Medical Examiner Claims Jeffrey Epstein's Autopsy 'Points To Homicide'
A forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's brother believes the disgraced sex offender may have been strangled to death.
The bombshell claim was made more than two months after Epstein was found dead in his jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls.
The New York City medical examiner's office concluded the 66-year-old hanged himself.
But pathologist Dr Michael Baden has disputed the claim, telling Fox & Friends that Epstein suffered a number of injuries that “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation". Among them were two fractures, one on each side of his larynx, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam's apple.
Baden, who claims to have examined more than 20,000 bodies in his career, was present at the official autopsy on August 11.
“I think that the evidence points to homicide rather than suicide,” he said, adding “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case."
However, Baden stressed that his private study was not yet complete.
“The investigation is not completed until all the information has come in,” he said.
Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson, who ruled Epstein's cause of death to be suicide, has dismissed Baden's theory, standing by her own findings which she says took into consideration information gathered by law enforcement.
"The original medical investigation was thorough and complete," she told Fox News on Wednesday, adding "there is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office".
"In forensics, it's a general principle that all information from all aspects of an investigation must be considered together," she said.
"Everything must be consistent and nothing can be inconsistent, and no one finding can be taken in isolation. You can't draw a conclusion from one finding. Everything about the case has to be considered."
Other experts have backed Sampson, saying that injuries to the hyoid bone do happen in suicidal hangings and are more common in those involving older people.
Baden also claimed there was a "total breakdown" in procedure on the day Epstein was found dead.
"It was determined that the two guards who were supposed to be working in that area of the prison had allegedly fallen asleep and hadn't made their 30-minute rounds for more than three hours," he said.
Security cameras in and around the cell also apparently malfunctioned.
Baden was hired to perform an independent investigation simply to give Epstein's family answers.
After the 66-year-old's death, the case against him was closed, but lawyers for the billionaire told the final court hearing that they were not satisfied with the city medical examiners findings.
Epstein, who once counted U.S. President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of girls as young as 14.
He avoided being prosecuted on similar charges in Florida a decade earlier by pleading guilty to state prostitution charges.
He served 13 months in jail but was able to leave the walls for 12 hours a day.
According to Reuters, just days before his death, Epstein signed a will placing all of his property worth AU$854 million in a trust.
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