The mystery surrounding the death of Jeffrey Epstein continues. The well-connected sex trafficker was found dead in his jail cell of an apparent suicide back in August 2019. There have been many unanswered questions about his death, with many people believing he killed himself.
On Sunday, “60 Minutes” broadcast a report that only deepens the mystery.
They showed pictures of Epstein’s jail cell and autopsy photos taken following his death. The photos taken in his cell show piles of orange bed sheets with two of the sheets tied up into a noose.
However, no photo was taken of Epstein’s lifeless body in the cell, which is a direct violation of prison protocol. Instead, Epstein was taken to the emergency room, even after being pronounced dead.
Epstein had previously claimed that his cellmate tried to kill him. Then, after an initial suicide attempt, Epstein was taken off of suicide watch and his cellmate was removed. The day before his death, the guards reported that he was upbeat and was looking forward to his upcoming appeals court trial.
Obviously, that hearing never took place.
The guards who were on duty fell asleep and were browsing the internet at the time Epstein died. They subsequently falsified documents to cover up their dereliction of duty. Guards are supposed to check on inmates in the holding area where Epstein was kept every half hour. However, Epstein’s cell was checked at 7:49 p.m. and he wasn’t observed again until 6:30 a.m. By that time, he had long since passed away.
“60 Minutes” interviewed the man who witnessed the Epstein’s autopsy, and he said that there is more evidence that suggests Epstein was murdered than that he committed suicide.
Dr. Michael Baden is a well- respected pathologist who observed the autopsy on behalf of Epstein’s brother.
When asked if Baden suspected foul play, he replied, “The forensic evidence released so far, including autopsy, point more to murder and strangulation than the suicide and suicidal hanging. I hesitate to make a final opinion until all the evidence is in.”
Baden continued: “There were fractures of the left, the right, thyroid cartilage and the left hyoid bone,” Baden said. “This is an autopsy photo of Epstein’s broken hyoid bone, a U-shaped bone that sits under the jaw that part of the tongue attaches to. The thyroid cartilage sits at the front of the neck. I have never seen three fractures like this in suicidal hangings. Sometimes there’s a fracture of the hyoid bone or a fracture of the thyroid cartilage.”
What about the noose that Epstein was killed with?
Baden said, “What I see here is that this noose doesn’t match the ligature furrow mark. It’s wider than this…This looks like a clean noose that was never used to compress anybody’s neck… Most hangings – especially free hangings, the ligature slides up to beneath the jawbone, the mandible. Here it’s in the middle of the neck.”
What about the two cameras that were in the cellblock?
Well, only one of the two cameras was working. Attorney General William Barr has watched the footage from the working camera personally and he says that he saw nothing suspicious.
However, the second camera that wasn’t operational had a better angle into Epstein’s cell and would have been more likely to capture someone walking into his cell.
The Epstein mystery continues. The “60 Minutes” exposé adds yet another layer.