Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself: Graphic Death Photos Reveal
January 7, 2020
On January 5, 60 Minutes released photos from Jeffrey Epstein’s cell the morning of his death. Epstein, 66, was found dead on August 10, 2019 in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
His death had been ruled a suicide by the New York City Medical Examiner’s office. Epstein’s brother Mark had hired Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist and a former New York City medical examiner, to investigate his brother’s death. Dr. Baden was witness to the four-hour autopsy, and after seeing all of the evidence below, he believes this is more consistent with murder. The majority of the population weighing in on this would agree.
August 9, 8:00 a.m. – Epstein’s cellmate is transferred out of the prison in a routine, prearranged transfer and he is not assigned a new cellmate.
• August 9, 7:49 p.m. – Epstein returned to the SHU from a visit with his Attorneys, who reported him to be “upbeat.”
• August 9, 10 p.m. – All inmates are locked in their cells for the night.
• August 9, 10:30 p.m. – Allegedly, this is the last time a guard walked up to the entrance to the area where Epstein was held, until Epstein was found around 6:30 a.m. They were supposed to do rounds every 30-minutes, but had allegedly skipped them all and falsified records.
• August 10, 6:00 a.m. – The two guards, Noel and Thomas, received a delivery of the breakfast carts and at 6:30 a.m. entered the tier where Epstein was housed.
• August 10, 6:33 a.m. – The guards find Epstein alone in his cell and unresponsive with a noose around his neck, and activate the alarm in the SHU.
• August 10, 7:30 a.m. – The paramedics arrived with Epstein at the New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan hospital where they eventually pronounced him dead.
Many are still under the belief that Epstein was on suicide watch. He was not. He had been taken off suicide watch on July 29th. Side note: The last suicide at MCC was 14 years ago.
Autopsy Report pertaining to the alleged hanging:
• Ligature furrow of neck
• Petechial hemorrhages of bilateral palpebral conjunctivae and of oral mucosa
• Confluent hemorrhages of right bulbar conjunctiva
• Plethora of face and head with petechial hemorrhages of face
• Fractures of bilateral thyroid cartilage cornua and left hyoid cornua with accompanying soft tissue hemorrhages
Other details can be seen in the report above.
One big misconception floating around on social media is that the note was a “suicide note.” Quite the opposite. In fact, this was a list of complaints. Why would he write down complaints to share if he had no intentions of sticking around?
The list says: “Kept me in a locked shower stall for 1 hour. Sent me burnt food. Giant bugs crawling over my hands. No fun!!”
The Mystery Noose & Cords
Two nooses were photographed in the cell, while other pieces of bed linen remained tied to various areas of the bunk. One was taken into evidence, seen in the photo above, presumably because it was thought to be the noose used to kill himself. There are several things off about this.
• The guard who found Epstein allegedly cut him down. If that were the case, this noose shown above would have cut marks in the fabric and it does not. “It doesn’t look like anybody ever took scissors to it,” said 60 Minutes’ Sharyn Alfonsi. “So there is some question—is that the right noose?”
• There doesn’t appear to be any blood on it, yet the photo of Epstein’s neck clearly indicates a band of blood across it.
• Dr. Baden said the noose doesn’t appear to match the wound on Epstein’s throat. He also stated, “there were other wires and cords present that it would’ve been easy to use to hang oneself within a few minutes.” He is referring to the cords from Epstein’s sleep apnea machine.
• What they are referring to as the “second noose,” shown in a photo below, appears to have a tiny loop in it with a knot and a knot at the other end, hardly making it a “noose.”
• The noose that was put into evidence is perfectly intact. Aside from having no apparent blood on it, how did they possibly slide this loop over his head, when the head is considerably larger than the neck? So much pressure was applied that he had fractured his thyroid cartilage and hyoid, leaving a band of blood across his neck. It would seem it would have had to be extremely tight to cause that level of damage. Can a bed linen sheet stretch that much to pull it over his head, and if so, how the heck did he hang himself with it if it were that stretchy?
• The location of the blood mark across his neck seems to be low for a “hanging,” and more in line with strangulation. The mark also would be more consistent with a cord or wire. I cannot imagine a bed sheet causing his neck to bleed.
• One of the pieces of bed sheet tied to the ladder on the bunk bed is measured at 35” off the ground. That would put Epstein on his knees. He was nearly 6 feet tall. The only conceivable way to cause that much damage to his neck and throat area, would be for him to continuously thrash his head forward with great force. It is difficult to image how simply trying to “hang” from that position and height could cause that level of damage. The small fray of fabric tied to the window grate appears to be nearly twice that height, but there is very little room between the bed and wall to squeeze a nearly 6 feet tall man.
Were two nooses, along with multiple pieces of bed sheets tied to the bunk frame and window, laid out intentionally to create confusion of what was truly a “murder scene?”