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60 Minutes Reveals Cell Note From Epstein

It's a short list of complaints, not a suicide note; show also obtains autopsy photos
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2020 6:18 AM CST
60 Minutes Reveals Cell Note From Epstein
A 2017 photo of Jeffrey Epstein.   (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

(Newser) 60 Minutes took an investigative look into the death of Jeffrey Epstein on Sunday night—including the airing of graphic photos from his cell and autopsy—and the program won't exactly be ending conspiracy theories that Epstein was murdered. To be clear, the show did not turn up any proof to refute the official ruling of suicide. But it interviews former New York City Medical Examiner Michael Baden, who has been hired by Epstein's brother and who doesn't think the injuries suffered by Epstein mesh with the suicide narrative. "There were fractures of the left, the right thyroid cartilage and the left hyoid bone," he says. "I have never seen three fractures like this in a suicidal hanging." He added: "Going over a thousand jail hangings, suicides in the New York City state prisons over the past 40-50 years, no one had three fractures."

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In Baden's view, the evidence points "much more to murder and strangulation," but the city medical examiner's office says it is "firmly" standing by its ruling of suicide. The neck fractures in question can indeed be found in both homicide and suicide victims, says the office. Another interviewee is Cameron Lindsay, a former federal warden, who says there's "absolutely, unequivocally" no way Epstein was murdered in his cell. One interesting nugget unveiled by CBS: a note handwritten by Epstein and found in his cell. It is not a suicide note. It instead, it ticks off a few complaints by the famous inmate. A guard "kept me in a locked shower stall for 1 hour," it begins. Another guard "sent me burnt food." And "giant bugs crawling over my hands. No fun!!" (Ricky Gervais mentioned Epstein during the Golden Globes ceremony.)

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