Ever since it was announced that Jeffrey Epstein hung himself in jail back in August, there’s been the suspicion that this was no mere suicide — many think it was foul play. Now, the findings of a private pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother are doing little to put these rumors to rest.
The Case for Suicide
On August 10th, while in jail on sex trafficking charges, Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell. He tried to avoid spending time in his cell as often as he could and even had lawyers showing up to the Metropolitan Correctional Center for up to 12 hours a day just so he could hang out in the private meeting room.
The millionaire, who was used to private islands and a $56-million mansion in Manhattan, had a hard time dealing with life in jail. In order to avoid confrontations with other inmates, he would deposit money in their commissary accounts and typically kept to himself.
According to reports from people at the jail, Epstein’s behavior started to change in the days before his death. He wasn’t bathing and was sleeping on the floor instead of his bed.
Even though he tried to commit suicide on July 23rd, corrections officers didn’t watch Epstein as they were directed. Overnight guards were told to check on him every 20 minutes.
On the night of August 9th, the officers allegedly fell asleep and failed to check his cell for a period of three hours. At 6:30 a.m. on August 10th, he was discovered unresponsive with a blue tinge to his skin by one of the guards. For all intents and purposes, he appeared to have hung himself with a bedsheet.
The Original Autopsy
As soon as it was announced that Epstein had committed suicide, conspiracy theories that he had actually been murdered started to appear online and in the news. In order to squash those rumors, an autopsy was performed and the results were released a mere six days after his death.
The results? Death by hanging.
New York City Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said she was able to rule out foul play.
Epstein’s lawyers didn’t think that Sampson did a very good job, and following her report, they made a statement:
“The defense team fully intends to conduct its own independent and complete investigation into the circumstances and cause of Mr. Epstein’s death, including, if necessary, legal action to view the pivotal videos, if they exist as they should, of the area proximate to Mr. Epstein’s cell during the time period leading to his death.”
-Epstein’s defense team
A few days later Mark Epstein, Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, hired a private pathologist to look over all the records from the autopsy.
On Wednesday, October 30th, Dr. Michael Baden, the pathologist hired by Mark Epstein, stated the medical records pointed towards homicide, not suicide.
Baden, who has been in the medical field for 50 years, said that Epstein’s injuries were consistent with someone being strangled. Three fractures, one on each side of his larynx and then on his Adam’s apple, are rare when someone hangs themselves. So rare that Baden says he has never seen it happen since he has been practicing medicine.
But wait, there’s more. Hemorrhaging in the neck also led Baden to his homicide conclusion. The pathologist made it clear that he’s still waiting on information to back up his initial report.
Sampson, the doctor who performed the original autopsy, is standing by her conclusions.
In a statement, she said:
“Our investigation concluded that the cause of Mr. Epstein’s death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide. We stand by that determination. We continue to share information around the medical investigation with Mr. Epstein’s family, their representatives, and their pathology consultant.
The original medical investigation was thorough and complete. There is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office.”
What do you think about the findings in the new report? Was it suicide or murder, and who do you think is responsible? Let us know in the comments.
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