Doctor claims City Museum founder’s death was not an accident

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Newly released photos and a new medical report suggest the death of City Museum creator, Bob Cassilly, was not an accident.

Cassilly died five years ago.  St. Louis Police concluded he was killed when his bulldozer tumbled down a hill.

When you see the photos, you get an idea why Cassilly’s widow, Giovanna, “Gigi” Zompa Cassilly, claims Cassilly was beaten to death, then placed in his bulldozer to make it look like an accident.

The most glaring finding:  a puddle of Cassilly’s blood next to a bloody rock outside the bulldozer.  Cassilly’s clothes were covered in blood but there is no blood in cab of the bulldozer where his body was found, said his widow’s attorney, Albert Watkins.

“It doesn’t take much medical insight to look at these photographs and to discern that there is no blood inside the cab of the bulldozer,” Watkins said.

Cassilly’s body was found in his bulldozer September 26th, 2011 at his newest creation:   a 55 acre industrial playground straddling the North St. Louis City-County line that he called Cementland.

He proudly promoted the project and his expertise at handling his dozer.

After obtaining photos of Cassilly’s severe wounds, photos from the scene, and the medical examiner’s report in late summer, Watkins had the photos and report reviewed by Dr. Arthur Combs – an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

Combs' findings include:

Cassilly’s head wounds required extraordinary force, his rib injuries could not occur by single blow or collision, no significant blood in the cab made it clear a beating took place outside the bulldozer, and the pooling of blood in Cassilly’s body after he died suggested he died lying down, not sitting in a bulldozer.

He concludes:  "The only plausible explanation is that Mr. Cassilly died from a purposely beating - intentionally to death.”

St. Louis Medical Examiner, Michael Graham issued a statement Tuesday saying:  "We will stick with our original findings.  We feel this was an accident."

The evidence went Cassilly’s body, Watkins said. The bulldozer showed no signs of a rollover, the smokestack and roof of the cab appeared to be intact.

“And if this bulldozer went over three times, you don’t think that cab roof would have been crushed … most certainly, the smokestack?” he said.

Cassilly's son survived a shooting in an apparent murder attempt a month earlier, Watkins added.

Cassilly's widow is demanding a new police investigation, possibly by St. Louis County.

Cassilly body was actually found on the St. Louis County side of the City-County line, Watkins said.