A well-known forensic pathologist has said he believes Jeffrey Epstein more likely died of a homicide than a suicide.
Former New York City medical examiner Michael Baden said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” that an examination of Epstein’s body indicated he was killed, rather than took his own life.
Epstein died in his Manhattan jail cell on August 10, while he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. New York City Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson determined that Epstein died of suicide by hanging, but questions have surrounded the circumstances of his death.
Epstein’s brother reportedly hired Baden to observe Epstein’s autopsy; Baden confirmed to CrimeOnline in August that he was present during the examination. Baden previously told the Washington Post that the examination revealed three bone fractures in Epstein’s neck, including his hyoid bone, a thin horseshoe-shaped bone under the jaw. Baden said that hyoid bone fractures are usually not the result of hanging, though the Washington Post report noted research that found hyoid bone fractures in some suicide deaths.
“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden told Fox News.
“I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”
Baden also said he found hemorrhages in Epstein’s eyes that are reportedly more commonly found in cases of homicidal strangulation than in hanging suicides.
The forensic pathologist said that if Epstein was murdered, his killer didn’t act alone, and said Epstein’s brother was not satisfied with the results of the death investigation.
“A number of people had to be involved if this was a homicide … [Epstein’s brother] thinks that his brother wasn’t the type to commit suicide but he wants to get the information that he hasn’t been able to get so far.”
One piece of information Baden said is still pending is genetic testing of the remains to identify any DNA present on Epstein’s fingernails.
“They took fingernail clippings to see if there’s anybody else’s DNA on it and that hasn’t been released, neither has information about whose DNA is on the ligature out of torn strips of orange sheets,” Baden said.
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