After almost three months since billionaire financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, a new autopsy investigation suggests Epstein did not die at his own hands, but instead was murdered.
Dr. Michael Baden, a former high-profile New York City medical examiner and current Fox News contributor, revealed in an exclusive Fox News interview Wednesday about his own observation of Epstein’s autopsy. Baden noted fractures to larynx, damage to the cartilage of his Adam’s apple and a fracture on the left side of his hyoid bone are all peculiar injuries not likely consistent with the official cause of death – that he hung himself in his cell.
“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden told Fox News.
Baden was hired by Mark Epstein, Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, to examine the autopsy after he was found dead in his cell on Aug. 10.
The 85-year-old medical examiner has numerous studied high-profile deaths probed including cases involving O.J. Simpson, President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez, among others. Baden has examined more than 20,000 bodies in the course of his career.
As he described Epstein’s peculiar injuries, Baden said, “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”
Baden said if a person weighs 120 pounds, 10 of those pounds being the weight of their head, their remaining body weight would account for 110 pounds pressure on their neck, around the jaw in a suicidal hanging. By contrast, in a homicidal strangulation, someone strangling their victim could exert double or even triple the pressure around their victim’s neck.
Baden further noted hemorrhaging in Epstein’s eyes which is more common in a homicidal strangulation, but not unknown to occur in a suicidal hanging.
The medical examiner said his findings are still not complete at this time, and said he awaits forensic information from the bedsheets Epstein was alleged to have used to strangle himself. Baden said if he was indeed murdered, the killer’s DNA would be found throughout the ligature.
Despite New York City Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson’s official findings that Epstein’s death was a suicide, Baden said that ruling could be a mistake and, if so, should investigate further to rule out or confirm the possibility of homicide.
Epstein, who had been previously convicted on sex offender charges, was facing new allegations between 2002 and 2005 he paid girls as young as 14 to massage him, before he eventually molested them in his homes in New York as well as Palm Beach. Florida.
Weeks before Epstein was found dead in his cell, he had been previously discovered on July 23 in a semiconscious state with marks on his neck.
Following his July injuries, Epstein was reportedly placed on suicide watch during his solitary confinement in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Epstein was reportedly taken off suicide watch a week later and placed with a cellmate. That cellmate was eventually moved to another cell a few days later, leaving Epstein alone again.
Though Epstein was alone, Baden noted breakdowns in procedure, including two guards who had allegedly fallen asleep on duty. The guards were to perform checks on Epstein every 30 minutes, but had not done so in a 3 hour period surrounding Epstein’s death.
When Mark Epstein hired Baden, he did so citing concerns he and his family were not getting transparency about the death.
According to Baden, Mark Epstein raised concerns that if his brother had indeed been murdered, the Epstein family and others may also be at risk from “somebody not wanting knowledge given out.”