Forensic Pathologist Who Examined Epstein’s Body: Evidence Suggests He Was Murdered
Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden revealed on Wednesday that evidence discovered during Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy points to homicide.
The body of disgraced sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his Manhattan federal prison cell in August, showed signs of homicide despite an official ruling that he killed himself, Dr. Baden told Fox News in an interview Wednesday.
The bombshell claim by Dr. Baden is certain to reignite suspicions that surfaced immediately after Epstein, who was awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges involving underage girls, was discovered dead in his cell on Aug. 10.
Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who has worked on high-profile cases during a five-decade medical career, was hired by Epstein’s brother and observed the autopsy.
He said the autopsy findings are more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. He noted that the 66-year-old Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple, Baden told Fox News.
“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden said.
Baden, who’s examined more than 20,000 bodies and hosted HBO’s “Autopsy,” explained that if a person weighed 120 pounds and their head weighed 10 pounds, there would be 110 pounds of pressure on the neck at the jaw during a hanging. But, if someone put a hand around a person’s neck and squeezed, that could double or even triple the pressure on the neck, Baden said.
There were also hemorrhages in Epstein’s eyes that were common in homicidal strangulation and uncommon, though not unheard of, in suicidal hangings, the forensic pathologist said.
“The prominent hemorrhage in the soft tissues of the neck next to the fractures is evidence of a fresh neck compression that could have caused the death,” Baden said.
“I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case,” the 85-year-old medical legend told Fox News.