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: