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Rest in Peace Dr. Frederick Zugibe (1928-2013)

September 7, 2013

clip_image001Source:  The Journal News for Rockland County, New York:

Dr. Frederick Zugibe, the founding Rockland medical examiner who modernized forensic pathology and gained international renown for his work on what some believe is the burial cloth of Jesus, died Friday night.

Zugibe was 85.

Zugibe, the father of several lawyers, business people and the current Rockland County district attorney, Thomas Zugibe, served 33 years as Rockland medical examiner, creating the office that handled 264 cases during his first year and more than 8,000 by the time he retired in 2002.

After decades of living in Haverstraw, Zugibe and his wife Catherine spent time in Orange County before returning home several years ago to Garnerville, where he died.

During his tenure, Zugibe was credited with discovering techniques to restore fingerprints on corpses and for determining cardiovascular disease during autopsies.

Zugibe’s reputation led to his appearing as an expert on national television, where he discussed such cases as the JonBenet Ramsey murder, the death of Princess Diana, and the probe of two New Jersey teens accused of killing their newborn infant in a Delaware hotel.

He also gained international renown for his work on the Shroud of Turin, said by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus, and did scientific research on the cause of Jesus’s death. He wrote The Crucifixion of Jesus, a Forensic Inquiry and Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner.

Zugibe also wrote a book on diagnostic pathology, "Diagnostic Histochemistry," which has been used in medical centers throughout the world. He also discovered glycoprotein storage disease, which he and Dr. Enid Gilbert wrote about in the American Journal of Medicine. It is called Zugibe-Gilbert syndrome.

Zugibe was both sleuth and scientist when investigating deaths. He personally handled homicide scenes and other crimes, immediately using his position to take charge from the local detectives or sheriff’s officers.

He directed the investigations.

“He showed up and took control of the scene and we all waited for his thoughts on what might have happened at the scene and his conclusions after the autopsies,” said Peter Modafferi, the longtime chief of detectives for the Rockland District Attorney’s Office.


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  1. ekmcmahon
    September 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I read the article and unless I missed it, I don’t really see much to tie it together with Christ’s Shroud.

    • daveb of wellington nz
      September 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      You can find a paper by Frederick Zugibe where he sets out to criticise Pierre Barbet’s theories as to the cause of death of the TSM. Zugibe’s paper itself has also been subject to criticism by other pathologists. This type of controversy is merely one example of just how little that is certainly and definitely known about several scientific aspects of the Shroud, when there is even disagreement among acknowledged experts working in their various fields.

      • Yannick Clément
        September 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        As Barrie Schwortz often said, the most important thing is this: Almost every medical expert who have analyzed the Shroud with great care have come to the same conclusion: this cloth is a real burial cloth of a real crucified person and therefore, it could not have come from an artistic forgery. That’s the most important thing to remember. The rest are details.

      • daveb of wellington nz
        September 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm

        But, if experts fail to agree on important details, tehn they must fail to persuade in a convincing way!

      • Yannick Clément
        September 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        Nothing is simple with the Shroud. Researchers are constantly scratching their back with others in order to push and back-up their pet “theories”, while constantly trying to discard all the others… I think this is mainly due to the fact that most researchers have gigantic egos.

  2. Yannick Clément
    September 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Now, Zugibe most probably knows the complete truth about the Shroud…

    Mr. Zugibe, even if I disagree completely with many of your hypotheses regarding the Shroud man (including the most probable cause of death of the Shroud man you proposed, your washing hypothesis and yout idea of the nailing of the hands through your “Z” area instead of being through the Destot’s space), I say to you: REST IN PEACE!!!

  3. ekmcmahon
    September 8, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I am not a scientist, I only know what happened to me when I looked at the photo as I have said before. That is a miraculous image of the dead Jesus Christ just as his Divine Spirit was entering his earthly body just before his Resurrection. The debate about how the image was made on the Shroud may go on forever if man wants to know Gods Divinity and how it works.

  4. September 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    My condolences on his passing. He did much work on the Shroud & was honest in his assessment.

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