In an interview with Fox & Friends on Wednesday, veteran expert forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden cast doubts on the official explanation of Jeffrey Epstein’s death.
The billionaire, who was being housed in a cell at the high-security Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, was found hanging in his cell on August 10. His demise came after prosecutors charged Epstein with numerous sex offenses relating to girls as young as 14 who were allegedly molested in New York and Palm Beach, FL, where the billionaire had homes. NYC Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson ruled Epstein’s death a suicide.
But Baden isn’t so sure.
“It appears that this could have been a mistake,” Baden told Fox News. “There’s evidence here of homicide that should be investigated, to see if it is or isn’t homicide.”
Baden, who once held Sampson’s position himself, was hired by Epstein’s family to get answers about the hedge fund manager’s death. The legendary medical examiner observed Epstein’s autopsy and came away with preliminary conclusions that differ with the official findings. He told Fox & Friends that fractures in Epstein’s neck – two on either side of his larynx and another on the left hyoid bone – were uncommon in cases of suicide.
“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden said. “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”
Baden emphasized that the fractures were not the only anomalies that could point to a homicidal ruling.
“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.
But he acknowledged that his study is not done yet. “The investigation is not completed until all the information has come in,” he said.
Baden’s findings are explosive, to say the least, and will surely reignite the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s demise. Any number of very powerful people were said to be implicated by information that Epstein – and possibly only Epstein – had. If he chose to bargain with prosecutors, he could have easily put a whole lot of rich, connected individuals in jeopardy. It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to conjure a scenario in which Epstein was murdered in his cell.
Baden’s theory will no doubt keep those scenarios alive.