Blood Filled Lungs

Autopsy Report

  • “Shotgun contact wound to soft palate (extreme posterior mouth)”
  • “brain tissue massively lacerated”
  • “no intact brainstem could be identified”
  • “no intact brainstem including midbrain, pons, or cerebral peduncle”
  • (autopsy photo) labeled (AA) description: "disintegration of superior end of the spinal cord"
  • “Respiratory System: large amount of aspirated blood...hemorrhage more marked on the right side ...lumens of trachea and bronchi have large amount of aspirated blood”


It is absolutely impossible to breathe without an intact brainstem. Not even a gasp! This victim was not only brain dead but, was actually, "brain absent". Furthermore, there was "disintegration of the superior end of the spinal cord.” The victim could not have aspirated blood after being shot! NB. The blood was not just in the large breathing tubes, the trachea and bronchi, but most was in the alveoli, the tiny air cells. This requires a significant breathing effort!


The victim had to have been very actively breathing blood while he was still alive and, obviously, before he was shot, for death would have been instantaneous after the shot.

Dr. Jack Feldman, Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman of the Department of Physiologic Science at UCLA is recognized as the world's leading authority on the physiology of respiration. He concludes: "Col.Sabow was rendered unconscious or immobile by a blow to the head that fractured the base of the skull, causing bleeding into the pharynx. Breathing continued after the injury, aspirating blood into the lung. At sometime later, a shotgun was placed in the mouth and triggered (by another party), causing death and obscuring any evidence of prior injury. I conclude that the evidence does not support ...a self-inflicted gunshot wound".

N.B. The x-rays were not available when Dr. Feldman gave his expert opinion. One year later, he reviewed the x-rays with specialists at the UCLA MEDICAL CENTER and commented that the x-ray results are exactly what he expected and predicted!