On Sunday evening, CBS television’s news magazine, 60 Minutes, aired their investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s death, which included pictures from inside his cell after his hanging, and several graphic photos from the autopsy.
Epstein’s death last year was ruled a suicide, but his autopsy photos tell a different story according to former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden, who observed the autopsy at the behest of Epstein’s family.
While Baden says he’s not reaching a final conclusion, he explained he is troubled by the fractures of the hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage fractures. “No one had three fractures” in forty years of suicides in New York state prisons and jails, Baden claims.
Later in the piece, 60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi laid out the circumstances leading up to Epstein’s death:
“So Epstein’s taken off suicide watch, the day before he kills himself, his roommate is— removed from the cell,” she explains. “The cameras on his tier are not working. The guards fell asleep. It seems almost impossible to think all of those things could happen in that way.”
Additionally, one significant question brought up in the 60 Minutes report wasn’t medically related at all. According to photos shown of Epstein’s cell he was allowed to use a CPAP machine, with an extension cord. Why would Epstein have torn up bedsheets for a noose when he had plenty of electrical cord to use? It would have been a lot easier to use those cords rather than fashion ropes out of the fabric found in the cell. Furthermore, Baden argues, the fractures could not have occurred without forward pressure on the larynx, which this bedsheet noose would not likely have provided.
You can watch the 60 Minutes investigation here