- Dr. Michael Baden’s suggestion that Jeffrey Epstein’s injuries are inconsistent with a hanging suicide have reignited controversy over the case
- Industry experts agree that Baden’s observations, if accurate, don’t match up with his determined cause of death.
- Both Baden and NYC medical examiner Barbara Sampson are highly regarded in their field, so the conflicting observations are troubling.
Over the past few days, questions about the death of sex offender and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein made their way back into headlines. Epstein allegedly committed suicide in a New York prison on August 10 while he awaited trial on federal sex-trafficking charges involving minors. He’s been tied to international royalty, celebrities and a wide range of politicians including both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, which has led many to speculate that his death wasn’t a suicide. Some believe Epstein was going to divulge incriminating details about high-profile government officials and therefore was murdered.
Epstien’s Cause of Death is Questioned
Several factors have contributed to calls for an investigation into Epstein’s death— ‘unusable’ surveillance footage from in front of his cell, guards that fell asleep during the time he died and the fact that he was taken off of suicide watch shortly before being found dead. However, the most compelling piece of evidence thus far has been remarks from Dr. Michael Baden, a former medical examiner and highly regarded forensic pathologist who examined Epstein’s body.
Baden was hired by the Epstein family to look into Jeffrey’s cause of death, and he says his findings were troubling. Specifically, Baden pointed to fractures on Epstein’s thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone as suspicious. According to Baden, those types of injuries are, “extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.”
That contradicts what current New York City medical examiner Barbara Sampson found earlier this year.