The New York Times reported Tuesday that Jeffrey Epstein purportedly tied a bed sheet to the top bunk in his cell and threw himself forward. Today, however, the results of the autopsy indicate that Epstein had multiple broken bones in his neck. That evidence is consistent with homicidal strangulation rather than suicide by hanging. Washington Post:
Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said. […]
The office of New York City’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, completed an autopsy of Epstein’s body Sunday. But Sampson listed the cause of his death as pending
The details add to the bizarre circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, which have launched a wave of questions and conspiracy theories about how he could have died in federal custody. Even President Trump has egged on speculation, without evidence, that Epstein — whose alleged victims say they were pushed to have sex with his powerful and celebrity friends — might have been killed to keep him from spilling the secrets of others. […]
Jonathan L. Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging.
The coroner’s office is seeking information on Epstein’s condition before his death. Video evidence of the hallway still has not been provided. Also, results of a toxicology screening to see if there were any unusual substances in his body have not been provided.
This does deepen the mystery about what happened to Epstein. Again, not jumping down the CT rabbit hole just yet, but this is an interesting development.