Renowned Medical Examiner Michael Baden: Epstein’s Autopsy Indicates Homicide, Strangulation
All evidence revealed in the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein indicates the deceased child rapist and financier was murdered and did not commit suicide, according to renowned medical examiner and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden.
Epstein was found dead on Aug. 10 in his federal prison cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York as he awaited federal sex charges involving sex-trafficking of underaged girls.
Fearful that his life is also in jeopardy, Epstein’s brother, Mark hired Baden to evaluate whether Epstein actually hung himself and to determine if there is reason to believe his death was caused by foul play.
Baden, a veteran medical examiner and Chief Forensic Pathologist for the New York State Police who’s examined more than 20,000 bodies and observed Epstein’s autopsy, told Fox News on Tuesday there are numerous reasons to believe Epstein was murdered, including fractures found on his neck.
“The evidence points towards homicide rather than suicide. Because there are multiple – three fractures – in the hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage, that are very unusual for suicide and more indicative of strangulation, homicidal strangulation,” he explained. “Hanging does not cause these broken bones and homicide does. Usually two bones, even three is a huge amount if pressure was applied.”
Suspiciously, Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson who performed Epstein’s autopsy determined initially there was no proof evidencing Epstein committed suicide. However, the examiner changed her conclusion without finding definitive proof during the interim to verify he in fact hung himself, Bader contends.
“After careful review of all the investigative information, including complete autopsy findings, the determination on the death of Epstein is below:
Cause: Hanging. Manner suicide,” Sampson stated.
The fatal injuries are “more consistent with homicide,” Baden said. “In fact, at the time of the autopsy, the doctor doing the autopsy didn’t think there was enough information to say suicide, so she put it ‘pending further study.’ The family wants to know why was it changed from pending further study to suicide afterward.”
“A week later, it was changed to homicide,” he continued. “The brother wants to know what did they get new in that week to make it to homicide. We don’t know.”
If Epstein was murdered, as the broken bones in his neck indicate, there would be a trail of DNA confirming his death was a homicide, as Epstein would have likely attempted to retaliate against the perpetrator.
The team of investigators obtained nail clippings they found in Epstein’s cell along with the sheets he used as ligature to allegedly hang himself. Yet, 80 days after his death, no information on the DNA, which takes just days to uncover, has been released — another red flag indicating a cover-up of foul play, Baden argued.
“They took fingernail clippings to see if there is anyone else’s DNA on it and that hasn’t been released, neither has the information about whose DNA is on the ligature. A ligature is made out of torn strips of orange sheets, and whoever made it had to have a lot of DNA on it and the brother has been asking that from day one,” he said. “We don’t even know who’s examined it.”
“The medical examiner at the time of the first autopsy did swabs of all the clothing on him for DNA, but who has the ligature? Who has that information, why isn’t that being released?” he questioned. The FBI usually investigates, would be investigating it. The brother wants to know, one, did the FBI get ahold of that ligature? And two, it only takes a couple of days to get the DNA, what’s the result?”
In addition to the broken bones in Epstein’s neck, which are impossible to be suffered by hanging, and the withholding of DNA evidence, the extremely rare occurrences that coincided in the prison at the time of the high-profile inmate’s death are inconceivably just a coincidence, Bader contends.
“It’s eighty days now and the brother feels he’s getting a run around. And to add to it, there was a total breakdown in security – the video cameras didn’t work, the guards went to sleep,” he exclaimed.
“He had a new roommate now, because it was suicide watch – a different roommate,” he continued. “But that roommate was pulled away a day or two before, so that there was no roommate with him. No suicide watch, no security guards, no video tapes that were working. Was the FBI able to get some information from the videos?”
Epstein was allegedly left alone, with no surveillance or guards watching him from 3:30 am to 6:30 am on Aug. 10, when corrections officers found his body. The two prison guards who were responsible for overseeing his cell purportedly fell asleep, a situation Bader said he’s never seen in decades of investigating prison deaths.
The odds of two prison guards falling asleep is “extremely unlikely,” he said. “I have never seen it in 50 years of investigating all deaths that occur in prisons in New York State – never had two guards fall asleep at the same time or the video doesn’t work. The issue would be, did somebody come in and cause his death?
“Occasionally a guard falls asleep, never two guards at the same time. The camera in the cell, watching him didn’t work. The camera in the hallway – to see if anybody came in or out of the cell—didn’t work. This is bizarre. His roommate was taken away so he was all by himself. Suicide watch was taken away.”
While some may suspect Bader is biased and refuting the medical examiner’s conclusions because he was hired by the Epstein family, the forensic pathologist, who served as chairman of the House Select Committee on Assassinations’ Forensic Pathology Panel that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy and was hired by the FBI to examine prison deaths, maintains an additional medical examiner is typically used to perform oversight of an often corrupt justice system.
“Gov. Rockefeller, after Attica in ’71, set up a special board to look into all deaths in prisons in New York state because of the concern that police, medical examiners, and guards were biased when the inmates complained that deaths were being covered up and we have a separate board that looks into all these deaths.”
If everyone were seeking truth in Epstein’s murder, Bader continued, the FBI would have hired more than one source to conduct the autopsy.
“If the attorney general is investigating the cause of death, as they are doing for security in this issue, somebody should have been investigating everything that has to do with the autopsy.
Mark Epstein is concerned that if he were murdered, then other people who have information might be at risk and in jeopardy, Bader said in conclusion.
“He wants to find the answer to it and he thinks that his brother wasn’t attacked in a suicide, but he’d like to get the information that he hasn’t been able to get so far,” he said.
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