Was Jeffrey Epstein’s death suicide or homicide? Dr. Siegel says one appears ‘more likely’
By Nick Givas, Aug 15, 2019
Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel said Thursday that it’s “more likely” Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a homicide rather than a suicide, following a full autopsy of Epstein’s body that reportedly found broken bones in his neck.
“The hyoid bone in the neck being fractured and other fractures in the neck, make it more likely, and again, this is a percentage call, more likely that it was a homicide than a suicide,” Siegel said during an interview on “America’s Newsroom.”
Siegel said he is still waiting for more information before rendering a final opinion, but expressed suspicion and skepticism about the details surrounding Epstein’s death.
“It can either be a suicide or a homicide still… I am now more suspicious than ever that this could be a homicide,” he said.
“If someone is attacked, you see signs of the attack on the body… It hasn’t been released yet. I’m waiting to see that.”
Siegel also addressed the lack of judgment allegedly displayed by prison doctors and officials, after they deemed Epstein to be in good mental health, just six days after he had been placed on suicide watch.
“Six days on a suicide watch, prison officials reportedly removed it. Prison officials, guided by who? What self-respecting psychiatrist would say, ‘okay, he’s no longer suicidal,'” he said.
“There was evidence on July 23rd that he may have done something to his neck, or someone did… suddenly six days later he waves his hand, says he’s fine, and he’s put in an area where ultimately he’s unobserved — because as you know, people fall asleep and they falsify records reportedly.” Read more.
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Aug 15, 2019
CNN – An autopsy performed on Jeffrey Epstein showed he “sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones,” the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
People familiar with the autopsy report told the newspaper the bones broken in Epstein’s neck included the hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple.
This sort of break can happen when a person hangs themselves or dies by strangulation, forensics experts told the Post.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in the special housing unit of the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York on Saturday. He was in a cell by himself.
The multimillionaire hedge fund manager had been jailed since early last month, awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of operating a sex trafficking ring from 2002 to 2005 at his Manhattan mansion and his Palm Beach estate in which he paid girls as young as 14 for sex. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Two prison staff members who’d been guarding the unit where Epstein died by apparent suicide failed to check on him that night for about three hours, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing several law enforcement and prison officials with knowledge of the investigation.
Officials have cautioned to CNN that they don’t know what the staff members were doing during that time and are still trying to pin that down. NY Priest Suicides After Taking Mood Disorder Drug
Guards are supposed to check on detainees in the special housing unit every 30 minutes, a source with knowledge of Epstein’s time at the prison previously told CNN.
One staffer was not currently a regular guard; both were on overtime
Of the two officers who would have had responsibility to monitor Epstein, one was not currently a detention guard but was temporarily reassigned to that post, according to a person briefed on the matter. The guard, a man not identified by officials, had previously been trained as a corrections officer but had moved to another position. Read more.