Mark Sheridan, John Sheridan, Sheridan Brothers discussed on On The Media

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I think she would have said to me. About three weeks ago. Okay. What are your memories of your parents and their relationship with each other at that time when you were a kid growing up in the house? They were always together. At the time of his parents deaths, Mark Sheridan was the lawyer for Chris Christie's campaign for governor. And he also represented the state Republican Party. He and his brothers didn't believe the detectives murder suicide theory. Especially after they were allowed to enter the house and see the crime scene. A mess that you can't even be in the fathom. There are feathers everywhere. Everything is out of every space in the room and there's all over the floor. And the bathroom is full of stuff. I guess when the fire happens, they're putting it out and they're just once it's out to throwing stuff into the bathroom. The Sheridan brothers also noticed there's no fingerprint dust. And the blood soaked rug where their father died, was rolled up in the hallway, raising questions about whether blood or DNA samples were taken. They decided to hire Michael bott. He's an independent medical examiner with 50 years experience. His resume is 18 pages long. Biden conducted a second autopsy on John Sheridan's body. Next door to the Museum of Modern Art. I went to see this legendary medical examiner. It is apartment building in midtown Manhattan. We met in his building's conference room. He had kept detailed notes from the autopsy. What I found is one of the wounds that struck the jugular vein, that was a fatal wound, was made by a what I describe as Toledo like instrument and went into the body for about two inches or so. A thin, stiletto. Not a large carving knife with a wide blade, not the same knife that killed Joyce. Biden's assessment is, that's not a hesitation wound. That's a wound made by a very different kind of knife. But the detectives think John's wounds were inflicted with one of the knives they found in the bedroom. There were two. A big carving knife and a serrated bread knife. Nothing the shape or size of a stiletto. Usually when people commit suicide using a sharp weapon, the weapon is found at the scene. I can't imagine a circumstance in which someone kills themselves with a knife and the knife is not there, so is there any circumstance for that could happen? Well, yes, you know, one can find all kinds of odd things. I had one situation where a person attached a knife to some kind of a bungee like cord that stamped himself in the bungee cord, then tossed it out of the window. So odd things can happen. Okay, odd things can happen. But suffice it to say the knife matching the wounds to John Sheridan was never found. I haven't solved this murder. At least not yet. But I'm rattling a few cages. And the person who's done more than anyone to unravel this mystery is Mark Sheridan. When I was walking up the stairs one day, I just happened to notice that there was blood all over the wall on the right, and it was high cast in certain direction and it was dripping down. I sent that to a photo of that, I think, the Baden. And the family's medical examiner sends the photo to a blood analysis lab. And they came back more like that's blood spatter. That is evidence of where the stabbings took place. And then when you measured it out, it matched pretty closely where wounds were on my left side of my father's body. So it at least suggests that he was stabbed at the very top of the stairs. When the detectives first arrived at the Sheridan house, they thought the blood in the stairwell was from firefighters carrying Joyce's body down the stairs. But the blood splatter is different from those stains. It's higher and not smeared. Family believes. So I put this theory to Barry Janssen, one of the first forensic technicians on the scene. And so he was could have been partially incapacitated from the start. I don't think so with the type of blood spatter that I saw there, if it was one of the wounds that mister Sheridan had received, even it was the neck wound, there were no hand prints, it was more consistent with bloody hair, maybe some clothing. There was nothing that jumped out at me and said, hey, wait a minute, this isn't right. This doesn't add up. The Sheridan family had the blood tested, and the splatter on the wall was their father's blood. There's also soot on the walls from the fire. The question is, was the soot on top of the blood or the other way around? But the detectives didn't carefully photograph the stairwell. If I make a mistake, I'll own the mistake and I'll own the mistake that I didn't document that blood staining on the wall. That was something that I should have done even though I was told not to. If I had to do over, I would definitely do it. Janssen had been told by his captain to disregard the bloodstains. Evidently, the firefighters had reported to detectives that there were no bloodstains on the wall until they carried Joyce's body out. So walking into the house, it was actually very orderly, everything was in place. Barbara Boyer was the crime reporter at the Philadelphia inquirer at the time. Mark Sheridan invited her to tour the house, and she brought a veteran homicide detective. Eddie rocks. When they went upstairs, they saw the blood spatter. Eddie rocks immediately pointed that out. And he said, this is indicative of someone who was stabbed here. When you see a blood splatter, that shows direction. Usually you see the splatters where there's a confrontation. Where there's movement. And so what did it look like to you? I can't say. I have no idea how that happened. I don't know what was the confrontation at one point at the top of the stairs. And I went back into the bedroom. Another detail about the crime scene was something quite simple. Frankly, it was obvious, but it went unnoticed by the first detectives to arrive. This is the front door to the house. When I sat down with the newspaper reporter, barb boy before I could ask her a single question, she drew me a diagram on the back of an envelope. There's a back door over here. Dining room is like over here. And this is the mud room right here with the back stairs that come down, right? Right.

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