While forensics experts said at the time such breaks can occur in cases of suicidal hanging, they are often indicative of homicide by strangulation. A few media outlets reported the results while accurately asking the important question: did Jeffrey Epstein die of suicide or was he killed?
Despite the medical examiner herself, Barbara Sampson, clearly communicating that the results of the initial autopsy were inconclusive “pending further information,” seemingly due to the fact that “a broken hyoid bone would generally raise questions about strangulation,” according to President of the National Association of Medical Examiners, Jonathan Arden, those who asked this important question were quickly labeled irresponsible conspiracy theorists.
In fact, CNN ran an article titled “The Washington Post fuels Epstein conspiracies, but experts say evidence still consistent with suicide” after the Washington Post broke the news about the autopsy results, saying they deepened “the mystery about the circumstances around his death.”
Days later, Sampson concluded that Epstein died by suicide.
But now, Dr. Michael Baden, the private pathologist and former New York City chief medical examiner who observed Epstein’s autopsy, is speaking out. Baden has been involved in such high profile cases as the 1994 O.J. Simpson murder trial and the police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He was hired by Epstein’s brother to observe the autopsy, who says “his brother wasn’t the type to commit suicide,” according to the private pathologist.
During a bombshell interview on Fox & Friends, Dr. Baden explained how he was “asked by the brother, the next of kin, to be at the autopsy.”
“On day one, there were findings that were unusual for suicidal hanging, and more consistent with ligature homicidal strangulation.”
Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt cuts to the chase, asking Baden, “Are you saying you don’t think it was suicide?”
Baden replies, “I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide,” going on to reiterate that the fractures in the hyoid bone are “very unusual for suicide and more indicative of strangulation.”
While Sampson eventually concluded that Epstein’s manner of death was in fact suicide, Baden contends that the findings are actually “more consistent with homicide.”
“In fact, at the time of the autopsy, the doctor doing the autopsy didn’t think there was enough information to say suicide, so she put it ‘pending further study.’
The family wants to know why was it changed from pending further study.”
Assuming someone entered Epstein’s cell, Earhardt asks the private pathologist, “Did he have any signs of trying to fight back?”
Baden explains that they looked at “fingernail clippings to see if there is anybody’s else’s DNA on it” but that a result “hasn’t been released. Neither has the information about whose DNA is on the ligature” Epstein reportedly used to hang himself. Baden also explained that the ligature was made from torn orange sheets and that “whoever made it had to put.. have a lot of DNA on it.”
According to Baden, “we don’t even know” if the sheet—or any DNA that may have been on it—was even examined.
During the interview, Baden highlighted the breakdown in security at Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC). In fact, the news of broken bones in Epstein’s neck arrived the same day news broke that the two guards tasked with monitoring Epstein at the time of his death broke protocol by falling asleep on the job, then falsified logs to cover their mistake. Surveillance video reportedly shows guards failing to make the required inspections that were noted in the log.
According to a report from the New York Times, MCC staff failed to follow required protocols in the time leading up to Epstein’s death, including leaving Epstein alone in his cell. Officials have also repeatedly reported that there is somehow no surveillance footage of the incident.
Earhardt goes on to question the private pathologist, asking “what are the chances of him not being checked on” and “two prison guards falling asleep?”
“Extremely unlikely,” Dr. Baden, who was hired in the 1970s to investigate deaths in prisons, responds. “I’ve never seen it in 50 years of investigating all deaths that occur in prisons in New York state. Never had two guards fall asleep at the same time.”
Baden shares that no one investigating the case has contacted him about the investigation, saying “somebody should of been investigating everybody who had anything to do with the autopsy.”
Earhardt asks if a prisoner went into Epstein’s cell and strangled him using the ligature made from sheets, “wouldn’t it be easy to track down who that person was” using their DNA? “Absolutely,” Baden responds.
According to Dr. Baden, Epstein’s brother wants to know “did the FBI get ahold of that ligature” and if so, what are the results?
