A PATHOLOGIST hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s family to investigate his death has said shocking new autopsy photos are proof the pedophile DIDN’T kill himself.
Dr Michael Baden claimed the grisly images revealed yesterday showing injuries to Epstein’s neck “are more indicative of homicide”.
Newly-released images show the inside of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s New York cell[/caption]
Epstein used the sheets from the bed in his cell to hang himself in August, according to New York officials[/caption]
Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges before his death in August at Manhattan’s Correctional Center – which was officially ruled as suicide by hanging.
But Dr Baden, hired by the disgraced financier’s brother Mark, told Fox News on Monday that the alleged ligature Epstein apparently used to hang himself “doesn’t match” the bloody mark on his neck.
Dr Baden said: “It was too wide and too smooth.
“This is a rougher injury.”
He went on to note there was no blood on the alleged noose – despite photos showing blood on Epstein’s neck.
And Dr Baden insisted that the three neck fractures Epstein suffered are unlikely to have been caused by hanging.
The graphic photographs, which featured on CBS TV’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, showed the lifeless face of a frozen Epstein.
They also documented the orange prison bedsheet the convicted pedophile allegedly used to hang himself.
Since the financier’s death, conspiracy theories speculating that Epstein was murdered have been rife.
Dr Baden’s opinion will further fuel doubt about the official version of events.
FIRST RESPONDERS SLAMMED
In his interview, the private pathologist also questioned the actions of paramedics who first attended the scene.
He said that first responders “destroyed a lot of the forensic evidence” by removing Epstein’s body from the cell so quickly.
Dr Baden added: “EMS is not supposed to remove dead bodies from jails.
“They’re supposed to have a whole forensic workup, what kind of forensic evidence is on the clothing, how long the person was dead.
“We can tell from the ligature mark that he had been – there was a tight ligature around his neck for many hours, and the front of the neck, before he was found – so he was dead for a long time.
“But we could be more specific about that if somebody tested out the stiffness of the body, et cetera, at the scene.”
Epstein was found dead in Manhattan’s Correctional Center last August[/caption]
Conspiracy theories have swirled around the fact Epstein’s hyoid bone, found at the base of the neck, was broken in three places[/caption]
A broken bone removed from Epstein’s neck during his autopsy[/caption]
The graphic images released on Sunday showed the disgraced financier’s body lying on a gurney[/caption]
There were multiple fractures of the Adam’s apple, the thyroid cart lamb and the hyoid bone that are more indicative of a homicidal strangulation than a suicidal strangulation
Dr Michel Baden
Earlier, Dr Baden told CBS This Morning: “There were multiple fractures of the Adam’s apple, the thyroid cart lamb and the hyoid bone that are more indicative of a homicidal strangulation than a suicidal strangulation.
“[With] hanging suicide 90 percent of the time there are no fractures, maybe 10 per cent, 15 per cent, they have hyoid or thyroid fracture.
“You don’t have three fractures with the weight of the body on the ligature.
“You to have a lot more pressure by ligature or by hands to get those fractures.”
Dr Baden, who observed the official autopsy of Epstein, also featured in the 60 Minutes show on Sunday.
When asked if he thought the financier had committed suicide, Dr Baden answered: “The forensic evidence released so far, including autopsy, point much more to murder and strangulation than the suicide and suicidal hanging.”
CITY INSISTS ON SUICIDE
New York City’s Medical Examiner’s Office said that it stands “firmly” behind its ruling of suicide.
The two prison guards responsible for checking in on Epstein the night of his suicide allegedly fell asleep and surfed the internet during his jail cell death, according to court testimony.
Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were later charged with falsifying records to cover up their failure to watch the shamed sex offender.
Noel and Thomas pleaded not guilty in November and were released on $100,000 bond each, the New York Post reported.
Rumors about a suicide conspiracy swirled weeks after Epstein’s death when sources told The Washington Post that video showing his July suicide attempt inside the maximum security prison was unusable.
A lawyer for the financier’s former cellmate claimed the video no longer existed on December 18.
Two days later, it was revealed that the CCTV footage was preserved by MCC staff, sparking an FBI probe into the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.
Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from underage girls in 2008.
He was forced to register as a sex offender and paid restitution to three dozen victims identified by the FBI.
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Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite accused of procuring underage girls for the billionaire, is currently hiding in safe houses in the UK and Israel to evade the scandal.
Her evasion has caused trouble for other Epstein pals like Prince Andrew, who reportedly begged Maxwell to publicly defend his name.
The alleged madam is the only witness to Virginia Roberts’ claims she was forced to have sex with the disgraced Duke of York when she was 17.
Paramedics attempt to revive Epstein after the discovery of his body[/caption]
A close-up of the wound to Epstein’s neck[/caption]
The legs of Epstein’s corpse shown after his death[/caption]
A medical examiner holds Epstein’s hand during his autopsy[/caption]
Images show Epstein’s bunk bed and items collected as evidence from his cell[/caption]
A bottle of Epstein’s medication collected after his death[/caption]
The outside of Epstein cell shown cordoned off by police tape[/caption]
An extension cord was also found inside the disgraced financier’s jail cell in a New York prison[/caption]
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite accused of procuring underage girls for the billionaire[/caption]
Prince Andrew, a close friend of Epstein, reportedly begged Maxwell to clear his name[/caption]