is also not known if Baden has any siblings.

Michael Baden Wife(s)

Baden’s first marriage ended in 1997 to Judianne Densen-Gerber, a physician and the founder of the drug treatment program Odyssey House; they had four children, Trissa, Judson, Lindsey, and Sarah. Baden later married Linda Kenney Baden, who was one of Phil Spector’s main attorneys during his capital murder trial and took over for Bruce Cutler after he dropped out.

Michael Baden Net Worth

Baden has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through being a physician and forensic pathologist.

Michael Baden Salary

Baden earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.

Michael Baden George Floyd

In late May 2020, Baden and Allecia M. Wilson of the University of Michigan were hired by the family of George Floyd to perform an autopsy following his death after an encounter with Minneapolis Police. The autopsy concluded that the death was a homicide caused by mechanical asphyxia, which contradicts the findings of the Hennepin County medical examiner’s autopsy, which determined that the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”Floyd’s family requested a second autopsy after the first. Michael Baden, a Forensic Pathologist, and former New York City Chief Medical Examiner, conducted the autopsy. According to Baden, neck compression reduced blood flow to the brain.

Michael Baden Jeffrey Epstein

In October 2019, Baden was hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother and observed the autopsy performed by city officials after Epstein died in custody at a federal facility in New York City on sex trafficking charges. Baden disputed New York City Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson’s conclusion that Epstein committed suicide, claiming that three fractures in Epstein’s neck were more consistent with homicide by strangulation and were rarely seen in suicide by hanging.

Michael Baden Books

Baden has is the author and co-author of a list of books;

  • Unnatural death: confessions of a forensic pathologist by Judith Adler Hennessee and Michael Baden 1991
  • Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner by Judith Adler Hennessee and Michael Baden 1989
  • Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers by  Marion Roach and Michael Baden 2001
  • Remain Silent by  Linda Kenney Baden and Michael Baden 2005
  • Skeleton Justice by Linda Kenney Baden and Michael Baden 2009

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