The private pathologist also addresses the fact that vast majority of people who commit suicide show warning signs beforehand. Two weeks before his death, Epstein was found injured on the floor of his cell with marks around his neck. As a result he was placed on suicide watch. While this may have indeed been a warning sign, according to Baden, it was reported by Epstein’s lawyers that he was in a “good mood,” “was helping,” and still waiting to hear if “he could get out on bail.”
Regarding that incident, Epstein reportedly indicated that someone had tried to kill him.
People close to Epstein fear he was murdered…as Epstein told authorities someone tried to kill him in a previous incident weeks earlier. He was described as being in good spirits in recent days… https://t.co/J9QNSo1N2v
— Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) August 10, 2019
Steve Doocy accurately posits that if Epstein did indeed die by homicide, “this means cops were in on it,” concluding “that’s a terrible allegation.” Of that theory, Baden calls the entire incident in which cameras malfunctioned and the roommate was removed “bizarre,” reminding Doocy that never before in 50 years of investigating has he stumbled upon two guards sleeping at the same time.
Earhardt concludes her questioning by asking Dr. Baden point blank, “Have you ever seen anyone that committed suicide, and was hanging themselves, with those three broken bones?”
Dr. Baden responds:
“No. Hanging does not cause three broken bones and homicide does.”
Watch the full interview below:
Prison Guard Who Had Sex With Inmate In Front Of 11 Prisoners Is Now Behind Bars
A prison guard in California now finds herself behind bars after she was caught having sexual relations with an inmate – in one case, performing the act in full view of 11 other prisoners.
Former Fresno County correctional officer Tina Gonzalez, 26, was arrested last May following an investigation by the vice unit of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office’s and its internal affairs division.
Gonzalez, who worked as a prison guard from 2016 to 2019, was investigated after authorities were tipped off that an inmate was having sex with a prison guard who had also smuggled in a phone, reports the Fresno Bee.
In one case, Gonzalez even cut a hole in the pants of her uniform to allow easier access during sexual acts with the unnamed prisoner at Fresno County Jail.
Gonzalez was also accused of having sex in full view of 11 inmates, an act that her former boss says “is something only a depraved mind can come up with.”
Assistant Sheriff Steve McComas, who once supervised the unit Gonzalez belonged to, said that in his entire career of 26 years he has witnessed some “pretty disgusting things” but none as bad as Gonzalez’s conduct.
“She took an oath which she betrayed and in doing so endangered her co-workers’ lives,” McComas said.
“But she has shown no remorse,” he added. “She continually calls and has sexually explicit conversations with the inmate in question and boasts about the crimes she carried out.”
Gonzalez pleaded no contest in April to one count of sexual activity by a detention facility employee with a consenting confined adult, one count of possession of drugs or an alcoholic beverage in a jail facility and a misdemeanor count of possession of cellular device with intent to deliver to an inmate.
When she was being sentenced, Judge Michael Idiart decried her acts as “terrible, stupid” and noted that her career had been “ruined.”
“But I also believe that people can redeem themselves and you have the rest of your life to do that,” the judge added. “Good luck.”
Gonzalez is now serving her sentence of seven months in county jail to be followed by two years of probation.
Judge Orders New Trove of Secret Ghislaine Maxwell Files to Be Unsealed This Month
A large trove of secretive files about Ghislaine Maxwell will be unsealed this month, including those shedding light on her relationship with disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein, a judge ruled on Thursday.
The documents will include details on her finances, as well as “funding received from the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation,” according to court records.
The documents are also believed to detail Maxwell’s extensive connections with powerful men such as Prince Andrew of the British royal family, reports the Daily Mail.
It has long been well-known that Epstein and Maxwell associated with both Clinton and former President Donald Trump. Clinton also reportedly met with accused Maxwell for an “intimate” dinner in 2014.
The documents are a part were filed by Epstein accuser and former “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre in a 2015 civil lawsuit against Maxwell and must be released in mid-July, Judge Loretta Preska ruled in Thursday’s telephone hearing.
Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation after she was accused by the British socialite of fabricating the sexual abuse allegations against her and Epstein in the lawsuit, which has since been settled.
Last July, a deposition by Giuffre was unsealed. In the deposition, Giuffre went into detail about alleged “constant” orgies that Maxwell and the late pedophile engaged in on Epstein’s private Caribbean island.
“There’s just a blur of so many girls,” Giuffre explained in the 2015 deposition.
“There were blondes, there were brunettes, there were redheads,” she continued. “They were all beautiful girls. I would say the ages ranged between 15 and 21.”
“The island was a place where orgies were a constant thing that took place. And again, it’s impossible to know how many,” Giuffre said, noting that she was “100 percent certain” that Maxwell took part in sexual acts with the girls.
Maxwell is accused of grooming multiple minors to engage in sex acts with Epstein, her ex-boyfriend, by befriending them to ask them about their lives and families while building friendships with the young girls alongside Epstein by taking their victims on social outings or out shopping in the 1990s and 2000s.
Maxwell has been detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, pending trial.
Her five appeals to be released from jail have all been rejected.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in a lone cell in the special housing unit (SHU) of a federal Manhattan prison in New York City while facing a potential prison sentence of up to 45 years on charges of pedophilia and sex trafficking.
2 More Catholic Churches in Canada Burned as Third Mass Gravesite for Indigenous Kids Found
An additional two Catholic churches have been the target of likely arson in Canada as anger continues to grow in the aftermath of the discovery of over 1,000 human remains belonging to Indigenous children.
The news coincides with the discovery of a third site where 182 unmarked graves were located near a discovered near a residential school in British Columbia’s interior.
Early Wednesday morning, firefighters were dispatched to respond to a fire at St. Jean Baptiste Parish in Morinville, Alberta, which was basically gutted by the blaze.
“The fire was already fully involved from the basement when the first fire crews got here,” Morinville’s infrastructure general manager Iain Bushell told CTV News. “They entered the building but there was already collapse occurring on the inside of the church so they backed out and it’s been a defensive or exterior fire fight ever since.”
Police officials have described the blaze as “suspicious.”
Roughly an hour later, a fire was also reported at the Catholic St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, reports CBC.
At least seven churches, nearly all Catholic, have come under apparent arson attacks throughout Canada in recent weeks. Activists and Indigenous advocates have also defaced Catholic churches with bloody red hand and foot prints, while demonstrations have also been staged involving stuffed animal and the slogan “we were children.”
While it remains unclear what precisely caused the fires, they are believed to be linked to the recent discovery of mass graves and unmarked graves containing over 1,000 human remains near Catholic-run residential schools for First Nations children.
The discovery came just few weeks after the grim discovery of 215 Indigenous children’s bodied by the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation in a mass grave at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Colombia.
Also last month, the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan announced its discovery of 751 unmarked graves near the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School, which operated from 1899 to 1997 in the area.
Another site with 182 unmarked graves was announced Wednesday after an investigation undertaken by the community of ʔaq’am, near Cranbrook, British Columbia.
About 150,000 First Nations children were forcibly separated from their families and communities and forced to attend the religious schools which were established in the 19th century to assimilate Indigenous children into the Anglo settler-colonial culture of Canada.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has confirmed that large amounts of Indigenous children fled such residential schools or died there, their whereabouts unknown. Former students have also testified to the horrific sexual, mental and physical abuse they suffered while enrolled at the schools. Myriad students died from preventable diseases that rapidly spread in unsanitary conditions, as well as in accidents and fires. Others disappeared when trying to escape. The Commission has denounced the schools for institutionalizing child neglect and for being organs of “cultural genocide.”
Indigenous groups and Canadian politicians are also demanding an apology from the Catholic Church – specifically Pope Francis. Activists have also rejected Canada Day celebrations this year to highlight the anti-Indigenous atrocities that the founding of the North American country entailed.