Epstein Injuries Seem Like Homicide, Says Doctor Hired by Family

Dr. Michael Baden says some evidence suggests that the U.S. financier, then detained on sex trafficking charges, was strangled rather than committed suicide

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Jeffrey Epstein's photo from the New York State Sex Offender Registry, March 28, 2017.
Jeffrey Epstein's photo from the New York State Sex Offender Registry, March 28, 2017.Credit: ,AP

A longtime forensic pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's brother says some evidence suggests Epstein died by homicidal strangulation, not suicide by hanging.

Dr. Michael Baden raised concerns Wednesday on Fox News about the New York City medical examiner's findings that ruled Epstein's death a suicide. The autopsy report appeared to put much speculation about the 66-year-old financier's death to rest.

New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson says Wednesday she stands "firmly" behind her findings.

Baden says Epstein's injuries included fractures to the larynx and hyoid bone. He says he hasn't seen that in a suicide in 50 years of death investigations, but cautioned that his observations were not conclusive.

Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center with a bedsheet around his neck on August 10. He'd been held there since his July 6 arrest on sex trafficking charges.

Epstein, who was raised in a Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York, made his fortune trading options on Wall Street and managed a finance management company whose clients included some of the wealthiest people in the United States. Epstein has extensive contacts with senior business people and politicians. His close contacts included U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

In an earlier investigation, which ended in a 2008 plea deal and state rather than federal charges, Florida authorities found that Epstein paid dozens of girls as young as 14 or 15, some of them runaways or foster children, for sexual services between 1999 and 2005.

At a raid at his New York mansion after his July arrest, police found hundreds of photographs of underage girls.

That month, Haaretz reporter Gidi Weitz uncovered that the registered sex offender partnered with former Prime Minister Ehud Barak to invest in his startup, Reporty Homeland Security, which later changed its name to Carbyne.

Barak, who at the time of the report was running for Knesset in the September election, is the chairman of Carbyne and according to reports by business media outlets, his personal investment in the company totals in millions of dollars. Haaretz has learned that Epstein financed a considerable part of the investment, thus becoming a partner in the project. Barak rejected reports that he met with Epstein in the company of women or young girls.