- Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist, said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s body displayed signs of homicide, rather than suicide.
- New York City officials determined in August that Epstein’s cause of death was suicide.
- For months, Epstein’s cause of death has been questioned by conspiracy theorists.
- Baden said Epstein’s injuries “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.”
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A forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, said on Wednesday that the convicted sex offender’s body displayed signs of homicide, rather than suicide.
The claims contradict findings from New York City’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, who ruled in August that Epstein died by suicide while being held in federal jail.
Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner, said on “Fox & Friends” that Epstein’s injuries “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.”
For months, Epstein’s cause of death has been questioned by conspiracy theorists, none of which are backed by evidence. President Trump added fuel to the fire when, in August, he retweeted an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Epstein was somehow killed by Bill Clinton.
Epstein died in August while in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre. He tied his jail bed sheet around his neck and used it to hang himself, breaking several bones in the process, officials said.
Baden, a Fox News contributor, countered those findings on Wednesday. After observing the autopsy, he said “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”
He said that due to issues at the jail – including two guards who were supposed to check on him but fell asleep, as well as a malfunctioning security camera – homicide could be a possibility. “The investigation is not completed until all the information has come in,” he added.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, Baden said that Epstein’s brother doesn’t think the cause of death is suicide and is concerned that others could be in jeopardy if it was a homicide.
Sampson told the New York Times that she stood by her ruling, and said her examination was comprehensive.
“I stand firmly behind our determination of the cause and manner of death in this case,” she said. “In general, fractures of the hyoid bone and the cartilage can be seen in suicides and homicides.”
At the time of his death, Epstein was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges after being accused of abusing dozens of girls as young as 14 over a period of years dating back to the early 2000s. While criminal charges against Epstein were dropped due to his death, Attorney General William Barr has pledged that the Justice Department will pursue charges against his enablers.
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