The private pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein’s family says they have never been told why the pedophile’s cause of death was suddenly changed from inconclusive to suicide.
Former New York City medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden said the millionaire’s relatives have not been given any additional autopsy information that may have led to such a development.
Dr Baden was paid by the billionaire’s brother Mark to oversee the autopsy after he was found dead in his New York City prison cell in August. He now says that evidence in the case may have been staged to look like suicide and Epstein may have been murdered.
Speaking to Dr Oz he said: ‘The initial death certificate was issued at the time of the autopsy, it’s pending further study, getting more information.
‘Five days later it was changed to hanging suicide and one of the things the family wishes to know, the estate wishes to know is, what was that additional information that caused them to change it.’
Dr Baden says the family still doesn’t know ‘what happened to him in the first encounter and what happened to him when he was found dead’ five months later.
That’s something Dr Baden deems ‘very unusual, especially in a prison situation’.
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Dr. Michael Baden, pictured, told Dr Oz that Jeffrey Epstein’s family have never been told why the pedophile’s cause of death suddenly changed from inconclusive to suicide
The New York City Medical Examiner said Epstein’s autopsy was inconclusive a day after his death in August last year. Just five days later, on August 16, his death was officially ruled a suicide by hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan
The New York City Medical Examiner said Epstein’s autopsy was inconclusive a day after his death in August last year. Dr Barbara Sampson said it produced inconclusive results that required further investigation.
But just five days later, on August 16, his death was officially ruled a suicide by hanging. The medical examiner’s office then said that the autopsy and other evidence confirmed the 66-year-old hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
That prompted widespread conspiracy theories and speculation that he had instead been murdered.
Graphic photographs from Epstein’s autopsy were revealed for the first time during a 60 Minutes segment earlier this month – along with other images from inside his cell.
Multiple nooses fashioned from the orange bedding were found fastened to the window and top bunk bed and on the floor.
The photos also showed multiple prescription pill bottles, several electrical cords and enough bed sheets for several inmates dumped on the floor.
A handwritten note, which was found alongside a ball point pen, contained complaints he seemingly had about prison conditions.
Among the complaints were that one guard had ‘kept me in a locked shower stall for 1 hour’ and another ‘sent me burnt food’.
Epstein also wrote: ‘Giant bugs crawling over my hands. No fun!!’
Images taken inside Epstein’s New York prison cell show several nooses fashioned from bed sheets, pills and electrical cords. The images, which were obtained by 60 Minutes and shown publicly for the first time earlier this month, were taken by the New York City medical examiner’s office after Epstein killed himself in his cell last August
Multiple nooses fashioned from the orange bedding were found on the floor of Epstein’s cell
The photos from inside his cell reveal that fragments of material were found hanging from a window, while a large strip of bedding was also looped through a hole on the top bunk bed
Dr Baden added: ‘There is a real concern here that the way the sheets were torn and the way the noose was made was the staging of a suicide.
‘This noose, first of all, it doesn’t match the furrow. Number two, there’s no evidence that there’s any blood or tissue on any of the part of the loop. Most of all, this little area shows a pattern that wouldn’t be made by this smooth surface of the sheet that was torn to make the noose.
‘The problem I think why we’re here today, five months later, is that there’s been a total lack of transparency in what happened to Epstein.’
The billionaire pedophile, who was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls, was found dead on August 10 in his prison cell.
Brushing aside claims of bias as he is being paid by the Epstein family Dr Baden added: ‘As a forensic pathologist, if I’m being paid by the city, when I was the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City, or if I’m being paid by the family because they want to know what’s going on, my findings are the same. The science is the same.’
Dr Baden, left, was paid by the billionaire’s brother Mark to oversee the autopsy after Epstein was found dead in his New York City prison cell in August
Epstein, pictured, was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls
The circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death continue to raise questions about protocol at the federal prison.
The two prison guards who were responsible for checking in on Epstein the night he hanged himself have since been charged with falsifying records and conspiracy.
Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41, – who have pleaded not guilty – were allegedly shopping online for furniture and napping instead of checking on the millionaire pedophile in his jail cell just 15 feet away from them.
Dr. Michael Baden will appear on the Dr. Oz Show Thursday, January 16.