On Wednesday (October 30), a celebrity forensic pathologist hired by the late Jeff Epstein’s brother Mark claimed that the disgraced money manager’s death looked more like a homicide than suicide.
Dr. Michael Baden (pictured) is the forensic pathologist who was hired by the Epstein family to conduct a private autopsy on the deceased founder of the Financial Trust Company. Dr. Baden was formerly a forensic pathologist with the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. He was present at Epstein’s original autopsy, which was performed in August by the current NYC medical examiner’s office of Dr. Barbara Sampson.
“[The fatal marks on Jeff Epstein’s body appeared] more indicative of homicidal strangulation. I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide,” Dr. Baden said in an exclusive interview with Fox News (where he is also a guest contributor).
“[I saw that there were a number of fractures in Epstein’s neck – particularly those in the hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage. Injuries to these areas are] very unusual for suicide,” Dr. Baden concluded.
In August, Dr. Sampson ruled that Epstein’s jailhouse death was a suicide after law enforcement officials reached that same conclusion shortly after the accused sex trafficker was pronounced dead. At the time of his August 10 death, Epstein, 66, was in federal custody awaiting trial. He was accused in his federal indictment of trafficking girls as young as 14-years-old for illicit sexual purposes.
However, Mark Epstein and his late brother’s defense attorneys disputed the official conclusions given by law enforcement officials and the NYC medical examiner’s office. But Dr. Sampson stood by her bureau’s final conclusion in regard to Jeff Epstein’s death by suicide.
“The original medical investigation was thorough and complete. There is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office,” she wrote in an email to Agence France-Presse, a national French media outlet.
Dr. Baden has worked on a number of very high-profile cases. He performed two autopsies on Donna Payant, the first-ever female corrections officer in history to be killed inside an American prison. Payant worked at New York State’s notorious Green Haven Correctional Facility.
In 1983, convicted rapist, robber, and serial killer Lemuel Smith was found guilty of Payant’s gruesome 1981 rape and murder.