The case of the disgraced billionaire financier and hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein is filled with so many strange circumstances, that even the most skeptical readers are having a difficult time believing the official story. Now, after more details have been released from the autopsy, that official story has become even less believable.
The autopsy found that Epstein suffered from multiple broken neck bones, which is not common in cases of suicide.
In fact, the Washington Post reported that there were breaks to Epstein’s hyoid bone, which is an injury that experts say is more commonly seen in homicide victims.
It is important to know that these details were leaked by someone close to the matter, but the medical examiner has not issued an official statement on the injuries.
On Sunday, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson issued a statement saying that further investigation would need to be done to determine the exact cause of death, but no mention of the injuries was made at the time. Sampson also announced that the private pathologist Dr. Michael Baden would be overseeing the autopsy. This choice sparked controversy, considering that Baden was also involved in the autopsies of Martin Luther King Jr. and John Kennedy, two cases that have long been associated with conspiracy theories.
Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, told the Washington Post that the hyoid bone is near the Adam’s apple, and it is most common to see these types of breaks in cases of homicide.
“If hypothetically, the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging,” Arden, who was not involved with the autopsy, said.
Studies have also shown that it is incredibly uncommon to break the hyoid bone in a hanging suicide. One study that examined hanging suicides in India between 2010 and 2013 found that hyoid damage occurred in only 16 of 264 cases, which is about 6%.
These numbers are staggering and show that there is just a 6% chance that he actually killed himself, considering those injuries.
If Epstein did not take his own life, then who killed him?
It was reported by CBS that screams were heard from Epstein’s cell that night. Suspiciously, the security camera that was tasked with monitoring the area malfunctioned at the time of his death as well.
Those close to Epstein, primarily his lawyers, said that he was so optimistic about the case that it almost appeared “delusional” to anyone who had read the news reports about him. Epstein was entirely convinced that he was going to be absolved of all charges and that he would be able to get the charges dismissed under a “double jeopardy” ruling.
After Epstein’s initial brush with death a few weeks into his stay in prison, he expressed that he was concerned about his well-being and that he didn’t feel safe in the prison. He never mentioned any kind of suicidal thoughts during his stay in prison either.
After Epstein was found dead, Attorney General William Barr said that there were “serious irregularities” at the jail where he was being held.
In a speech to a law enforcement group in New Orleans, Barr said that he was angry with the facility for their “failure to adequately secure” the prisoner.