(JTA) — A forensic pathologist hired by the family of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein says the autopsy “points to homicide rather than suicide.”
Dr. Michael Baden told “Fox & Friends” on Oct. 30 that the evidence suggests that Epstein, a convicted sex offender who was facing new sex trafficking charges for allegedly abusing dozens of minor girls, was strangled to death. Baden, 85, observed the autopsy.
The official cause of death was suicide.
Epstein, 66, was found in his jail cell early on Aug. 10 at the Metropolitan Correction Center in Manhattan. An unnamed official told The Washington Post that he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to the top of a bunk bed.
Baden cited the specific fractures on Epstein’s neck, saying they are unusual in hangings by suicide and more common in death by strangulation. He also said there were hemorrhages in Epstein’s eyes that were common in homicidal strangulation and uncommon, though not unheard of, in suicidal hangings.
His death spawned online conspiracy theories, including that Epstein was killed to keep him from incriminating others.
Epstein was set to face trial next year for alleged offenses in New York and Florida, which include paying and coercing girls as young as 14 into performing sexual acts.