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Forensic Expert Suggests Epstein Was Murdered

Neck fractures imply homicidal strangulation: Dr. Michael Baden
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2019 9:35 AM CDT
This March 28, 2017, file photo shows Jeffrey Epstein.   (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

(Newser) – A forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's brother says the financier may have been murdered inside his Manhattan prison cell on Aug. 10. "There's evidence here of homicide that should be investigated," Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who witnessed the autopsy, tells Fox News, pointing to fractures in Epstein's larynx. Two fractures on the left and right sides of the thyroid cartilage and one on the left hyoid bone above the Adam's apple "are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation," Baden says. Indeed, "I've not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case." Baden also says hemorrhages in the eyes, as seen in Epstein's case, are uncommon in suicidal hangings.

Questioning the official ruling of suicide by hanging while noting that security cameras around Epstein's cell apparently weren't working, Baden claims a person could apply double or triple the pressure to the neck that would be applied in a hanging and "whoever it is would have their DNA all over the ligature." Results from tests on the sheet said to have been found around Epstein's neck "should be reported quickly to give an idea and lessen the speculation," he adds. NYC's current medical examiner quickly issued a statement standing by the office's conclusion of suicide, CNN reports. The US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is actually working to "put to rest some of those conspiracy theories—that he was killed, that he's still alive," an attorney representing two Epstein accusers tells the Daily Beast, noting some accusers have been asked to serve as potential witnesses in an ongoing investigation into sex trafficking. (Read more Jeffrey Epstein stories.)

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