The investigation into the death of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein should not have been closed within five days, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden said Friday, explaining new evidence pointing to a homicide.
Baden said that Epstein’s eyes had burst capillaries, which could suggest that he was killed by strangulation. Baden stated that during a hanging, the loop the body is hanging from usually hits under the windpipe and mandible.
"With homicidal strangulation, because of the increased pressure, there are hemorrhages in the eye," Baden said. "There were burst capillaries in the eyes called petechiae. That's not conclusive, but that's greater evidence of homicide than suicide.
"You don't need a whole lot of people. All you need is one bad guy," Baden stated, "That's why they have to deal with the guards. One guard gives them the key and opens up the cell...and nobody knows it because nobody's making rounds."
"It's been five months now and we don't even know the position of the body when it was found by the guard," he continued. Baden said he is frustrated because the investigation is no longer focused on the cause of Epstein’s death, but the failed security protocol in the Manhattan Correctional Center.
"The EMTs are not supposed to move a dead body,' said Baden.”He was clearly dead when they got there."
Baden, who was brought in by Epstein's family to review the medical examiner's findings, said that Epstein's death was "a very convenient death for a lot of people" and that a lot of things went wrong that "could have permitted a homicide."
"I think this is a poor way to investigate any death case," he concluded. "Within five days the case was closed out by the Medical Examiner's Office."
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