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Geraldo Rivero Rips Patrick O’Neil Over Original Ruling That Kathleen Savio Drowned

Fri February 22 2008 7:19 pm
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Patrick O’Neil, Will County Coroner

Geraldo Rivera on FOX NEWS Friday night criticized Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil for his original ruling with a coroner’s jury that concluded that Kathy Savio (third wife of Drew Peterson) died by accidental drowning in a bath tub in March 2004. Rivera also referenced disbelief that Patrick O’Neil has the courage to run for re-election ( “honored to have the opportunity to serve 4th term as your Will County Coroner”).

Rivera commented that Patrick O’Neil had the audacity to stand with Will County State’s Atty. James Glasgow and say he had questions himself about the death of Kathy Savio. Rivera blamed O’Neil for not getting important evidence to the coroner’s jury in 2004. The coroner’s jury in Kathy Savio’s case never heard information that Drew Peterson was mysteriously missing the same early morning hours time frame as the time of death of Kathy Savio.  Stacy Peterson, who was living with Drew Peterson at the time of Savio’s murder, woke up to find Drew Peterson doing laundry at about 6:00 a.m. the same morning. The coroner’s jury never heard that, among other evidence. Also, one of the coroner’s jurors was a colleague on the Bolingbrook police force with Drew Peterson. When Bill O’Reilly asked if O’Neil could be charged criminally, Rivera recommended that the Savio family sue O’Neil in civil court.

FOXNEWS video showing Geraldo Rivera’s response to claims of Drew Peterson (husband and suspect in the case of missing person Stacy Peterson — 4th wife).

Drew Peterson denies involvement in either case.  Stacy Peterson has been missing since Oct. 28, 2007.

On Nov. 13, 2007 — four years after the first autopsy of Kathy Savio — the second autopsy was performed on the exhumed remains of Kathleen S. Savio. The final report by Dr. Larry W. Blum released this week concluded the cause of Kathleen Savio’s death was drowning and the death was homicide.

Dr. Michael Baden, M.D.

The latest autopsy (actually the third autopsy) performed by Dr. Michael Baden, a New York pathologist, who did the autopsy at the same time as the latest official autopsy by Dr. Blum, found significant trauma to the body. When Dr. Baden examined Savio after her body was exhumed, more than 10 black and blue marks existed on her chest and abdomen, indicating blunt force trauma, according to Baden.

Kathy Savio had a one-inch blunt trauma laceration on the back of her head with a lot of blood in her hair, indicating a beating during a homicidal drowning. Kathy Savio’s body also had numerous contusions and an obvious red abrasion on her right wrist. Although the bathtub was dry, her hair was wet when she was discovered and her fingertips were wrinkled from being in water.

Dr. Baden concluded that Savio died after a struggle, and her body was placed in the bathtub.

Patrick O’Neil’s training in his field includes a Masters Certificate Forensic Science from St. Louis School of Medicine and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from Southern Illinois University.

O’Neil is a member of numerous associations, including American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, Internal Association for Identification, and the American College of Forensic Examiners.

Patrick O’Neil is former Director of the O’Neil Funeral Home — a family business established in 1917.

Dr. Michael Baden is the former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City and is presently the chief forensic pathologist for the New York State Police. He received a B.S. Degree from the City College of New York and an M.D. Degree from New York University School of Medicine. Baden is also host of the HBO “Autopsy” series.

Related reports …
Greta Van Susteren Posts Tagged ‘Stacy Peterson’ Posts Tagged ‘Sgt. Drew Peterson’

Colby Files Posts Tagged ‘Stacy Peterson’
Colby Files Posts Tagged ‘Drew Peterson’

Related info …
Will County 9 (Official Site)

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Married couple Baden, former New York City medical examiner, and Kenney, legal commentator for CNN and Court TV, team up for this debut thriller.

And for a non-fiction, authoritative book where every page brings another aspect of forensic science, get Dead Reckoning on Amazon …

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