A medical expert hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s team said the findings of the autopsy conducted on the deceased financier are more consistent with homicide than suicide.
Dr. Michael Baden, 85, gave his expert opinion during a Wednesday appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
Baden is a former New York City medical examiner with decades of experience on high-profile forensic pathology cases.
Epstein’s brother hired Baden to observe the autopsy on the convicted pedophile, who was officially deemed to have killed himself on Aug. 10 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges involving female minors.
“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden told the “Fox & Friends” panel. “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”
Fox News characterized Baden’s comments as a “bombshell claim” in a Wednesday report.
A number of other experts have made similar observations in the past. But after an unexpected delay, New York City Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson Aug. 16 ruled Epstein’s death had been caused by suicide by hanging.
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Epstein’s death has spurred outrage by critics who say the prison should have prevented it. In August, the FBI said it was investigating, and Attorney General William Barr said that a special inquiry would be opened into what happened.
On both the political left and right, alternative theories about how Epstein died have quickly proliferated, with many pointing to his former powerful friends. #ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily were trending on Twitter in August along with a competing hashtag, TrumpBodyCount.
According to CBS News, “shouting and shrieking” was heard from Epstein’s cell on the morning he died.
The New York Times reported that one of the two people guarding Epstein when he died in a federal jail cell was a “substitute.”
The stand-in guard did not normally work as a correctional officer, three prison officials with knowledge of the case told The Times on condition of anonymity. The sources, one prison official and two law enforcement officials, did not identify the person or say what type of job he usually worked.
Meanwhile, a former inmate at the Metropolitan Correction Center told the New York Post on Saturday that there is “no way” he killed himself there.
Epstein, who was facing up to 45 years in prison on charges of sex trafficking girls as young as 14, was found unconscious in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. He was pronounced dead that morning.
- Dr. Michael Baden.: Screen grab