Greta Van Susteren’s Producer Helped Dr. Baden With Autopsy of Peterson’s 3rd Wife
February 20, 2010
(ChattahBox)— The murder trial of Drew Peterson, a former Illinois police sergeant charged with the first-degree murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio, took a new and unexpected turn on Friday. Under cross examination, Fox News contributor and media pathologist Michael Baden admitted that Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren’s producer assisted Baden during the autopsy of Savio. Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner was asked by Savio’s family and Fox News to perform an additional autopsy of Savio after her body was exhumed in 2007. Peterson’s defense attorney argued that Baden was pressured to make a finding that Savio was murdered to appease his bosses at Fox News.
Under intense questioning by Peterson’s attorney Joel Brodsky, Baden admitted that a Fox News producer helped him during the autopsy by taking photos and moving the body. Baden explained that there was no one else around to assist him. Greta Van Susteren, host of “On the Record” had dispatched her producer Steph Watts to videotape the autopsy.
“One always needs an assistant during an autopsy and there was no one else available,” Baden said.
Baden has been a frequent guest on Van Susteren’s program, to offer his expertise on the sensational Drew Peterson case and other high profile criminal cases. Savio’s death was originally ruled accidental, but when his fourth wife Stacy disappeared in 2007, her family started to question the finding. Peterson was finally indicted by a grand jury in 2009 for the first-degree murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
During an appearance on Van Susteren’s program soon after he completed Savio’s autopsy, Baden acknowledged that the Fox News producer videotaped the procedure and helped with note taking, but he didn’t say that the producer actually participated in the procedure by touching the body:
“VAN SUSTEREN: How many people were in the room today?
BADEN: There were five Illinois State Troopers who came down. One of them took photographs, took notes. We exchanged some information. There was a coroner, an administrative coroner, who was there, very helpful. We went over the X-rays. There was Steph Watts from your office who was there, who was very helpful.
VAN SUSTEREN: He’s the one who videotaped you…
BADEN: He did the videotape, and he was very helpful in taking notes and helping out. And it was a big, very nice autopsy room.”