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Jeffrey Epstein autopsy photo’s released and Dr. Michael Baden says the body bore signs of homicide by strangulation

Jeffrey Epstein autopsy photo's released and Dr. Michael Baden says the body bore signs of homicide by strangulation

Dr. Michael Baden shared his suspicions over the nature of Jeffrey Epstein’s death in an interview with ‘Fox and Friends’ and 60 minutes after the graphic autopsy photos were released.

Baden, whom Jeffrey Epstein’s brother hired and who observed the autopsy, described how the 66-year-old financier had two fractures – one on the left and another on the right sides of his larynx, around the Adam’s apple.

Baden described how the 66-year-old financier had numerous fractures – including one on the left and another on the right sides of his larynx.

Epstein also had a fracture on the left hyoid bone that is above the Adam’s apple.

Baden said such injuries are ‘extremely unusual in suicidal hangings’ and occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.

The 85-year-old added: ‘I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case’.

Epstein also had a fracture on the left hyoid bone that is above the Adam’s apple, Baden explained.

‘Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,’ Baden said, adding that signs of a possible homicide had been evident from ‘day one’ of the autopsy. 

Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

‘Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,’ Baden said, adding that signs of a possible homicide had been evident from ‘day one’ of the autopsy 

A microscopic view of two fractures (circled) on the left and right of Epstein's thyroid

A microscopic view of two fractures (circled) on the left and right of Epstein’s thyroid.

A diagram from Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy report shows the approximate location of a fracture on his hyoid bone

A diagram from Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy report shows the approximate location of a fracture on his hyoid bone.

Baden described that a person weighing 120lbs – with a head weight of 10lbs – would have 110lbs of pressure on their neck at the jaw during a hanging. However, the pathologist described that double or triple the pressure could be applied to the neck if a person was to squeeze.

He added that there were also hemorrhages in Epstein’s eyes that were consistent in homicide strangulation yet uncommon – but not unheard of – in strangulation cases. 

The three fractures Epstein sustained are seen in the diagram above

The three fractures Jeffrey Epstein sustained are seen in the diagram above.

The photos from inside his cell reveal that fragments of material were found hanging from a window, while a large strip of bedding was also looped through a hole on the top bunk bed.

The photos from inside his cell reveal that fragments of material were found hanging from a window, while a large strip of bedding was also looped through a hole on the top bunk bed.

The images, which were obtained by 60 Minutes and shown publicly for the first time on Sunday, were taken by the New York City medical examiner's office after Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in his federal prison cell

The images, which were obtained by 60 Minutes and shown publicly for the first time on Sunday, were taken by the New York City medical examiner’s office after Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself in his federal prison cell.

Multiple nooses fashioned from the orange bedding were found on the floor of Epstein's cell

Multiple nooses fashioned from the orange bedding were found on the floor of Epstein’s cell.

The photos from inside his cell reveal that fragments of material were found hanging from a window, while a large strip of bedding was also looped through a hole on the top bunk bed

The photos from inside his cell reveal that fragments of material were found hanging from a window, while a large strip of bedding was also looped through a hole on the top bunk bed.

Graphic photographs from Epstein's autopsy have revealed for the first time his bloodied neck wound after he killed himself on August 10

Graphic photographs from Epstein’s autopsy have revealed for the first time his bloodied neck wound after he allegedly killed himself on August 10.

Epstein's autopsy report found his neck had been broken in several places, including the hyoid bone located near the Adam's apple

Epstein’s autopsy report found his neck had been broken in several places, including the hyoid bone located near the Adam’s apple.

Epstein's autopsy report found his neck had been broken in several places, including the hyoid bone located near the Adam's apple. Pictured above is his broken hyoid bone

Epstein’s autopsy report found his neck had been broken in several places, including the hyoid bone located near the Adam’s apple. Pictured above is his broken hyoid bone.

Forensic experts have said that breakages to that specific bone could occur when people hanged themselves but were more commonly seen in victims who had been strangled.

‘I have never seen three fractures like this in a suicidal hanging,’ Dr. Baden told 60 Minutes.

‘Going over a thousand jail hangings, suicides in the New York City state prisons over the past 40–50 years, no one had three fractures.’  

Dr. Baden said the injuries on his body also showed contusions on both wrists, muscle hemorrhaging in his left shoulder and abrasion of his left arm.

Epstein also had a cut on his lip and burst capillaries on his face, mouth, and eyes, according to the autopsy. 

The handwritten note found in Epstein’s cell, which was found alongside a ballpoint pen, contained complaints he seemingly had about prison conditions. 

Among the complaints were that one guard had ‘kept me in a locked shower stall for 1 hour’ and another ‘sent me burnt food’. 

Epstein also wrote: ‘Giant bugs crawling over my hands. No fun!!’ 

The handwritten note found in Epstein's cell, which was found alongside a ball point pen, contained complaints he seemingly had about prison conditions including that a guard had kept him locked in a shower stall for an hour

The handwritten note found in Epstein’s cell, which was found alongside a ballpoint pen, contained complaints he seemingly had about prison conditions including that a guard had kept him locked in a shower stall for an hour.

The photos from inside the cell also showed multiple prescription pill bottles and food on the top bunk

The photos from inside the cell also showed multiple prescription pill bottles and food on the top bunk.

Prescription pill bottles with Epstein's name on them were also found inside his cell

Prescription pill bottles with Epstein’s name on them were also found inside his cell.

Another noose that appeared to be made out of bed sheets was found elsewhere in Epstein's cell after his death

Another noose that appeared to be made out of bedsheets was found elsewhere in Epstein’s cell after his death.

The circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death continue to raise questions about protocol at the federal prison.  

The two prison guards who were responsible for checking in on Epstein the night he hanged himself have since been charged with falsifying records and conspiracy.

Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41, – who have pleaded not guilty – were allegedly shopping online for furniture and napping instead of checking on the millionaire pedophile in his jail cell just 15 feet away from them.

After they discovered Epstein dead, the officers allegedly told a supervisor they had ‘messed up’ and ‘didn’t do any checks’ in the hours before he killed himself, according to a criminal complaint.

Noel and Thomas, who were assigned to Epstein’s Special Housing Unit at the federal jail, are accused of failing to check on him every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to claim they had.

The two guards were required to jointly conduct institutional counts at 4pm, 10pm, 12am, 3am and 5am of the prisoners in the unit. They were supposed to walk the six levels of the unit to count every inmate. 

In addition to that count, officers assigned to the unit Epstein was in were required to walk around every 30 minutes to ensure inmates are ‘alive and accounted for’, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors said surveillance video showed the pair did not conduct a single count despite them logging that they did. 

Source: Daily Mail