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:
Scientists Horrified as Over 27,000 Leaking Barrels of Toxic DDT Discovered on Seafloor Near LA
Over 27,000 barrels of the toxic insecticide DDT have been found so far on the seafloor about 12 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, in what could be one of the greatest examples of industrial pollution uncovered in recent memory.
The barrels have been leaking, and researchers fear that there could be up to a few hundred thousand barrels of DDT waste in total. Over 100,000 total objects have been found in the area by researchers at the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
The barrels cover an area roughly spanning double the size of Manhattan and lie off the coast of Santa Catalina Island, which is home to dozens of endemic species that exist nowhere else in the world.
DDT waste has been linked to cancer and widespread disease among humans as well as mass die-off events in the natural world. It is likely that the vast trove of illegally dumped DDT could be linked to the widespread cancer faced by sea lions along the West Coast.
“Unfortunately, the basin offshore Los Angeles has been a dumping ground for industrial waste for several decades, beginning in the 1930s. We found an extensive debris field in the wide area survey,” said Eric Terrill, chief scientist of the expedition and director of the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times reports that shipping logs from a disposal company implicate Montrose Chemical Corp. of California, a company that produced DDT, in likely dumping some 2,000 barrels of DDT-laced sludge each month from 1947 to 1961 into a designated dumpsite.
Additionally, logs from other entities show that several other industrial concerns in Southern California used the basin as a dumping ground until 1972, when the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act was enacted.
Rep. Matt Gaetz’s “Wingman” Wrote Letter Admitting Both Men Paid for Sex With Teen
Joel Greenberg, the former Florida county tax collector and longtime “wingman” of embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz, admitted in a letter that both he and the disgraced GOP congressman paid for sex with a number of women – including a minor.
The confession letter was written during the waning day of the Trump presidency, long before the scandalous conduct of the Florida congressman gripped national headlines, in a bid to win a pardon from President Donald Trump, reports the Daily Beast.
In the letter, which was handwritten, Greenberg reveals that both he and Gaetz allegedly were “involved in sexual activities” with a girl who was 17 at the time.
“On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida’s 1st Congressional District and myself,” Greenberg wrote in reference to the minor.
Continuing, he noted that various forms of payment were made to the teen to secure sexual favors.
“From time to time, gas money or gifts, rent or partial tuition payments were made to several of these girls, including the individual who was not yet 18,” Greenberg wrote.
“I did see the acts occur firsthand and Venmo transactions, Cash App or other payments were made to these girls on behalf of the Congressman.”
Greenberg alleges that the teen had deceived the pair over her age, and that he and Gaetz were under the false impression that she was 19 when they paid her for sex.
“There was no further contact with this individual until after her 18th birthday,” he claimed.
The letter was written after notorious Trump ally and “fixer” Roger Stone was asked for a pardon by Greenberg.
Gaetz, 38, has been facing an investigation over whether he paid a 17-year-old for sex and facilitated her travel, which would violate sex trafficking laws.
It is also believed that the investigation encompasses the possibility that the congressman paid a number of women recruited online for sex.
Gaetz has denied ever paying for sex or having sex with a 17-year-old, and he hasn’t yet been changed.
Video Shows Officers Stop Fellow Cop Who Was Punching Handcuffed Woman
The conviction of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd has drawn mixed reactions from law enforcement officers across the country. While many police departments and associations have responded positively, some officers have also reacted with quiet resentment – and even the fear that they, too, may one day be held accountable for excessive use of force.
This may have also been the case in an altercation caught on video where two police officers in Orange County, California, could be seen stepping in and preventing a fellow officer from continuing to punch a handcuffed woman during an arrest.
In dramatic video from Wednesday captured via mobile phone in Westminster, the handcuffed woman – Ciomara Garcia, 34 – can be seen between two officers sitting on the curb. As one officer stands up, the woman does too before an officer pushes her down to the ground. The woman then attempts to kick the officer in the crotch before the officer begins punching her.
The two other officers then quickly intervene to restrain the officer and shove him away, preventing him from further beating Garcia as neighbors reminded the police in Spanish that they are filming the arrest.
The officers were initially dispatched to the neighborhood by a call over an alleged assault with battery claiming Garcia assaulted an Asian woman who was trying to fetch her dog running loose in the street.
A witness, however, told KTTV that Garcia was walking her dog when a bicyclist approached closely, causing Garcia to fear that her dog would be harmed. An altercation between the residents soon unfolded. Five minutes later, the bicyclist returned with the officers, alleging that Garcia struck her. The witness claims no such attack occurred.
Garcia has been booked into Orange County Jail on a bench warrant, while the officer was promptly placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
One wonders whether some officers are changing tack in their relations with the community, and with the so-called “bad apples” in their own ranks, following Chauvin’s conviction on all counts for the murder of George Floyd.
Meanwhile, the three other former officers who took part in last May’s fatal arrest – Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – could face serious jail time for aiding and abetting Chauvin in the slaying of the Floyd.
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