AUTOPSY photos reveal paedo Jeffrey Epstein had a fracture on his neck – after a top pathologist today claimed he was murdered in prison.
A summary of the disgraced financier’s post mortem report has been released following a bombshell claim Epstein didn’t commit suicide in his cell in August.
New York City’s former chief medical examiner Dr Michael Baden, who worked on the OJ Simpson case, was hired by Epstein’s family to observe his autopsy.
The respected expert now suspects foul play, even though the current chief medical examiner Dr Barbara Sampson announced in August the death was a “suicide”.
Pictures from the autopsy show Epstein suffered two fractures – one on the left and another on the right sides of his larynx.
A third fracture can also be seen on his left hyoid bone – just above the Adam’s apple. This can break during hanging, but is more common in strangulation victims.
Dr Baden told Fox News: “Hanging does not cause these broken bones. Homicide does.”
The pathologist, who’s probed cases involving OJ, JFK and Martin Luther King, also said the neck fractures were “rare” .
But New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr Barbara Sampson said she “firmly” stands by her findings.
She added: “The original medical investigation was thorough and complete. There is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office.”
‘EVIDENCE OF HOMICIDE’
Baden, who examined more than 20,000 bodies during his career, suggested she may have “made a mistake” and claimed there was evidence of homicide.
He explained if a person weighed 120lbs and their head weighed 10lbs, there would be 110lbs of pressure on the neck at the jaw during a hanging.
But if someone put a hand around a person’s neck and squeezed, that could double or even triple the pressure on the neck, he revealed
There were also haemorrhages in Epstein’s eyes that were common in homicidal strangulation and uncommon, though not unheard of, in suicidal hangings, the former forensic pathologist said.
“The prominent haemorrhage in the soft tissues of the neck next to the fractures is evidence of a fresh neck compression that could have caused the death,” Baden said.
“It appears that this could have been a mistake. There’s evidence here of homicide that should be investigated, to see if it is or isn’t homicide.”
He also pointed to the supposed “total breakdown in security” around Epstein’s cell, saying it would be “extremely unlikely” two guards would fall asleep while video cameras were not working.
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“This is bizarre,” he said. “It deserves investigation.
Epstein’s shock death came two weeks after he was placed on suicide watch when he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck.
Law enforcement officials confirmed on August 10 he had taken his own life at the Metropolitan Correctional Center , which is where he had been held pending a trial on child sex-trafficking charges.