Forensic pathologist: Evidence points to strangulation as cause of Epstein death

The mysterious death of high-profile pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in his Manhattan jail cell set the world ablaze in August, prompting rumors that his death was a murder, rather than a suicide.

Now, former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden has come forward to assert that the evidence shows that Epstein did not, in fact, kill himself.

A clip released to the New York Post shows Baden explaining why he believes that the rumors that Epstein was murdered are true. Baden examines the graphic photographs of the deceased financier and pointed to several signs that show there’s more to the story than officials would have the public believe.

A week after Epstein’s death, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner concluded that Epstein’s cause of death was suicide by hanging. The medical examiner has stood by that statement, despite a host of suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and subsequent investigation.

Baden disagrees with the official conclusion and told Dr. Oz in an interview that burst capillaries in Epstein’s eyes and the lack of lividity or purple coloring in Epstein’s legs show that his death can’t be attributed to hanging.

“The blood settles after we die. The so-called lividity, if you’re hanging, the lividity is on the lower part on the legs. These would be like maroon/purple, front and back and they aren’t,” the forensic pathologist pointed out.

Bader also explained why the burst blood vessels point to strangulation, and not hanging:

In a hanging, the arteries and the blood vessels, the veins are both clogged off and the person is pale. The face is pale, with manual strangulation, there’s a backup of a pressure and the little capillaries can rupture and they’re best seen in the eye.

The Post reported that despite these signs, “authorities believe Epstein tied one end of a prison sheet around his neck and the other around a bed railing before kneeling forward, hanging, until he died.”

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