The first details of the autopsy performed on Jeffrey Epstein have emerged and revealed that he suffered multiple breaks in his neck bones.
Sources familiar with the matter told The Washington Post in an article published Wednesday that one of the broken bones was the hyoid bone, which is located near the Adam’s apple. Experts told The Post that such breaks can happen in those who commit suicide by hanging, but more commonly occur in “victims of homicide by strangulation.”
The development comes amid growing speculation around the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death. Epstein’s death has spurred outrage by critics who say the prison should have prevented it. The FBI said it was investigating, and Attorney General William Barr said that a special inquiry would be opened into what happened.
“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody,” Barr said in a statement on Saturday. “Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered.”
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that the two staffers charged with guarding Epstein had been placed on leave pending an investigation. Meanwhile, Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily reassign the warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the facility where Epstein died.
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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 on Saturday 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 on Monday 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 Saturday morning in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. He was pronounced dead that morning after apparently hanging himself.
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