Hired by the brother of Jeffrey Epstein, a forensic pathologist claimed the deceased revealed evidence of strangulation and homicide, not suicide, was the likely cause of death.
A former New York City medical examiner and current Fox News contributor, Dr. Michael Baden, made the shocking statement on “Fox and Friends” late last week.
Epstein’s brother had hired Baden to observe the autopsy conducted by New York City medical examiner Barbara Sampson, who concluded that Epstein died by suicide.
“I think that the evidence points to homicide rather than suicide,” Baden shared, also adding how he had “not seen in 50 years” a suicide case that included injuries like Epstein’s.
Fractures in Epstein’s neck were “extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden said.
In addition the hemorrhages found around Epstein’s eyes also were more common in homicidal strangulation than suicide.
But Baden revealed he could not disprove the official cause of death.
On August 10, Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his federal prison cell and was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
He had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges from accusations made by dozens of women.
Epstein’s neck injuries were wildly criticized, while forensic experts say that such breaks can occur in people who hang themselves, especially if they are older.
Baden also revealed that Epstein’s brother wants authorities to release DNA evidence collected from under Epstein’s fingernails as well as from the ligatures used.
The sudden death inspired many investigations which discovered that the prison’s officials’ procedural failures were the main culprits.
For example, cameras near Epstein’s cell were not functioning properly at the time of his death while officers neglected to check on him as they were required to.
After he served a short sentence for soliciting sex from a minor a decade ago, Epstein was arrested this past July for a similar offense that allegedly took place at his properties in New York, New Mexico, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.