Jeffrey Epstein’s Autopsy ‘Points To Homicide,’ Not Suicide, Pathologist Claims. Authorities Dispute That

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A forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother suggests that the sex offender died by strangulation, not suicide, as authorities concluded. This March 28, 2017, file photo of Epstein is provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP

A forensic pathologist hired by the brother of Jeffrey Epstein suggests that the convicted sex offender did not die by suicide as authorities concluded, but was murdered by strangulation.

Former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden said today on “Fox & Friends” that Epstein, 66, experienced injuries including a broken hyoid bone that “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” New York Times reported.

Epstein’s family hired Baden to observe the autopsy after the disgraced financier was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

Dr. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner, ruled that Epstein’s Aug. 10 death was a suicide.

Baden, 85, has investigated cases involving O.J. Simpson, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., The Sun reported. He was appointed New York City chief medical examiner in 1978 and dismissed a year later by Mayor Edward I. Koch, according to the New York Times.

If it turns out Epstein was murdered, “a number of people would have to be involved,” Baden said. From day one of the autopsy, Baden said there were worrying signs that the bone injuries found were more indicative of homicide strangulation.

“Hanging does not cause these broken bones. Homicide does,” Baden said.

Dr. Sampson stood by her finding of suicide, saying, “In general, fractures of the hyoid bone and the cartilage can be seen in suicides and homicides.”

She also dismissed the suggestion that other people may have been involved, saying her office had done a “complete investigation” based in part by information gathered by law enforcement.

On Wednesday, Baden said Epstein had “three fractures in the hyoid bone, the thyroid cartilage.” He said those injures were “very unusual for suicide and more indicative of strangulation — homicidal strangulation.”

Baden has examined more than 20,000 bodies during his career. If a person weighed 120lbs and their head weighed 10lbs, there would be 110lbs of pressure on the neck at the jaw during a hanging, he said. However if someone put a hand around a person’s neck and squeezed, that could double or even triple the pressure on the neck.

There was hemorrhaging in Epstein’s eyes — common in homicidal strangulation and uncommon but not unheard of in suicidal hangings, the former forensic pathologist said, according to The Sun.

Epstein died two weeks after being put on suicide watch when he was found almost unconscious in his cell with neck injuries. His death led to investigations over how such a high-profile inmate was allowed to kill himself while on suicide watch.

There was shouting and shrieking from Epstein’s jail cell the morning of his death, a source told CBS News. Corrections officers tried to revive him, saying “breathe, Epstein, breathe.”

One of Epstein’s guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on the night he died was reportedly not a regular corrections officer.

An autopsy found that Epstein had broken bones in his neck including the hyoid bone near the Adam’s apple, Washington Post reported. Such breaks can happen in hangings, especially in older men, forensics experts said. But they show up more often in people who have been strangled.

The Washington Post article helped fuel conspiracy theories that Epstein may have been murdered to stop him from incriminating his rich and powerful friends, according to the New York Times.

Epstein’s name has been linked to President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew The Duke of York, New York Daily News former owner Mort Zuckerman, and actor-director Woody Allen.

“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” Trump told New York Magazine in 2002. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

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Epstein was denied bail on July 18 while facing new federal charges of exploiting dozens of underage girls in Florida and New York in the early 2000s.

His lawyers had asked for their client to be released on house arrest with electronic monitoring at his Manhattan mansion. They said he wouldn’t flee and was willing to put up $559 million as collateral, News 4 reported.

Epstein was considered a flight risk after a search warrant revealed a fake Saudi passport and piles of cash in his safe. A U.S. district judge determined he was a danger to the community. Epstein was ordered to remain in jail pending trial.

Things went easier for Epstein in 2008, when he was convicted in a Florida state court of procuring a 17-year-old girl for prostitution and avoided a life sentence. He served 13 months in “custody with work release” as part of a plea deal. Federal officials had identified 36 victims. The plea deal gave Epstein immunity from all federal criminal charges. Epstein was arrested again on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York.

The owner of a $77 million Manhattan mansion and a 70-acre private island in the Carribbean called Little St. James, Epstein’s net worth was the source of speculation. Celebrity Net Worth pegged it at $1 billion. Forbes insisted there was no proof Epstein was a billionaire: “The source of his wealth—a money management firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands—generates no public records, nor has his client list ever been released,” Forbes reported.