Forensic Pathologist Says Jeffrey Epstein's Injuries Suggest Murder, Not Suicide
The circumstances surrounding the death of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have been examined in a CBS special as new graphic images of nooses inside his jail cell emerge.
The investigation features never before seen footage of the inside of his cell as well as a handwritten note from Epstein complaining about the conditions.
Epstein was found dead in his jail cell at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Centre in August 2019, just a month after he was arrested and charged with sex trafficking by federal prosecutors.
His death was ruled a suicide by hanging by The New York City Medical Examiner's Office.
But a forensic pathologist who observed the four-hour autopsy on behalf of Epstein's brother, Mark, told CBS News' 60 Minutes the evidence suggests murder rather than suicide.
Dr Michael Baden said there were fractures in Epstein's neck he had never seen as a result of suicidal hanging.
"Going over a thousand jail hangings, suicides in the New York City state prisons over the past 40-50 years, no one had three fractures," Baden said.
The medical examiner's office argues fractures of the hyoid bone and cartilage can be seen in both suicides and homicides.
The government also claims Epstein was suicidal after being found "on the floor of his cell with a strip of bedsheet around his neck."
At the time, Epstein claimed his cellmate had attacked him.
Other sources told 60 Minutes Epstein had been directing money to be deposited in other inmates' commissary accounts in exchange for protection because he feared for his life.
He was put on suicide watch but was taken off after a week, the only remaining safeguard being that he was required to have an assigned cellmate.
But the night before his death his cellmate was released and according to the court, he was not assigned a new one.
Federal prosecutors said he was taken to his cell just before 8:00 pm and was not checked on until 6:30am the following morning. The guards have been accused of falsifying documents.
Former federal warden and prison consultant said this was a "monumental failure on all levels" before arguing guards should have been checking on Epstein every half hour.
Instead, federal prosecutors claim a surveillance video shows the guards had "search[ed] the internet" and "appear to have been asleep" on their overnight overtime shift.
The cameras on his unit tier were also allegedly not working on the night of his death.
"So Epstein's taken off suicide watch, the day before he kills himself, his roommate is removed from the cell. The cameras on his tier are not working. The guards fell asleep. It seems almost impossible to think all of those things could happen in that way," 60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi told Lindsay in their interview.
But Lindsay responded by saying there's "absolutely, unequivocally" no chance Epstein was murdered.
New images from Epstein's cell, reviewed by 60 Minutes, show multiple nooses that appear to have been made from orange sheets tied to the bars of the window and the bed, as well as bottles of medicine.
Dr Baden said the noose that was included in the autopsy report doesn't match the wounds on Epstein's neck and the mark was in the middle of Epstein's neck, not beneath the jawbone, which one would predict in a hanging.
He said by the time Epstein was rushed to hospital he would have been dead for two hours and the body should have been left alone and the cell treated as a crime scene.
"But our job is to find what the truth is," Baden said, after critics said his take might be biased because he is being paid by Epstein's brother to investigate.
"Just to find out whether it's a homicide or a suicide... I hesitate, as usual, to make a final opinion until all the evidence is in," he said.
Baden said at this point, he doesn't have all the information needed to reach a final conclusion.
Attorney General William Barr is one member of the Justice Department who has gone on record about the case, telling reporters he reviewed a surveillance video which indicated nobody entered the area where Epstein was held.
With CBS News.