More Suspicion as Top ME Says Epstein’s Death Was Likely Homicide
Multiple forensic pathologists have come forward and cast doubt on the official ruling of Jeffrey Epstein’s death as a suicide including world-renown pathologist Dr. Michael Baden.
One of the top forensic pathologists in the world is bolstering public skepticism over high-profile sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s death and alleged suicide in August, arguing that the evidence is more consistent with homicide strangulation.
“I think that the evidence points to homicide rather than suicide,” Dr. Michael Baden, who was New York City’s chief medical examiner in the late 1970s, told the Miami Herald. Baden found Epstein’s injuries to be “extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation…I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging.”
Jeffrey Epstein’s brother Mark hired Baden as a private forensic pathologist because he believes authorities have not provided a thorough investigation of his brother’s death.
“The brother, Mark, doesn’t think it was suicide — he is concerned it might be murder. It’s 80 days now and if, in fact, it is a homicide, other people might be in jeopardy,’’ Baden told the Herald.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson, who ruled Epstein’s death a suicide, quickly dismissed Baden’s findings and said their was no need to investigate further.
“Our investigation concluded that the cause of Mr. Epstein’s death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide,” Sampson said in a statement. “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.”
Mark Epstein, Epstein’s only sibling and his next of kin, contradicted Sampson’s claim that she was sharing information with him and his representatives. Mark has been unable to obtain the EMS report or the hospital report, Baden says, and Sampson has still not released the full autopsy report.
“I’d like additional information,” said Baden. “Whose DNA is on the ligature? Was the FBI able to get any information from the jail cell’s video and hall video? Did they find it shows him hanging himself up or someone unauthorized went into the cell from the hallway? Did the FBI interview any of the inmates? Did they interview any of the guards who were allegedly asleep?”
Baden also noted that the pathologist who actually performed the autopsy, Dr. Kristin Roman, did not find that Epstein hung himself and determined the case “pending.”
“The autopsy did not support suicide,’’ Baden said. “That’s what she put down. Then Dr. Sampson changed it a week later, manner of death to suicide. The brother has been trying to find out why that changed. … What was the evidence?”
Other pathologists have expressed uncertainty about the situation.
“I say with skepticism that traditionally I do not see this described extent of injury with suicides,” forensic pathologist Priya Banerjee told the Rolling Stone. “These are definitely highly atypical and highly concerning.”
Forensic Pathologist Judy Melinek told the Rolling Stone that she can’t make a conclusive statement without full information: “Until the police reports, scene and autopsy photos, and jail hallway videos are released or discovered as part of a civil legal proceeding, there is no way of knowing whether the Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Sampson, or Dr. Baden are relying on incomplete information,”
Skepticism Of Official Narrative
Many observers have expressed skepticism of the official Epstein narrative, as well as the justice system and media sources that propagate it without providing concrete evidence. After all, the justice system granted him an extremely lenient plea deal in 2008 and the major media outlets ignored him and his vast network of rich and powerful friends until Julie K. Brown’s investigation for the Miami Herald in November 2018.
Critics find it strange that the most high-profile criminal in the world was taken off suicide watch weeks after allegedly attempting to die by suicide, and that he was put in a room where he could use a bed sheet to hang himself. The malfunction of security cameras and the failure of guards, who were supposed to check him every 30 minutes and allegedly falsified records, has also led critics to question the official narrative.
Bader has called for a deeper investigation by the authorities, although some critics express skepticism of a justice system led by Attorney General William Barr, whose father mysteriously gave Epstein a teaching position despite a lack of relevant qualifications in 1974, and whose former law firm defended Epstein in 2008 alongside former Trump labor secretary Alexander Acosta.
Bader said that the authorities need to release more concrete evidence in support of their version of events. “There’s always concern that if the only reporting you are getting is from those involved in the care of that inmate that it may be biased,’’ he said.
As the Herald reported:
“Baden said he saw a photograph of Epstein’s cell after his body was removed. It showed a ligature fashioned from an orange bed sheet on the floor of the cell. Baden said he was told — but shown no written report — that a corrections officer found Epstein’s body, on his knees, with the orange ligature around his neck, tied to the top bunk in his cell.
He pointed out that authorities have only the word of the people in the jail as to what happened, and his impression is that the officers were not forthcoming.
‘He was stone-cold dead when they found him,’ Baden said. ‘He had been dead for three hours. Rigor mortis set in, and it was apparent he was dead, yet they called EMS and didn’t photograph how the body was found.’
‘They rushed the body out of the jail, which they shouldn’t do because that destroys the evidence.’’’