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Expert believes Epstein autopsy points to murder, not suicide

The Epstein case continues to throw up questions, as his autopsy has discovered a broken bone that is extremely common in homicidal strangulation.

 

 

The autopsy of the sensational death of Jeffrey Epstein has turned up a surprising result. According to one expert, Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck (particularly the hyoid bone), which is common in victims of homicide by strangulation.

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy, Barbara Sampson, listed the cause of his death as pending and did not comment on the injuries to Epstein’s neck.

Since the initial shock and the immediate finger-pointing, the case has become far more mysterious, as it now seems that officers at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre broke protocol and had not checked on Epstein for “several” hours before he was discovered.

Numerous outlets have reported that the guards were apparently asleep due to short-staffing on the wing.

 

Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said that a hyoid break is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging.

 

It is believed that Sampson’s office is now seeking additional information on Epstein’s condition in the hours before his death. This could apparently involve a toxicology screening to discover in there was anything new in his system, as well as interviews with guards and inmates nearest his cell.

Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said that a hyoid break is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging.

Arden, who was not involved in the autopsy, wants Sampson to investigate further. According to Arden, the location and the makeup of the noose and any bruising or marks on the body would be telling.

“The age of the deceased is also important….the hyoid starts out as three small bones with joint-like connections but hardens during middle age into a U-shape that can break more easily…If the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging,” he said.

 

 

 

 

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