Conspiracy theories have been running hot since the “apparent’ suicide” of convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein on Aug.10, as many people found it hard to accept he may have taken his own life—considering the number of very high profile people who wanted him dead.
The circumstances surrounding his death appear to be very suspicious, with many steps that would normally secure a prisoner such as Epstein just not in place.
Dr. Mark Siegel, a Fox News contributor, said it is “more likely” Epstein’s death was a homicide and not a suicide. The autopsy on Epstein has revealed he sustained several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone near the Adam’s apple.
“The hyoid bone in the neck being fractured and other fractures in the neck, make it more likely, and again, this is a percentage call, more likely that it was a homicide than a suicide,” Siegel said during an interview on “America’s Newsroom.”
Siegel admits there needs to be more concrete evidence from the autopsy before a definite cause of death can be made, but considering the suspicious circumstances surrounding the disgraced financier’s death, “I am now more suspicious than ever that this could be a homicide,” he said.
“If someone is attacked, you see signs of the attack on the body. … It hasn’t been released yet. I’m waiting to see that,” Siegel added.
The question also needs to be answered, said Siegel—exactly who authorized the removal of the suicide watch on Epstein six days after his supposed attempt on his own life. “Six days on a suicide watch, prison officials reportedly removed it. Prison officials, guided by who? What self-respecting psychiatrist would say, ‘Okay, he’s no longer suicidal,'” he said, adding, “There was evidence on July 23rd that he may have done something to his neck, or someone did … suddenly six days later he waves his hand, says he’s fine, and he’s put in an area where ultimately he’s unobserved—because as you know, people fall asleep and they falsify records reportedly.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano, a senior judicial analyst for Fox News, maintains the corruption within the prison system needs to be addressed.
“The question is: Was there corruption? Did somebody intentionally look the other way, or was there criminally negligent homicide? So, allowing a person the means with which to kill, when you have a duty to deny the person that means, is the definition of criminally negligent homicide,” said Napolitano.
The judge is skeptical that true justice will be served for Epstein’s victims, as most lawsuits will likely be settled out of court. “I suggest to you there’s going to be a lot of lawsuits filed in the very near future. The question is, will those cases ever come to trial? Probably not,” Napolitano said, adding, “Whoever is in charge of that estate will probably settle these cases by writing checks to these people. … We will not have, under cross-examination, the type of truth-telling and truth testing that the government was expecting to have if Epstein had gone to trial.”