Medical Examiner: Photos Of Epstein’s Injuries Are More Consistent With Homicide
Former New York City medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden believes photos of Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy raise significant questions about his cause of death and claims the images point to homicide rather than suicide, according to Newsweek.
Baden, now a forensic pathologist in the private sector, said the evidence does not support the conclusion that Epstein took his own life. CBS’ 60 Minutes aired the graphic images during a program titled “Inside Jeffrey Epstein’s Cell.”
Baden told 60 Minutes that the fractures Epstein sustained do not comport with a “suicidal hanging,” in his experience. The forensic pathologist, who also sat in on Epstein’s four-hour autopsy at the family’s request, said the noose from the autopsy report does not appear to match the wounds on Epstein’s neck, further raising his suspicions.
Newsweek noted that photos from the autopsy show a thin, bloody line across Epstein’s neck, but the supposed noose appears too wide to cause such injury.
"What I see here is that this noose doesn't match the ligature furrow mark,” Baden told 60 Minutes.
Perhaps most striking, according to the former medical examiner, were Epstein’s fractured thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone — injuries not typically seen with suicide by hanging.
"There were fractures of the left, the right, thyroid cartilage and the left hyoid bone. I have never seen three fractures like this in a suicidal hanging. Sometimes there's a fracture of the hyoid bone or a fracture of the thyroid cartilage,” Baden said. "And going over a thousand jail hangings, suicides in the New York City state prisons over the past 40-50 years, no one had three fractures."
"The forensic evidence released so far, including autopsy, point much more to murder and strangulation than the suicide and suicidal hanging," Baden said during the program, though he was reluctant to offer a "final opinion" until all evidence has been reviewed.