Despite the official ruling that disgraced financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein killed himself by hanging in a Manhattan prison cell on Aug. 10, not everyone remains convinced his death was a suicide.
There was no suicide watch, no working videotapes, his cellmate pulled away from the cell a few days before, and one medical examiner said in his expert opinion, he believes Jeffrey Epstein was killed and did not commit suicide.
Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who has worked on high-profile cases during a five-decade medical career, is one such person, and he should know what he is talking about. He has examined more than 20,000 bodies and hosted HBO’s “Autopsy.”
When asked what the chances of two correctional officers falling asleep at the same time, and a suicide-watch prisoner not being checked on in three hours, Baden said, “Extremely unlikely, I have never seen it in 50 years of investigating all deaths that occur in prisons in New York state.”
Hemorrhages were observed in Epstein’s eyes that were common in homicidal strangulation and uncommon, though not unheard of, in suicidal hangings, the forensic pathologist said.
“The prominent hemorrhage in the soft tissues of the neck next to the fractures is evidence of a fresh neck compression that could have caused the death,” Baden said.
He noted that the 66-year-old Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple, Baden told Fox News.
“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden, who is also a Fox News contributor, said. “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case,” the 85-year-old medical expert told Fox News.
New York City Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson ruled Epstein’s cause of death to be a suicide by hanging.
“It appears that this could have been a mistake,” Baden said. “There’s evidence here of homicide that should be investigated, to see if it is or isn’t homicide.”
Sampson is determined to stand by her original finding, however.
“Our investigation concluded that the cause of Mr. Epstein’s death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide. We stand by that determination,” she told Fox News in a statement. “We continue to share information around the medical investigation with Mr. Epstein’s family, their representatives, and their pathology consultant.
“The original medical investigation was thorough and complete,” she continued, adding that “there is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office.”
Meanwhile, dozens of very high profile people are breathing a sigh of relief, they want it all to be dead and buried.