A Fox News medical correspondent believes the latest autopsy reports on Jeffrey Epstein “increase the chances” that his death was “a murder rather than a suicide.”
Dr. Marc Siegel, in an interview with Fox Business Network, discussed the developing reports on the death of the 66-year-old billionaire and convicted sex offender who died by apparent suicide last week at the federal prison in New York where he was being held without bond while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
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Asked if the latest developments in the autopsy may be evidence of foul play in Epstein’s death, Siegel said it seemed possible during his appearance on “Bulls & Bears” Thursday.
“It certainly increased the chances that this was a murder rather than a suicide,” he said, citing reports that the hyoid bone in Epstein’s neck was broken.
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A Washington Post report on Thursday indicated that Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, including the hyoid which is consistent with cases of strangulation. The finding may part of the cause for delay in the release of the autopsy results.
“In his case, the autopsy is now revealing that multiple bones were broken in his neck including the hyoid,” Siegel said Thursday.
“The hyoid bone might break in strangulation about one-third to one-half of the time. In suicide, hanging, it might break 6-10 percent of the time, depending on which study you look at… Much less percentage,” he explained.
“But in order to break that bone and multiple bones in the neck,” the physician continued, “you have to exert a lot of force if it’s a hanging. I don’t want to get too graphic here but he supposedly hung himself off a bunk bed with sheets. I’m thinking more a rope with a height.”
Siegel noted that at this point he would be looking for other signs of trauma, or whether there was any bruising or other indications that there was a struggle which could point to a homicide rather than a suicide.
Speaking with a Fox Business panel, Siegel expressed his opinion that Epstein was a “deeply depressed individual.”
A panelist pressed the doctor to give a definitive answer on whether he thought Epstein died at his own hand or was murdered, saying the whole case seemed like a “cover-up.”
“Something in this situation really smells,” Siegel replied, noting that the Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein was being held, has not had a suicide in decades. He noted that while suicide is a problem in jails around the nation “especially among sexual predators,” it was not an issue at the Manhattan lockup.
“I don’t know what happened here, but I don’t like the way it’s being put together,” he said. “There’s too many convenient excuses, there’s too many people – as you say – looking the other way.”
Siegel also questioned why Epstein, who reportedly attempted suicide just last month, wasn’t kept under armed guard in a psychiatric hospital instead of being left in a cell in the federal prison.
“I’m leaning more towards the possibility of a homicide at this point because of all those fractures in the neck,” Siegel concluded.
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