by Ellie Corcoran
Sometime around January 9, 2009, the naked frozen body of Amanda Wienckowski was found upside down in a garbage tote. Amanda was only 20 years old, and her death was ruled accidental. I have to ask the presiding Dr. Vertes, who performed the autopsy, how she determined the death to be accidental. Did Amanda trip, fly up in the air, and land upside down in a dumpster?
Did she accidentally get pushed w/ such force from below that she flew in the air and landed in the same position? Did she accidentally fall out of a plane? Sound preposterous? It certainly does to me.
If Amanda’s death was truly accidental, as Dr. Vertes claims, can she explain how a dead body accidentally manages to climb into a dumpster, and position herself in an upside down manner? Yet, it seemed very plausible to the Erie County Health Department and to the Medical Examiner’s Offices, who seemingly agreed with Dr. Vertes; and had 4 medical examiners sign the death certificate. Furthermore, with the consent of City of Buffalo officials, two lawyers were assigned to not only fight the release of any information, but prevent Amanda’s parents from obtaining a FOIL request.
Why did the Buffalo Police Dept Homicide Unit suspend all investigation immediately after her death, when it seemed highly improbable that her death was not accidental? The public not only needs answers to these questions but as taxpaying citizens, deserve them.